A Manx win and La Marseillaise is played again!

The weather again played its part in Wednesday's racing, starting with a two hour delay in the roads closing. The revised schedule was for the roads to close at 11:30 am and the Mylchreests 4 lap Junior Manx Grand Prix to start at 12:15 pm. True to form further delays were announced until the race eventually got away at 14:30 pm over a reduced distance of 3 laps.

Gary Thompson, Clerk of the Course, explained that there had been unexpected showers on parts of the course and that he was waiting for the road to dry. Incremental 15 minutes delays were announced including a final delay which was then superceded by another final delay!! The window of opportunity eventually opened and the race got underway.

Star of the future, nineteen year old James Hind, had unofficially broken the Junior lap record in practice with a lap of 121.105 mph. He was runner up in last years newcomers B race and had finished 7th in the MGP Lightweight race. Listed at number 20 in the race guide he was moved up to start at number 4, taking over Victor Lopez Santos place, he had been unfortunately injured in a crash at Jurby when testing.

Hind set a blistering pace on the first lap and officially broke the lap record at 121.773 mph, however, his pace was too much for his Yamaha and he retired at Greeba Bridge with an oil leak on the second lap. Twenty one year old Manxman Nathan Harrison led the chasing group and was pushed hard by Stephen Smith, Andrew Farrell Steven Proctor and Brad Vicars. In an attempt to get out of the pits, at the start of the third lap, Harrison forgot to put his rev limiter on and broke the 60 kph pit lane limit and immediately received a 30 second penalty. Utter disbelief in the Harrison pit, they had gained 10 seconds on second placed Smith by their slick work in the pits. The penalty put Harrison back to third once the pit stops had been completed.

All's well that ends well and Harrison clawed his Chris Preston / Quayside Tyres Honda back into the lead by Ramsey and then went on to win by 3.886 seconds from Stephen Smith (Slipps Racing Suzuki) with Eire's Andrew Farrell (JFR Racing / Steadplan Kawasaki) in third. In the winners enclosure Farrell said that he had achieved all that he wanted to achieve and that he was retiring as of now and would not be riding in the evenings Lightweight race.

The last of the 60 finishers was Russian Danila Krasniuk who was none the worse from wear after his spill at Sulby in the Newcomers race. The first 48 finishers received were awarded replicas. Nathan Harrison stood proud and tall as the Manx national anthem was played whilst on the top step of the rostrum.

The Manx Grand Prix Supporters Club Lightweight and Ultra Lightweight race was reduced to 3 laps and started at 18:30 pm. Teenage sensation James Hind made no mistakes and won the 3 lap Lightweight race by 28.693 seconds from Italian Francesco Curinga (Paton S1-R) with Dave Butler( Z650 Kawasaki / AG Fabrication and Engineering) in third. Hind erased Richard 'Milky' Quayle's long standing lap record from the record books when he took his TZ250 Yamaha round at 116.453 mph. A real star in the making. There were 29 finishers with the first 20 gaining replicas.

It took 112 years for a Frenchman to win a race on the mountain Course and stand on the top step of the rostrum and hear the La Marseillaise, and then it happened again a day later! Remarkably Lancelot Unissart, from Montreuil France, won the MGP Supporters Club Ultra Lightweight Race from Guildford's Tom Snow (Honda NSF Moto 3 / Falcon Electrical) by 15.669 seconds. Alex Sinclair was third on his CSC Racing FZR Yamaha. Unissart set the fastest lap on his Pullen Racing / French Assault VFR 400 Honda at 105.738 mph. Fifteen of the sixteen finishers received replicas.

Gary Thompson, who appears to have been pulling rabbits out of hats both here and at the TT did it again on Wednesday evening. He announced that Fridays races would be brought forward to tomorrow, Thursday. This is an unprecedented move, the weather forecast for Friday is poor and no racing would be expected. There is provision to run on Saturday however this was deemed not possible due to the number of marshals who would have left or be leaving the Island. Thursday will be eighth consecutive day of practicing / racing on the Mountain Course, if the weather is poor on Thursday then the meeting will be abandoned. There is no provision to go racing on Friday if the Thursday option is taken and the weather turns, Gary will have his prayer mat out tonight.


Bike Sponsor Chris Preston with Junior MGP winner Nathan Harrison

Ultra Lightweight winner Lancelot Unissart with runner up Tom Snow # 61 and third placed man Alex Sinclair # 64

Bike art by Quarterbridge marshals. Steph Watts has made a bike from the bits taken off the road.

Seventies star Ian Richards during Monday's parade lap.

Mike Hammonds