MCGUINNESS FASTEST IN TT PRACTICE

John McGuinness set the fastest time of the week so far as he led the superbike hopefuls in Tuesday’s Isle of Man TT practice session.

The HM Plant Honda man posted a speed of 125.30mph which put him ahead of Guy Martin, Ian Hutchinson and Ian Lougher.

Jason Griffith topped Tuesday’s superstock session on the island with 123.38 which left him ahead of Guy Martin, McGuinness and Hutchinson.

Lougher (120.50) led the supersport session ahead of Hutchinson and Martin.

McGuinness, who also topped Saturday’s opening practice session, will be a hot favourite to add to his eight TT wins when competition begins this weekend.

 

Adrian Archibald was unable to complete any superbike laps on Tuesday as his TAS Suzuki broke down on his first circuit and he was unable to get back to the start.

Earlier in the week, McGuinness expressed concern that multi-million-pound safety improvements might ruin the challenge for riders.

He had reserved judgement on alterations at Windy Corner and Braddan Bridge after his opening practice session was hampered by blustery conditions on Saturday evening.

Monday’s second session had been shortened because of a serious involving Japan’s Jun Maeda and Ireland’s Seamus Greene which left Tuesday’s session as the first in favourable and uninterrupted conditions.

 

Guinness said: “They’ve actually done a really nice job at Windy Corner.

“The surface is good and you couldn’t ask for better.

“In Saturday evening’s first practice session, I think everyone was taking it really steady and having a good look there.”

 

Tuesday practice times -
Superbikes - J McGuinness 125.30mph; G Martin 124.71; I Hutchinson 123.70; I Lougher 123.00
Superstocks - J Griffiths 123.38 mph; G Martin 123.23; J McGuinness 122.53; I Hutchinson 121.10; B Anstey 120.90
Supersport - I Lougher 120.50mph; I Hutchinson 120.00; G Martin 119.10; J McGuinness 118.40; M Finnegan 118.10; G Carswell 117.90

 

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