Ulster’s Adrian Archibald found himself stranded during the latest Isle of Man TT practice as the result of being black flagged by a marshal at Ramsey.

The marshal was of the opinion that Archibald’s Suzuki had an oil leak and waved him off the course. As a result Archibald spent all the practice as a spectator before returning to the pits at the end of the session.

Hector Neill, owner of the TAS Suzuki team, said: “Our bikes always give out a small puff of smoke when they are being rolled off and obviously the marshal didn’t know that and was prepared to take no chances.

“This was on the very first lap of the Superbike practice and it was Adrian’s first outing on the machine. But at least he was able to tell me that he was keeping tabs on John McGuinness who eventually came out on top of the practice field.


“We are quite happy for we haven’t shown our hand yet and our time has yet to come. The handling of the bike, according to Adrian, was perfect so we’ll see at the next session what happens. It was all a bit frustrating but these things happen at the TT.”


Meanwhile the top rider waS McGuinness on 125.26mph followed by Guy Martin on 124.71 and Bruce Anstey on 123.90.

McGuinness said afterwards: “I was very happy although the wind was bad in places and I had to be careful at Bray Hill just at the start. Everything seems to be going for me and I’m hopeful that this could be my year.”

Meanwhile Anstey, who had crashed and injured his hands on Monday night, wore new gloves but said last night: “They were too tight and I was uncomfortable so I had to go more slowly than usual.”

Even with this discomfort Anstey was still at his best and the fact that he is third in the Superbike class would suggest that he would be one of the favourites when the race is staged on Saturday.

Ian Lougher was best in the Supersport 600 at 120.52 followed by Ian Hutchinson on 119.97 and Guy Martin on 119.11.

Then in the Superstock class Jason Griffiths came out on top on 123.38 followed by Martin on 123.23 and that man McGuinness on 121.53. Anstey however wasn’t far away and was in fifth place at 120.92.

Meanwhile Irish rider Seamus Greene and Japan’s Ju Maeda remain critical after their accident on Monday night.



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