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Superbike TT switched to new Sunday date

The Superbike TT has been switched to a new start time on Sunday to allow competitors to gain more track time after practice week was thwarted by poor weather and delays on the Isle of Man
Tomorrow's Superbike TT has been postponed until Sunday to enable competitors to gain extra track time.

Practice week at the Isle of Man TT has been hampered by poor weather and delays, with the Superbike machines only taking to the circuit for the first time on Thursday.

Tonight's Superbike session was delayed again as a result of a house fire on the circuit.

The six-lap Superbike TT has now been scheduled for a 2.15pm start time on Sunday.

Clerk of the course, Gary Thompson, said: “Even before the house fire that affected this evening's session, the majority of the field simply hasn't had enough practice time on the Superbikes because of the bad weather earlier in the week.

“On behalf of the race organisation I'd like to apologise to anyone affected by the disruption on Sunday but we don't have an option.

“We will endeavour to get the roads open again on Sunday as soon as possible.”

Honda TT Legends rider Michael Dunlop set the fastest time tonight at 128.52mph – the three-time TT winner's best effort of the week.

Lincolnshire's Gary Johnson was second fastest on his Lincs Lifting Honda at 125.12mph from Milwaukee Yamaha's William Dunlop (124.86mph) and James Hillier on the Quattro Plant Kawasaki at 123.93mph.

Morecambe star McGuinness lapped at 123.21mph as the 41-year-old took his foot off the gas after his stunning 129mph lap on Thursday.

Kiwi Bruce Anstey, who also broke the 129mph barrier on Thursday, slackened his pace last night on the HM Plant/Padgett's Honda, setting a speed of 121.88mph.

Tyco Suzuki's Guy Martin retired his Superbike machine at Quarterbridge on his opening lap but returned to the paddock and set off on his Superstock machine, lapping at 122.27mph.

William Dunlop was the quickest Supersport rider at 119.52mph although most of the leading riders focused their efforts on their Superbike machines last night.

In the Sidecar class, Dave Molyneux and Patrick Farrance were again fastest in their DMR Kawasaki outfit with a lap in excess of 114mph.

John McGuinness lapped at 105.65mph on the Mugen Shinden machine in the TT Zero practice lap to set an unofficial new lap record.

McGuinness headed the times from last year's winner Michael Rutter (Motoczysc), who managed a speed of 104.63mph.

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Tyco Suzuki`s Guy Martin
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Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey won the Lightweight race at the Classic TT on the Padgetts Honda RS250.
John McGuinness on the Winfield Paton at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during practice for the Classic TT.
Ian Lougher, Dean Harrison and Lee Johnston in the winners` enclosure following the 2015 500cc Classic TT
Bruce Anstey on the YZR500 Yamaha at the Classic TT.
Senior TT race winner Michael Dunlop, runner-up Ian Hutchinson and John McGuinness
Michael Dunlop on the Hawk Racing BMW in the Senior TT.
Ivan Lintin won the Lightweight TT on the Devitt RC Express Kawasaki.
Bruce Anstey, William Dunlop and Daley Mathison were the top three in the SES TT Zero race.
Bruce Anstey won the SES TT Zero race on the Mugen.

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