Practice for the Classic TT commenced on Saturday evening on the Isle of Man, with Austrian rider Horst Saiger topping the times overall.

Saiger, riding the Greenall Kawasaki, lapped at 117.18mph on his opening lap.

Double Manx Grand Prix race winner Andrew Dudgeon, also riding a Kawasaki, was second fastest at 115.39mph from Australian David Johnson (114.67mph) and the returning Lee Johnston (114.14mph), riding the Team York and Team Classic Suzuki machines respectively.

Michael Dunlop, the favourite for the Classic TT Superbike race on the Team Classic Suzuki, will not arrive on the island until Monday as the 15-time TT winner competes in the Ulster Rally this weekend.

In the Lightweight class, last year’s winner Bruce Anstey was quickest on the Padgetts Honda RS250 with a lap of 113.07mph followed by ex-British 125 champion Dan Cooper, who clocked 109.84mph on the Turner Racing Yamaha.

In the Senior class, Yorkshire’s Jamie Coward posted the fastest speed of 108.04mph from Alan Oversby (106.52mph).

Australian Cameron Donald clocked 94.65mph in the Junior Classic session on the McIntosh Racing Norton, with 2014 race winner Lee Johnston and lap record holder Lee Johnston managing 93.98mph on the Black Eagle Racing MV Agusta.

The action was delayed until shortly before 6.30pm due to a number of vehicles that were parked in unsafe positions around the course.

On Monday, the Lightweight and Superbike session will take place from 6.20pm with the Senior and Junior session scheduled for 7.10pm. The newcomers are due to set off shortly before 7.50pm.


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