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Another glorious and record breaking day on the Isle of Man. Three races were held and another two lap and race records broken.
The second race of the day was the much maligned SES TT Zero race, with only 7 starters it is not hard to understand the ridicule. However, for me, the performance of the day came from this race, Daley Mathison finishing second on the University of Nottingham's electric bike. Splitting the multi-million pound Mugans, Daley was 0.143 seconds inside the old lap record with an average speed of 119.294mph; Michael Rutter winning the race with an average of 121.824 mph, the first time an electric bike had broken into the 120 mph bracket. The difference in budget between the University and Mugan is like comparing Macclesfield Town to Manchester United! Lee Johnston came home third on the second Mugan at 105.566 mph, followed by James Cowton, Adam Child and Shaun Anderson. The only other starter was Ian Lougher whose Komatti Mira KMI broke down at Lambfell.
Michael Rutter at the Bungalow
Daley Mathisons University of Nottingham's electric Bike
The first race of the day was the Monster Energy Supersport 600 Race. Just like Monday's race 1, this was a brilliant race between Dean Harrison, Michael Dunlop, Peter Hickman, James Hillier and Connor Cummins. There were great battles going on all of the way down the field. Dean set the fastest lap of the race on his second lap on his way into his pit stop with an average speed of 129.099mph compared to Dunlop's 128.523 second lap. Michael collected a thirty second penalty for speeding in the pit lane which put paid to his race. Dean carried onto win by 18.671 seconds from Peter Hickman with James Hillier third. 64 riders had lined up on the Glencrutchery Road, 13 riders retired leaving 51 finishes. 20 silver replicas and 27 bronze replicas were awarded.
Dean Harrison after his race win
Timothee Monot's 600 Yamaha at the Bungalow
The final race of the day was the Bennetts Lightweight TT, another record breaking affair. The first three riders to head the leader board at the end of lap 1 were all inside the old lap record. Ivan Lintin headed the field with an average speed of 121.603 mph, followed by Derek McGee 120.984mph and Michael Dunlop 120.868 mph, all inside the 120.848 mph set by James Hillier in 2015. Unfortunately for Ivan, his bike expired at Bedstead Corner whilst leading on the second lap, leaving Michael to set a new lap record of 122.257 on lap 2, leading Derek McGee by 4.02 seconds with James Cowton third.
The Paton SC-Project Reparto Corse Team with race winner Michael Dunlop and fourth placed Stefano Bonetti
Peter Hickman was elevated to third when Cowton went out on the third lap, he then retired on the final circuit giving Michael Rutter his second podium finish of the day. Michael Dunlop had a sensational last lap setting a new lap record of 122.750 mph and a new race average of 120.601. Derek McGee also broke the 120 mph race average with an average speed of 120.212 mph. It was a great day for the Patons, filling five of the top six places, Derek McGee's IEG / KMR Kawasaki coming in second. There were 27 finishes out of the 44 starters. A surprise non-starter was Martin Jessop who had a mechanical problem.
Another great days racing on the TT Course with no serious injuries reported.