Weather conditions throughout Practice week for the 2009 'Manx' dominated proceedings, almost as much as the
front runners in each of the 11 racing classes, which make the Manx Grand Prix such and interesting and varied annual event amongst its multitude of supporters.
After the opening untimed practice, it was 'down to business' as the timed sessions commenced on Monday evening, with conditions favourable, as they were on Tuesday, when most of the quickest lap times were recorded.
Wednesday provided conditions that prompted the Clerk of the Course, to announce a one lap untimed practice for all classes, which saw just 157 riders and machines circulating the Snaefell Mountain Course. Such were the conditions the following day that the session was cancelled two hours prior to roads closing time.
Friday brought wet roads and strong winds, whilst the final full session was not much better.
Only one existing lap record was unofficially broken during the week, the Senior Classic, where Ryan Farquhar took 27 seconds off his own record set in 2007 on the Italian Paton machine.
The Dungannon man also featured at the head of the new Post Classic times in the 4-stroke class with a lap at 101.918mph, on Friday, on the 'big' Suzuki, whilst Blackpool's Roy Richardson set the quickest speed in the 2-stroke category at 111.480mph on the 250 Yamaha on Tuesday evening.
Douglas resident Sean Murphy did a sub-twenty minute lap on Tuesday to top the Newcomers A class on his 600 Martin Bullock Honda with a time of 19m 26.54s a speed of 116.436mph.
Arbroath's Andy Lawson also set his fastest lap of the week on Tuesday and took the 'pole position' in the Newcomers B race with a 21m 53.78s lap with equates to 103.387mph.
Six times previous winner, Roy Richardson set the quickest lap in the Junior Classic on Monday evening. Riding the 348cc Bullock/FCL Aermacchi he took 22m 39.67s to lap the 37.73-mile course and record a speed of 99.898mph.
Scot, Ewan Hamilton who is riding in his 23rd consecutive 'Manx' and having achieved back to back victories in the Lightweight Classic in 2007 & 2008, is looking for a hat-trick this year, also set the fastest lap of the class on Monday with a 92.259mph lap (24m32.24s).