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TT 2013: Weather thwarts Superbike practice again

29 May 2013

Tonight's Isle of Man TT practice session was again affected by the weather.

No Superbike qualifying has yet taken place on the Mountain Course this week with only two sessions remaining on Thursday and Friday ahead of the Superbike race on Saturday.

The lack of practice time for the Superbike machines has led to speculation on Manx Radio that the first race of the 2013 festival could be switched to a different day to give riders an opportunity for more time on the 200mph machines.

Rain from Milntown to the Mountain Mile tonight resulted in most riders completing a single lap before returning to the paddock.

Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes, who is preparing to make his full TT race debut on Saturday, said: “There's a safety element for me because the more laps I can do in practice conditions the better, but I keep missing out on track time due to bad weather and delays.

“I feel I'm in the same shoes as the spectators standing waiting on the bikes to fly past to get that sense of adrenalin.

“I can understand that the organisers want to try and keep everyone safe,” he added.

“We're making adjustments to the Superstock bike each time we get out but I prefer the Superbike and feel more comfortable on it because that's the bike I ride every week in the British Superbike Championship.”

Honda TT Legends rider John McGuinness said he would be ready to race on Saturday no matter what.

“I'll be ready on Saturday for the Superbike race if we get some time tomorrow night and Friday,” he said.

“The track was quite wet in places and it was really tricky, so thanks to the marshals out there because they did a great job.”

The only timed practice sessions so far have been for newcomers, Sidecars and Lightweight TT competitors last Saturday.