Ian Hutchinson tops Superstpock with fastest lap of the day, 129.535mph
Bruce Anstey tops Superbike with 129.212mph
Bonetti puts Paton on top of the Lightweight board
Dean Harrison pips Michael Dunlop in Supersport qualifier

Conditions were finally perfect for qualifying at the 2017 Isle of Man TT Races, fuelled by Monster Energy, and Ian Hutchinson and Bruce Anstey set the pace with both averaging laps of over 129mph.

Bruce Anstey
Bruce Anstey

Hutchinson’s lap of 129.535mph came on his Superstock BMW after stopping at Governor’s Bridge on his opening lap on the Superbike with Anstey posting a time of 129.212mph on the RC213-VS padgettsmotorcycles.com Honda.

Hutchinson was first to leave the line at 6.23pm alongside Peter Hickman on the Smiths Racing Superstock BMW. Gary Johnson and James Hillier, Steve Mercer and Lee Johnston and Dan Kneen and Michael Dunlop quickly followed the opening pair down Glencrutchery Road.

Ian Hutchinson
Ian Hutchinson

Kneen was reported to have stopped at Quarter Bridge but he was soon back out on his Superstock mount while the Norton pairing of David Johnson and Josh Brookes were out of luck, retiring at the Bottom of Barregarrow and Ballaugh respectively.

Hickman was first to complete a lap with 128.028mph but Hutchinson had stopped at Governor’s. Johnson and Hillier had no such problems, and both were above the 127mph mark. Dunlop was quickest on the lap though with an opening lap of 128.576mph with Hillier, Conor Cummins, Michael Rutter, Dean Harrison and Bruce Anstey also over 127mph.

Bruce Anstey
Bruce Anstey

On the second lap Hickman was slightly slower at 127.63mph but Anstey had upped the pace considerably to 129.212mph, which made him the evening’s quickest Superbike. Mercer and Rutter were over 125mph but further back on the road, Hutchinson was getting back in the groove and sure enough a lap of 129.535mph not only made him the fastest Superstock machine but also the fastest on the night.

Kneen’s good week in the Superstock class continued with a lap of 127.23mph but this was upstaged on the third lap by Rutter and Harrison who lapped at 128.588mph and 128.477mph respectively to go second and third in the Superstock class behind Hutchinson.

Meanwhile, the newcomers were also making good progress with Adam McLean putting in a superb lap at 119.06mph. Paul Jordan jumped up to 114.88mph with Joey Thompson on 112.91mph.

Superbike Qualifying TT 2017
  1. Bruce Anstey – Honda – 129.212
  2. Ian Hutchinson – BMW – 128.987
  3. Michael Dunlop – Suzuki – 128.576
  4. Michael Rutter – BMW – 127.390
  5. James Hillier – Kawasaki – 127.308
  6. Conor Cummins – Honda – 127.227
  7. Dean Harrison – Kawasaki – 127.203
  8. Peter Hickman – BMW – 126.978
  9. Lee Johnston – BMW – 126.975
  10. William Dunlop – Yamaha – 126.011
  11. Dan Kneen – BMW – 125.944
  12. Gary Johnson – Suzuki – 125.741
  13. Ivan Lintin – Kawasaki – 125.540
  14. Steve Mercer – Kawasaki – 125.174
  15. Martin Jessopp – BMW – 124.890
  16. James Cowton – Kawasaki – 124.454
  17. Daniel Hegarty – Honda – 124.288
  18. Horst Saiger – Kawasaki – 124.034
  19. Dan Stewart – BMW – 124025
  20. Jamie Coward – BMW – 123.924
  21. David Johnson – Norton – 123.607
  22. Shaun Anderson – Suzuki – 123.531
  23. Brian McCormack – BMW – 123.117
  24. Guy Martin – Honda – 123.112
  25. Derek Sheils – Suzuki – 123.035
  26. Danny Webb – BMW – 123.017
  27. Philip Crowe – BMW – 122.773
  28. Josh Brookes – Norton – 122.583
  29. Alan Bonner – BMW – 122.526
  30. Stefano Bonettu – BMW – 121.862
Superstock Qualifying TT 2017
  1. Ian Hutchinson – BMW – 129.535
  2. Michael Rutter – BMW – 128.588
  3. Dean Harrison – Kawasaki – 128.477
  4. Peter Hickman – BMW – 128.028
  5. Dan Kneen – BMW – 127.232
  6. Lee Johnston – BMW – 126.975
  7. Ivan Lintin – Kawasaki – 125.540
  8. Michael Dunlop – Suzuki – 125.328
  9. Steve Mercher – Kawasaki – 125.174
  10. Derek Sheils – Suzuki – 125.097
  11. James Cowton – Kawasaki – 124.454
  12. Jamie Coward – BMW – 123.924
  13. Bruce Anstey – Honda – 123.722
  14. Shaun Anderson – Suzuki – 123.531
  15. Martin Jessopp – BMW – 123.415
  16. Horst Saiger – Kawasaki – 123.400
  17. Brian McCormack – BMW – 123.117
  18. Danny Webb – BMW – 123.017
  19. Alan Bonner – BMW – 122.526
  20. Stefano Bonetti – 121.862
  21. Philip Crowe – BMW – 121.608
  22. Michael Sweeney – BMW – 121.429
  23. Andrew Dudgeon – Kawasaki – 121.297
  24. Dominic Herbertson – BMW – 121.216
  25. Conor Cummins – Honda – 121.181
  26. Mark Parrett – BMW – 121.135
  27. Ryan Kneen – BMW – 120.592
  28. David Johnson – BMW – 120.445
  29. Joe Akroyd – Suzuki – 120.425
  30. Kamil Holan – BMW – 120.354
Updated TT Schedule

