Honda Varadero laps Manx in 21st
12 August 2003 00:00
Not everyone entering the Manx GP does so with the serious intention of winning.
John Kileen from Dublin turned up to Saturday’s first practice session on his 1000cc Honda Varadero complete with full pannier set. The V-twin attracted many strange looks and numerous jibes about couriers but Kileen proceeded to set a 90mph lap and finish 21st out of 23 riders in the Senior class.
The practice sessions got off to a good start on Saturday but Monday morning’s session proved a little tricky after the first rain in a fortnight soaked the course overnight.
The fastest time of Saturday’s session went to Junior class racer Tom Clucas on a Yamaha R6 who put in two laps to finish with a time of 20:04.22, giving him an average lap speed of 112.79mph.
Clucas was followed by fellow Junior class rider David Bell on a 111.88mph lap with Senior class rider Liam Quinn taking his Suzuki GSX-R750 to 111.28mph.
The start of the session was delayed for 20 minutes when a car was found parked on the course, but it was not thought to be dangerous and the decision was taken to continue but yellow flag the section with the car.
Several riders had to sit out the practice with engine trouble and a number of others were absent from the session after taking part in the Ulster Grand Prix during the day on Saturday (See the link on the right).
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