TT 2017: Dunlop quickest Supersport, Jessopp top Lightweight

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William Dunlop topped the Supersport table on the final day of practice and qualifying for the 2017 Isle of Man TT.

While some Supersport machines went out with the Superbike and Superstock bikes in the morning’s opening sessions, most of the quick times came in this afternoon’s Supersport/Lightweight session despite delays for two red flags.

It was confirmed the first stoppage was due to an incident involving newcomer Paul Jordan and Bjorn Gunnarsson. While Gunnarsson was said to be OK, Jordan was flown to Noble’s Hospital with a suspected broken wrist. The second red flag was for a non-racing related medical emergency.

Dunlop’s time came on his second lap of the 37.73-mile mountain course, placing him ahead of Silicone Engineering Kawasaki’s Dean Harrison who was less than second slower with an average speed of 125.188mph.


Ian Hutchinson placed third for McAMS Yamaha with a speed of 124.538mph with James Hillier and Peter Hickman rounding out the top five.

Lee Johnston, who set his quickest 600cc time in the Superbike session this morning before then crashing out at Greeba Castle, was sixth but is unlikely to be racing later this week after suffering minor back and facial injuries in the crash.

Gary Johnson was seventh on the Reactive Parts Triumph ahead of James Cowton, Conor Cummins and Sam West.

Michael Dunlop only managed one lap on his YZF-R6 at a speed of 111.11mph as he turned his attention to his Lightweight machine.

Martin Jessopp led the way in that class with a time of 116.535mph ahead of twice victor Ivan Lintin who clocked a lap of 116.492mph. Peter Hickman was third with 116.239mph.

Supersport Times

  1. William Dunlop – IC Racing Yamaha – 125.297mph
  2. Dean Harrison – Silicone Engineering Kawasaki – 125.188mph 
  3. Ian Hutchinson – McAMS Yamaha – 124.651mph 
  4. James Hillier – JG Speedfit Kawasaki – 124.425mph 
  5. Peter Hickman – Smiths Trooper Triumph – 124.103mph 
  6. Lee Johnston – Padgetts Racing Honda – 123.369mph
  7. Gary Johnson – Reactive Parts Triumph – 123.336mph
  8. James Cowton – McAdoo Racing Kawasaki – 123.074mph
  9. Conor Cummins – Padgetts Racing Honda – 121.843mph 
  10. Sam West  – PRL Worthington Kawasaki – 121.690mph

Lightweight Times

  1. Martin Jessopp – Riders Motorcycles Kawasaki – 116.535mph
  2. Ivan Lintin – Dafabet Devitt Racing – 116.492mph
  3. Peter Hickman – IEG KMR Kawasaki – 116.239mph
  4. Dan Cooper – Dan Cooper Kawasaki – 116.096mph
  5. Stefano Bonetti – Paton SC Project S1 – 115.909mph
  6. Michael Dunlop – McAdoo Racing – 115.572mph
  7. Gary Johnson – CF Moto – 115.443mph
  8. Josh Brookes – IEG KMR Kawasaki – 115.226mph
  9. James Cowton – McAdoo Racing – 115.019mph
  10. Adam McLean – Hanna Performance – 113.496mph

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing