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Dunlop sets 120mph lap in Classic TT practice

Michael Dunlop tops times in Formula 1 class with 120mph lap as practice begins in earnest for inaugural Classic TT races
Northern Ireland's Michael Dunlop led the way in the first timed practice session for the inaugural Classic TT races last night with a stunning 120mph lap.

Dunlop, who won four races in a week at the TT in June, topped the Formula 1 times at 120.894mph on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 on his second lap.

The 24-year-old is also due to ride a Molnar Manx Norton in the 500cc race, which takes place on Saturday.

Jamie Coward was second fastest in the Formula 1 category at 116.545mph on a Kawasaki ZXR 750 followed by Steve Mercer (Yamaha FZR 750R) at 115.856mph and Paul Owen on a Kawasaki ZXR 750 at 113.705mph.

Olie Linsdell led the way in the Classic TT 500cc class at 111.385mph on a Paton, with 20-time Isle of Man TT winner John McGuinness second fastest on Roger Winfield's machine with a speed of 111.193mph.

Bruce Anstey was next on a Manx Norton at 106.066mph followed by Cameron Donald (105.949mph) on a Seeley, Jamie Coward (Manx Norton) at 104.912mph and Ian Lougher, riding a Royal Enfield, who lapped at 104.7mph.

William Dunlop was eighth fastest on the Davies Motorsport Honda 500-4.

Lincolnshire's Gary Johnson was tenth on the iconic MV Agusta with a speed of 102.917mph.

Chris Palmer went quickest in the 350cc class on his Drixton Honda at 100.495mph followed by Dan Cooper (Molnar Manx Norton) at 97.831mph and Jamie Hamilton on a Honda, lapping at 97.584mph.

The inaugural Classic TT races get underway on Saturday with the 500cc race, with the 250cc/350cc event and the combined Formula 1, Formula 2 and Formula Classic race taking place on Monday.

In the Senior Manx Grand Prix class, Dennis Booth clocked the fastest time on his 750cc Suzuki at 113.19mph.

Andy Farrell (Suzuki) was next at 112.589mph with Gavin Lupton third fastest at 110.572mph, also riding a 750cc Suzuki.

Irish rider Michael Sweeney set the pace in the Junior MGP session on his Yamaha R6, lapping at 116.29mph with Stephen Harper in second (114.279mph).

Sweeney also headed the Supertwin times on his Kawasaki ER6 (110.238mph) with former Isle of Man TT Formula 1 winner Nick Jefferies, who is also competing in the Classic TT on a Honda RC30, second fastest at 107.278mph.



Related Pictures

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Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69
Glenn Irwin and Christian Elkin with Ulster GP Clerk of the Course, Noel Johnston, and Supertwins race sponsors Maxwell Freight
Steve Plater with Bruce Charman of Prime Factors
William Dunlop leads Derek McGee and Derek Sheils in the feature Superbike race at the Walderstown Road Races
Guy Martin, Michael Dunlop and Dean Harrison on the Senior Race podium at the Southern 100
Guy Martin leads Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100
Peter Hickman on the Briggs Equipment BMW in the Senior TT
Guy Martin on the Tyco BMW in the Senior TT
Ian Hutchinson on the Senior TT podium.
Ian Hutchinson on the PBM Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
John McGuinness celebrates his Senior TT victory with runner-up James Hillier and Ian Hutchinson
Ivan Lintin won the Lightweight TT on the RC Express Kawasaki
Peter Hickman
Peter Hickman on the Briggs Equipment BMW at the Isle of Man TT
Peter Hickman on the Briggs Equipment BMW at the Isle of Man TT
Peter Hickman on the Troopers MV Agusta at the Isle of Man TT
Ben and Tom Birchall at the Isle of Man TT
Ian Hutchinson on the TCC Yamaha at the Isle of Man TT

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YourNameHere

August 21, 2013 8:02 PM

I believe the XR69 is an early-80's-vintage bike. Joey Dunlop set the lap record in 1980 at 115.22, the first lap of the course in excess of 115 mph. I wonder what his lap would have been on modern tires.



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