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Classic TT: Dunlop heads times, Anstey breaks down on YZR500

Michael Dunlop posted the fastest lap on the opening night of practice for the Classic TT Races at 117mph as Bruce Anstey's eagerly anticipated appearance on the factory YZR500 Yamaha ended in disappointment
Michael Dunlop set the fastest time on the opening night of practice for the Classic TT Races, with Kiwi Bruce Anstey having his first taste of action on the Padgetts factory YZR500 Yamaha.

Anstey, a double winner at the Ulster Grand Prix, only got as far as Ramsey before the Kiwi attempted to return to the paddock in a vain effort to get a lap on the McIntosh Norton he will ride in Saturday's 500cc race.

Dunlop clocked 117.191mph on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 he will ride in the Formula 1 race to top the times before switching to his 500cc Molnar Manx Norton.

Northern Ireland's Lee Johnston, Dunlop's Team Classic Suzuki team-mate, was also prominent on the time sheets with a speed of 116.093mph followed by Steve Mercer on the Mistral Racing Kawasaki, who lapped at 115.866mph.

Ian Lougher (106.584mph) topped the evening's F2 leaderboard from Roy Richardson (104.864mph) with Chris Moore (104.831mph) third fastest in the class.

Morecambe's John McGuinness, hoping to put the problems he experienced in last year's Classic TT behind him, clocked an opening lap of 104.599mph in the 500cc session on the Team Winfield Paton and improved to 107.652mph to head team-mate Ryan Farquhar (104.353mph), with Dunlop third at 102.962mph.

Michael Rutter, a late replacement for the injured Dan Kneen on the G50 Matchless, only arrived on the Island shortly before practice began. He broke down near Bishops Court on his opening lap and will be hoping for better luck in Tuesday's session.

Rutter's busy schedule sees him planning to race in Saturday's 500cc race before heading to Cadwell Park for the British Superbike meeting on Monday.

The session was also notable for eight-time TT race winner Charlie Williams' first competitive Mountain Course lap since 1984.

In the 350cc session, Alan Oversby was the only rider over 100mph (100.046mph) from Blackpool's Roy Richardson (98.759mph) on the 1968 Aermacchi and Jamie Hamilton.

A number of incidents were reported, with John Barton suffering a broken collarbone following an incident at Creg-ny-Baa while Farquhar was amongst a number of fallers at Governors, with all escaping injury.

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