FRIDAY’S TT FINAL PRACTICE CUT SHORT2012-06-01 17:59
An oil spill called a premature halt on tonight's final practice session at the Isle of Man TT, leaving all of tomorrow's main contenders for the Dainese Superbike TT without valuable track time to make last minute adjustments.
The solo session had commenced in glorious sunshine at 7.15pm with both Tyco Suzuki riders Guy Martin and Conor Cummins putting down some important laps on their GSX-R600 machinery. Martin posted a standing-start lap of 122.056mph with Cummins parking his Supersport machine after just one lap of 119.17mph, looking to get much-needed time on the Superbike.
The Manxman, who has been nursing a throttle-hand injury sustained at the International North West 200 last month, was in good form. He said: "It's hard to explain how the hand feels. It's not typically painful but just constantly throbs and I don't want to be taking any painkillers or injections - it's too dangerous around here to be doing that as you have to know how tight you're holding on. We'll just work around it and do the best we can. It's just a matter of gritting my teeth and getting on with the job."
Martin completed a second lap on his Supersport machine, but with yellow flags being waved on various parts of the circuit and difficulty with low sun, a tentative lap of 120.814mph was posted.
Unfortunately the oil spill on the Barregarrow section of the circuit forced a premature end to Friday night's session, curtailing any further laps for all competitors.
The next action on the TT Circuit will be tomorrow's six-lap Dainese Superbike TT which gets underway at 11am. Supersport Qualifying continues after the Sidecar Race 1 [approx 4pm]
Superbike Fastest Laps [All Sessions]:
1 John McGuinness [Honda] 17:24.20 130.079mph
2 Bruce Anstey [Honda] 17:28.33 129.566mph
3 Cameron Donald [Honda] 17:32.32 129.075mph
4 Guy Martin [Tyco Suzuki] 17:34.02 128.866mph
5 Michael Rutter [Kawasaki] 17:40.56 128.072mph
6 James Hillier [Kawasaki] 17:42.73 127.811mph
Source: Team Suzuki Press Office
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