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Ulster GP: Martin fastest during free practice

Guy Martin put in a late fast lap to set the fastest time during free Superbike practice in damp conditions at the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix from Honda's Conor Cummins.
Tyco BMW's Guy Martin set the fastest speed during untimed practice at the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix on Wednesday.

With wet roads around the 7.4-mile Dundrod course, the session was declared a free practice run for the Superbike competitors and Lincolnshire star Martin left it late to knock Honda Racing's Conor Cummins off the top spot, lapping at 116.121mph on the S1000RR.

Manxman Cummins, making his return to the event for the first time since 2013 after missing out last year through injury, was 1.3 seconds behind with a lap of 115.458mph on the CBR1000RR Fireblade.

William Dunlop made it two Tyco BMW machines in the top three in third, 2.9 seconds down on team-mate Martin (114.627mph).

Russ Mountford was an excellent fourth (114.356mph) ahead of Ian Hutchinson on the PBM Kawasaki, who lapped at 114.144mph.

The evergreen Keith Amor (Rig Deluge BMW), Ivan Lintin on the RC Express Kawasaki and Padgetts Honda rider Dan Kneen were the top eight.

Dean Harrison (Mar-Train Yamaha) lapped at 113.420mph in ninth with the top ten rounded out by Dublin rider Derek Sheils on the BikeBits NI Kawasaki.

Last year's man of the meeting, Bruce Anstey, was 11th with a lap of 113.098mph, while Michael Dunlop was 14th on the Buildbase BMW (113.027mph).

The Superbike session was initially due to be held as qualifying for Thursday's Dundrod 150 race on the support programme, but with better conditions expected on Thursday, the final Superbike sessions will determine the grid positions for the Dundrod 150 race and both Ulster Grand Prix Superbike races on Saturday.

Earlier in the afternoon Gearlink Kawasaki's Glenn Irwin was fastest in practice for the Dundrod 150 National/Challenge races, narrowly edging Connor Behan, with both riders setting 109mph laps on their Supersport machines.

In Lightweight practice, Paul Owen led Seamus Elliott and Neil Kernohan, while Christian Elkin set the pace in the Ultralightweight session, with a dominant 100.726mph lap.

Practice for the Supertwins was then cut short as the mist descended upon Dundrod, before the Clerk of the Course, Noel Johnston made the decision to finish practice early due to the weather conditions.

With the weather forecast looking like it will vastly improve over the next three days, the full programme of events is set to run as planned.

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August 06, 2015 1:11 PM
Last Edited 147 days ago

ninja07: aaawwww looking forward to seeing this race,lots of potential winners,I think kneen will go well maybe a podium
I don't think there'll be room for Kneen on the podium, with the strength and depth of the field this year. Between Dunlops, Guy, Hutchy, Con-Rod and Ansty, I think the others will be doing well to see a top five.

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