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TT stars turn out as Manx GP hots up

Published: 19 August 2003

Updated: 24 November 2014

Practice continues at the Manx Grand Prix as the weather improves, the lap speeds increase and TT stars come out to show their support.

The sun has come out since Sunday night’s downpours, leaving almost perfect track conditions and riders have been taking full advantage. Junior class rider Raymond Porter set the fastest time so far in Monday evening’s session on his Suzuki GSX-R600, putting in three laps with a highest average of 115.72mph.

He was closely followed by Senior rider Liam Quinn on a GSX-R750 at 115.67mph, with Junior rider Tom Clucas third fastest on his Yamaha R6 with 115.31mph.

Former Manx GP winner Jason Griffiths was getting into the swing in the Junior Classic class after rushing over from Sunday’s Ulster GP where he took third place and the fastest lap in the Superport 400 race. The local rider topped the table in Tuesday’s session at 99.92mph on his 350cc Honda twin.

Ryan Farquhar was also in attendance after racking up two second- and two third-places at the Ulster GP. The TT star wasn’t riding but came to provide support for his two McAdoo teammates, newcomers John Burrows on a Kawasaki ZX-7R and Robbie Sylvester on Farquhar’s current Supersport ZX-6R.

Other TT riders helping out included Richard Quayle, who was looking after Lightweight rider Andrew Kneale on a Honda RS250, and Richard Britton, who took newcomer Paul Earney round for a guided tour of the Mountain course.

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