Isle of Man News - POSTED Thu 29-05-2014

Red flag for TT practices

by Joanne Clague

Red flag for TT practices - picture

Rider injury and deteriorating weather cut short the third TT practice session last night.

Newcomer Laurent Hoffman came off at the top of Barregarrow and was airlifted to Noble's Hospital with suspected leg fractures.

Conditions were overcast at the start of the qualifying session and riders were able to complete just one lap before practices were red flagged. By the time the road had been cleared, increasingly heavy rain meant the session had to be called off.

Conditions on the opening lap proved to be fairly good with Michael Dunlop first back past the Grandstand at 128.690mph, just shy of his best lap set yesterday, while Guy Martin was also over 128mph. William Dunlop was next up at 127.911mph with Dean Harrison posting his personal best lap of the week so far at 126.521mph.

The newcomers again posted good laps with six of them over the 110mph barrier – Peter Hickman (117.895), Martin Jessopp (115.607), Vick de Cooremeter (114.410), Phil Crowe (113.910), Alan Bonner (112.447) and Danny Webb (112.203), with Crowe
and Webb both posting personal bests.Manxman Conor Cummins was the quickest Superstock rider at 126.268mph.

Bikes pictured at Lambfell last night by Tim George

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