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William Dunlop continues to impress in Supersport class at TT

William Dunlop blazing a trail in Supersport class at Isle of Man TT as veterans Bruce Anstey and Michael Rutter hit front in superbike class
William Dunlop continues to shine on Wilson Craig's 600 Honda as he again led his rivals a merry dance during practice for the Isle of Man TT on Thursday.

The 26-year-old from Ballymoney topped the times at 125.467mph and must start Monday's opening Supersport race as the favourite after dominating the middleweight class all week.

He arrived at the TT high on confidence following his maiden victory in the four-stroke class at the North West 200 after edging out Alastair Seeley to win the first Supersport race.

In the Superbike session it was Kiwi Bruce Anstey who hit the front on his Padgetts Honda Superbike at 128.815mph from Michael Rutter on the MSS Bathams Kawasaki at 128.072mph.

Tyco Suzuki's Guy Martin was third fastest at 126.939mph.

Gary Johnson (126.458mph), Ian Hutchinson (126.251mph) and John McGuinness (125.984mph) rounded out the first six, although times were down from Wednesday's session due to the overcast conditions and some damp patches below the trees around the Mountain course.

McGuinness still boasts the fastest lap of the week so far on his Honda TT Legends machine at 130.079mph.

Dunlop's consistently fast times on his 600cc Honda have marked him out as the man to beat and on Wednesday he was some nine seconds faster than brother Michael, who already has a Supersport victory to his name following his triumph in 2009.

Michael managed a lap at 124.370mph on his Yamaha R6 to take second ahead of Anstey (123.649mph), Johnson (123.639mph) and Guy Martin – who was out on the Tyco Suzuki GSX-R600 for the first time this week - with a lap at 122.63mph.

Earlier in the evening, Dave Molyneux and Patrick Farrance topped the times with the fastest lap of the week in the Sidecar class at 113.538mph from Tim Reeves and Dan Sayle (112.218mph).

The Supersport/Lightweight session was halted for around 30 minutes following an incident at Sarah's Cottage.

The red flags were deployed to allow an ambulance to attend the scene to transport the injured competitor to Lambfell for transfer to the air ambulance.

He was later named as Stefan Holz, who was conscious with a right arm injury.

Dean Lindley/Leon Fitzpatrick had an accident at Douglas Road Corner in the Sidecar session.




Related Pictures

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Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts Honda during practice for the Isle of Man TT
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.
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.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.
Michael Dunlop at the start of the RST Superbike race on the Bennetts Suzuki.

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