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Michael Dunlop sets Post Classic pace at Manx Grand Prix

Michael Dunlop was the star of the third timed practice of the 2010 Manx Grand Prix, lapping the 37.73-mile Mountain course at an average speed of over 115mph on a machine which is more than 25 years old.
Once again, Michael Dunlop – son of road racing great Robert and nephew of the legendary Joey – has show his class, this time during practice for the 2010 Manx Grand Prix.

During the third timed session, on Wednesday evening, Dunlop put in a series of stunning laps on the Post Classic Senior class, culminating in a fastest lap speed of 115.097mph – only just slower than the fastest lap recorded so far during this week's practice sessions, a 117.793mph circuit.

Dunlop's Suzuki XR69 is at least 25 years old, making the machine older than the rider, but that hasn't prevented it putting in speeds equivalent to some of the modern machinery in the Senior, Junior and Newcomer classes.

When Wednesday evening's session got under way, first out were Andy Brady and Wayne Kirwan in the Junior class, leading the field from the pit lane in front of the TT Grandstand.

Simon Fulton continued his good form from the previous night with a quick opening burst and he was fastest to the first checkpoint at Glen Helen, with Michael Sweeney in hot pursuit in the Junior Class and Ivan Lintin on his Senior machine.

Kirwan was first back to the Grandstand with a first lap of 116.1mph, a speed that was quickly beaten by Sweeney, Fulton and Lintin. Fulton clocked the quickest time of the week so far on his second lap, at 117.793mph, with Sweeney also inside the previous night's fastest lap at 117.319mph.

In the Newcomers A group, Manx riders Tim Venables and Andy Fenton both opened with 110mph-plus laps, with Venables recording his fastest of the week at 112.141mph. Dan Sayle comfortably clocked the fastest first lap in the Lightweights with 114.603, just outside Richard 'Milky' Quayle's MGP Lightweight lap record of 114.8 set in 1999.

Fenton later recorded the fastest Newcomer A time on his second lap with 113.192mph.

The Classic, Post Classic, Ultra Lightweight and Newcomers B session began on time at 7.10pm, with Bob Owen on the 1969 Seeley in the Senior Classic and Maria Costello on one of the Suzuki XR69s in the Post Classic first away.

Olie Linsdell looked like the man to watch in the Post Classics on the Yamaha FZ 746, with Michael Dunlop and Mark Buckley, both riding Suzuki XR69s, following close behind. Linsdell was quickest at each of the five timing checkpoints around the course and clocked the fastest first lap, at 113.87mph, ahead of Dunlop (112.022mph) and Buckley (109.125mph). MGP Rider Liaison officer Johnny Barton, on an '85 Suzuki GSXR, was the fourth fastest in the first lap of the practice, clocking 105.409.

Related Pictures

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Michael Dunlop sets amazing pace on his Post Classic Suzuki XR69 in the third timed practice session of the 2010 Manx Grand Prix (Dave Collister/Photocycles)
Guy Martin on the Honda Fireblade at the Isle of Man TT.
Dean Harrison, Dan Kneen and Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100.
Derek Sheils in action at the Walderstown road races.
Michael Dunlop at the Classic TT
Derek Sheils on the Cookstown B.E. Racing Suzuki at the Skerries 100.
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Alan Bonner was killed in an incident at the 33rd Milestone.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.

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August 26, 2010 4:08 PM

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