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Dunlop leads way in Supertwin class at TT

'We all know what sort of racing pedigree that Josh [Brookes] possesses but the TT is a different animal to anything else he will tackle this season' - Tyco Suzuki team boss Philip Neill
Michael Dunlop set the pace in the opening practice session for the Supertwin 650 class at the Isle of Man TT on Saturday evening.

Honda TT Legends star Dunlop lapped at 113.56mph on the McAdoo Kawasaki ER6.

The 24-year-old, expected to challenge Honda team-mate John McGuinness for Superbike honours this year, sealed the fastest time for the Lightweight 650cc class from Ivan Lintin (113.420mph) and KMR Kawasaki's Michael Rutter (113mph).

Manx star Conor Cummins (Vauxhall KMR Kawasaki) was next at 112.590mph followed by Cameron Donald (112.510mph) and Dean Harrison (112.500mph), all Kawasaki-mounted.

Gary Johnson, having his first outing on the Chinese WK, machine lapped at a more than respectable 107.33mph before pulling in to make gearing and suspension changes.

The fastest lap of the evening on the opening night of the 2013 Isle of Man TT went to British Superbike star and newcomer Josh Brookes on the Tyco Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike at 114.620mph followed by Branko Srdanov (BMW) at 113.800mph and Dublin's Derek Sheils on the CD Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R (113.240mph).

Brookes made his pure road racing debut at the weather-hit North West 200, finishing seventh in the Superstock race on the Thursday evening of race week and setting the third fastest lap.

He also qualified fourth on the Superbike grid but sadly didn't get to race after the event was abandoned due to horrendous weather conditions.

Tyco Suzuki team boss Philip Neill said: “The TT always seems so far away then it's right there on top of you.

“Josh has created a lot of hype since the announcement that we would run him at this year's TT.

“I nearly missed the newcomers' session at the North West as I forgot we had a newcomer in the programme, but what a great job he did in the conditions,” he added.

“We all know what sort of racing pedigree that Josh possesses but the TT is a different animal to anything else he will tackle this season.

“He has prepared well and it's just a matter of taking it step-by-step and not cutting any corners.

“A bit of emotion is a good thing. It shows you are prepared and respectful, but we are all looking forward to it.”

Related Pictures

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Michael Dunlop, McAdoo Kawasaki Supertwin
Ryan Farquhar on the Tyco BMW.
Derek Sheils at the Cookstown 100
John McGuinness on the Honda Fireblade during a test at Castle Combe.
Dan Kneen on the Mar-Train Yamaha at the Tandragee 100
Dan Kneen on the Mar-Train Yamaha
Billy Redmayne.
Michael Rutter on the Bathams SMT BMW.
Martin Jessopp on the Riders Motorcycles BMW.
Malachi Mitchell-Thomas leads his Cookstown B.E. Racing team-mate Derek Sheils at the Mid Antrim 150
John McGuinness, Honda Racing [Credit: RAC]
Michael Dunlop, Buildbase BMW [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
2015 Isle of Man TT Races.
Stars of the official launch of the 2016 North West 200
John McGuinness at the start of the Senior TT in 2015.
Jeremy McWilliams on the KMR Kawasaki at the North West 200 in 2015.
Gary Johnson, T3 Racing Triumph [Credit: Holeshot PR]
Action from the 2015 Ulster Grand Prix

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