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TT 2018: Qualifying round-up

Published: 02 June 2018

Racing is set to get underway at the 2018 Isle of Man TT races this afternoon after some blisteringly quick lap times across a busy week of practice.

Dean Harrison leads the way on the combined Superbike times with the unofficial Superbike lap record he set in Tuesday’s session, lapping the course with an average speed of 133.462mph.

The Silicone Engineering man was the only rider to lap in the 133mph bracket and managed it twice having clocked a 133.1mph from a standing start.

Michael Dunlop rounded out the week second quickest for Tyco BMW with the 132.983mph lap he set to top Friday’s session. The Ballymoney ace has been working tirelessly on set-up issues throughout the week and hasn’t completed a clear flying lap of the mountain course after returning to the pits or being short-lapped. Peter Hickman sits third quickest on the qualifying sheets having set his quickest ever lap of the mountain course at 132.806mph on Thursday. Happy with the set-up of his Smiths BMW machine, Hickman spent Friday evening’s session on his Superstock bike.

Dan Kneen, who tragically lost his life in an incident on Wednesday night, set the fourth quickest time of the week with his 132.258mph on Tuesday. Having shown pace quick enough for the podium battle, he will be sadly missed from number eight on the grid.

Conor Cummins rounded out a strong week fifth quickest for Padgetts Honda with James Hillier rounding out the top six.

Peter Hickman led the way in the Superstock class ahead of one final qualifying lap later today. His 130.892mph lap placed him ahead of Silicone’s Dean Harrison and Padgett’s Conor Cummins.

Harrison has been quickest so far on the 600s ahead of Michael Dunlop on the MD Racing Carl Cox Honda with Cummins third.

Last year’s double winners Ben and Tom Birchall were quickest qualifying for this afternoon’s first Sidecar race ahead of John Holden and Lee Cain.  

 SUPERBIKE - ALL SESSIONS

POS

RIDER

TEAM

TIME

1

Dean Harrison

Silcone Engineering Kawasaki

133.462mph

2

Michael Dunlop

Tyco BMW

132.983mph

3

Peter Hickman

Smiths BMW

132.806mph

4

Dan Kneen

Tyco BMW

132.258mph

5

Conor Cummins

Padgetts Honda

131.175mph

6

James Hillier

Quattro JG Speedfit Kawasaki

130.644mph

7

David Johnson

Gulf BMW

130.097mph

8

Michael Rutter

Batham’s BMW

129.583mph

9

Josh Brookes

Norton

129.174mph

10

Phil Crowe

Fleetwood Grab BMW

128.491mph

 SUPERSTOCK ALL SESSIONS 

POS

RIDER

TEAM

TIME

1

Peter Hickman

Smiths BMW

130.829mph

2

Dean Harrison

Silicone Engineering Kawasaki

130.553mph

3

Conor Cummins

Padgetts Honda

129.584mph

4

David Johnson

Gulf BMW

129.202mph

5

Dan Kneen

Tyco BMW

129.140mph

6

Lee Johnston

Honda Racing

128.288mph

7

James Hillier

Quattro JG Speedfit Kawasaki

128.110mph

8

Michael Dunlop

MD Racing Carl Cox BMW

128.012mph

9

Jamie Coward

BMW

127.554mph

10

Gary Johnson

RAF Kawasaki

127.167mph

 SUPERSPORT ALL SESSIONS 

POS

RIDER

TEAM

TIME

1

Dean Harrison

Silicone Engineering Kawasaki

125.797mph

2

Michael Dunlop

MD Racing Carl Cox Honda

125.741mph

3

Conor Cummins

Padgetts Honda

125.152mph

4

James Hillier

Quattro JG Speedfit Kawasaki

124.919mph

5

Dan Kneen

Jackson’s Honda

124.703mph

6

Peter Hickman

Smiths Trooper Triumph

124.447mph

7

Ivan Lintin

Dafabet Devitt Kawasaki

124.376mph

8

Josh Brookes

Monster McAMS Yamaha

123.718mph

9

James Cowton

McAdoo Kawasaki

123.378mph

10

Lee Johnston

Padgetts Honda

123.367mph

SIDECAR ALL SESSIONS 

POS

RIDER/PASSENGER

TEAM

TIME

1

Ben Birchall/Tom Birchall

IEG Racing Honda

116.554mph

2

John Holden/Lee Cain

Silicone Engineering Honda

115.732mph

3

Tim Reeves/Mark Wilkes

Carl Cox Motorsport

114.369mph

4

Alan Founds/Jake Lowther

Brian Gray Powerbiking

113.557mph

5

Peter Founds/Jevan Walmsley

Trustland Group

113.354mph

6

Dave Molyneux/Dan Sayle

DMR

113.155mph

7

Conrad Harrison/Andrew Winkle

Printing Roller Services

110.855mph

8

Lewis Blackstock/Patrick Rooney

Silicone Engineering

110.685mph

9

Tony Baker/Fiona Baker/Holden

Silicone Engineering Carl Cox Motorsport

110.015mph

10

Steve Ramsden/Matty Ramsden

Ramsden Racing

108.964mph

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