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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
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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