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Manx Grand Prix Races

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.
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).

Related Pictures

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Manx Grand Prix Logo - Colour (MMCC)
Lee Johnston in action at the Ulster Grand Prix
Malachi Mitchell-Thomas in action in the Senior Manx Grand Prix
Billy Redmayne, Malachi Mitchell-Thomas, Rob Hodson on the podium after the Junior Manx Grand Prix
Michael Dunlop, Bruce Anstey and Ryan Farquhar were the top three in the Formula 1 race at the Classic TT
Dennis Hoffer at the Manx Grand Prix
Newcomers prepare to leave the line at the Manx Grand Prix
Lee Johnston, Peter Hickman and Michael Dunlop on the Superstock podium at the Ulster Grand Prix
Lee Johnston at the Ulster Grand Prix
Bruce Anstey won the Dundrod 150 Superbike race at the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix
Glenn Irwin will ride the Cookstown/BE Racing Supertwin Kawasaki at the Ulster Grand Prix
Guy Martin on the Tyco BMW at the Ulster Grand Prix
John McGuinness and Ryan Farquhar will again compete at the Classic TT on Paton machinery for Roger Winfield
Glenn Irwin and Christian Elkin with Ulster GP Clerk of the Course, Noel Johnston, and Supertwins race sponsors Maxwell Freight
Gary Johnson and Ryan Farquhar during practice for the Lightweight TT
Ryan Farquhar
Ryan Farquhar leads Jamie Hamilton and Jeremy McWilliams at the North West 200 in the Supertwin class
Ryan Farquhar at the North West 200

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