Despite wet weather affecting many of this week's practice sessions at the Isle of Man TT races, the V&M Racing team have nevertheless made steady progress during the limited dry track time that has been available.

On Monday evening, Jim Moodie set a blistering pace around the island circuit on his 180bhp 1000cc R1 Yamaha, to record what is still the second fastest Formula One lap of the week, in a time of 18min 52.5secs [119.94mph]. Moodie also quickly got to grips with the V&M Supersport R6 around the demanding 37.75mile circuit, to top the Junior 600 leaderboard, with a time of 19min 10.6secs [118.05mph], during the Thursday afternoon session.

In the Production 600 class, Moodie again topped the leaderboard during the Thursday afternoon session, with an amazing lap of 19min 35.9secs - at a staggering 115.51mph - on a standard road-going R6 Yamaha. And, during a hectic and busy week, he also lapped the road going R1 Yamaha in a time of 19min 31.9secs [115.90mph].

Team-mate Iain Duffus was fifth quickest on his Formula One R1, with a 118.24mph lap, and sixth quickest in the Junior 600 class on his R6, with a 114.42mph lap.

"We've had a little bit of trouble with fine tuning our set-up, particularly on the big bikes, due to the amount of wet sessions we've had this year," said team boss Jack Valentine, "Everyone else is in the same boat though, and our riders are happy enough with the progress we've made. I'm confident come Saturday we should be in a position to be challenging for the Formula One trophy again."

With just one practice day remaining the V&M team will be hoping for a dry run during Friday's practice sessions. Saturday's prestigious Formula One event is due to start at 2.00pm.

 

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