The 2012 Isle of Man TT practice week draws to a close today with 17-times TT winner John McGuinness at the top of the timesheets ahead of tomorrow’s six-lap Superbike race. Team-mate and 2011 fastest newcomer Simon Andrews posted the ninth fastest lap.
The week began well for the Honda TT Legends, with McGuinness setting the fastest laps in dry and sunny conditions in the first three superbike sessions. By Wednesday the ‘Morecambe Missile’ had broken the 130mph barrier with a 130.079 lap that remained the fastest of the week. Thursday’s superbike practice was cut short due to sea mist, while this evening’s was cancelled after an oil spill at Barregarrow.
Andrews made impressive progress throughout the week as he continued to get to grips the 37-mile TT circuit. He posted his quickest Superbike lap of 127.376mph on Thursday evening, which places him in the top ten fastest riders in the class. Andrews will head out 17th in tomorrow’s race while McGuinness starts in the number one spot. The race is due to begin at 11am.
We hit the ground running this week. We went out there on the first night when the conditions were great and we just got stuck in. I didn’t feel like I was sticking my neck out, I was just hitting all the apexes and cruising around feeling really relaxed. I was hitting 128s, 129s, 130s so we’re definitely in the ball park. It’s not going to be easy but I’m ready to race and I’m well up for it. I’m starting number one so it’s just down to me, the stop watch and the track and hopefully we can stand in the winner’s enclosure.
We’re at the end of practice week now and I’ve done a few laps so I’m feeling ready to pitch myself against everyone and see how it goes. We’ve done a good time on the superbike and the superstock and I’m just enjoying it. I’m still trying to find my way around in the fast sectors where I’m five seconds off John so I’ve still got quite a bit to find, but it just needs practice. I’ve got to keep going and do as much as I can. Hopefully the weather will stay nice, we’ll have a bit of sport and I’ll do alright.
In the Superstock class, Gary Johnson and Simon Andrews posted the fifth and 13th fastest laps respectively.
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Coverage of the event will be shown on ITV4 (Freeview channel 28, cable channel 117 and Sky channel 120).
ITV4 Schedule: Friday, June 1, 9pm – Practice Show Saturday, June 2, to Thursday, June 7 (inclusive), 9pm – Race Highlights Friday, June 8, 10pm – Senior Race Highlights Monday, June 11, 8pm – Event Review 1 Monday, June 11, 9pm – Event Review 2 Please note the schedule is subject to alteration. Check listings for latest details.
International coverage: Discovery Turbo (US and Canada) Network 10 (Australia) Antenna 3 (Spain)
Isle of Man TT race week schedule
Saturday, June 2 11am – Dainese Superbike TT Race 2pm – Sure Sidecar TT Race 1 Supersport/Lightweight Qualifying
Monday, June 4 10.45am – Monster Energy Supersport TT Race 1 Sidecar Qualifying 2pm – Royal London 360 Superstock TT Race
Wednesday, June 6 10.45am – SES TT Zero Challenge 1pm – Monster Energy Supersport TT Race 2 3.15pm – Sure Sidecar TT Race 2 Senior Qualifying Lightweight Qualifying
Friday, June 8 10.45am – BikerPetition.co.uk Lightweight TT Race 1.30pm – PokerStars Senior TT Race
*All details are subject to change. Further details will be released ahead of the event.
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