Dry and sunny with the possibility of light rain towards the end of the first timed session of the 2009 Manx Grand Prix were the weather forecast given to riders before they set off this evening.
The scheduled start of 1820 saw four Newcomers completing their compulsory controlled lap prior to the Senior, Junior and Lightweight classes getting away at 1850.
Juniors 7 & 6 Scott Wilson and Wayne Kirwan were first away. Ryan Kneen was provisionally fastest in the Junior class at 115.626mph, followed by Stephen McIlvenna at 115.259 and Simon Fulton at 115.242mph.
The Senior class was headed by Kneen and McIlvenna whose Junior times were linked qualifying for both the main Manx Grand Prix classes. Quickest '750' was Noel Patterson at 115.253mph, with Glyn Jones lapping at 114.534mph.
Paul Owen lapped at 111.562mph to top the Lightweight leader board from Roy Richardson (111.027mph) and Dan Sayle 110.164mph.
1925 and the remaining classes set off for their session.
The two Paton's headed the Senior Classic leader board, Ryan Farquhar at 110.844mph and Olie Linsdell at 107.568mph.
Completing an Italian machine top three was the MV Agusta of Alan Oversby at 106.713mph.
The Junior Classic was topped by Roy Richardson at 99.898mph, followed by Bill Swallow at 97.441mph and David Madsen Mygdal at 93.546mph.
2008 Lightweight Classic winner Ewan Hamilton showed he was in no mood to let go of the coveted trophy as he was quickest on his Suzuki at 92.259mph. He was followed by Bud Jackson at 92.039mph and Jonathan Cutts at 91.803mph.
Newcomers A was headed by Sean Murphy at 114.492mph, whilst class B saw Andrew Farrell at the top with a lap at 101.737mph
The new Post Classic 2-stroke category was topped by Brian Mateer at 105.497mph, followed by Chris Moore at 105.425mph and Philip McGurk at 105.271mph.
The 4-stroke class was headed by the 750cc Triumph of Madsen-Mygdal at 96.771mph, with Farquhar on the 997cc Suzuki at 95.949mph.