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FRIDAY EVENING PRACTICE
After early morning mist, conditions were nearly perfect for Friday evening's practice, with a few damp patches reported under the trees. Frustratingly the bikes didn't get away until 18:55 due to an RTC which had left oil on the road at the Graham Memorial on the Mountain. Stationary yellow flags were displayed on the approach to the Memorial and waved yellow flags at the memorial for the whole of the evening's practice.
Never the less impressive times were posted with Michael Dunlop, Tyco BMW, topping the Superbike times with a lap of 132.33mph. Peter Hickman headed the Superstock's on his Smiths Racing BMW at 130.83mph. Last rider away in the session was Ryan Kneen, who was paying tribute to his late brother Dan, by wearing Dan's spare racing helmet. Ryan received a great reception all of the way around the course. The attached photograph of Ryan at Quarterbridge is courtesy of Sean Corlett fom IOMTTPICS.com
The evening session was red flagged after an incident on Hailwood Rise had left oil on the track. No details were given as to who was involved, only that the riders were okay.
The final sidecar session before Race 1 was led by John Holden and Lee Cain Sillicone (Engineering / Barnes Racing Honda) with a lap of 115.73mph from Peter Founds and Jevan Walmsley. The Birchalls ran in their machine and pulled in at Ballacraine, all set for Saturday's race.
Michael Jackson / Harry Payne
Kevin Thornton / Dave Dean
The second Zero practice, for the electric bikes, saw Michael Rutter retiring his Mugan at the Thirteenth Milestone. Lee Johnson was quickest at 116.05mph