Following the loss of earlier sessions during the week, tomorrow’s schedule is now a full dedicated day of qualifying with the RST Superbike now scheduled for Sunday 4th June, the first race of TT 2017:

Saturday, June 3 TT Schedule

  • 09.15 Road closed Barrule Park, Ramsey to Bungalow
  • 09.30 Road closed Bungalow to Creg Ny Baa
  • 10.00 Roads closed rest of the course
  • 10.40 – 12.00 Superbike/Superstock/Supersport/Newcomers (all Classes except Lightweight) Qualifying
  • 12.05 – 13.05 Sidecar Qualifying
  • 14.10 – 15.30 Supersport/Lightweight/Newcomers (all classes) Qualifying
  • 15.40 – 16.30 Sidecar Qualifying
  • 16.35 Superbike/Superstock/Supersport Qualifying (1 lap)
  • 17.00 TT Zero Qualifying (1 lap)
  • 17.40 Roads scheduled to be open except mountain section
  • 18.40 Roads scheduled to be open around the course
Supersport

Just after 7.10pm, the 1000cc machines were short lapped and the course became the sole domain of the Supersport and Lightweight machines. Hutchinson set the initial pace on the McAMS Yamaha at 123.19mph but this was bettered by Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki with a speed of 123.323mph.

However, towards the end of the session, Michael Dunlop just edged out Harrison with a speed of 123.325mph but the Bradford rider wasn’t to be outdone and a 124.35mph lap sent him to the top of the leaderboard. Hillier slotted into fourth at 122.93 with Hickman, Cummins, Jamie Coward, William Dunlop, Anstey and Kneen also above 121mph.

Supersport Qualifying TT 2017
  1. Dean Harrison – Kawasaki – 124.353
  2. Michael Dunlop – Yamaha – 123.325
  3. Ian Hutchinson – Yamaha – 123.191
  4. James Hillier – Kawasaki – 122.930
  5. Conor Cummins – Honda – 122.190
  6. Lee Johnston – Honda – 122.160
  7. Martin Jessopp – Triumph – 122.053
  8. Peter Hickman – Triumph – 121.949
  9. Dan Kneen – Honda – 121.830
  10. Jamie Coward – Honda – 121.273
  11. William Dunlop – Yamaha – 121.272
  12. Bruce Anstey – Honda – 121.220
  13. Gary Johnson – Triumph – 120.434
  14. Ivan Lintin – Kawasaki – 119.356
  15. Andrew Dudgeon – Suzuki – 119.159
Lightweight

In the Lightweight class, Italian Stefano Bonetti set the fastest lap of the week to date with a speed of 115.69mph on the Paton with Rutter, also on a Paton, on 114.28mph. Hickman on the KMR/IEG Kawasaki, was second with a lap of 114.86mph from Dan Cooper (114.79) and Lee Johnston (114.73).

Steve Mercer was reported to have had an accident at the 11th milestone and was taken by airmed to Nobles with what were initially described as minor injuries while Frank Gallagher suffered broken teeth at the Gooseneck and was taken back to the paddock in a course car.

Sidecars

After a short delay due to the incidents in the solo’s session, the Formula Two Sidecars were back out on the Mountain Course at 8.10pm with Ben and Tom Birchall leading the field away only to retire at Crosby.

That gave Dave Molyneux/Dan Sayle a clear road and their opening lap of 113.001mph was just over 1mph quicker than Tim Reeves/Mark Wilkes on 111.999mph. Karl Bennett/Maxime Vasseur (109.51), Alan Founds/Jake Lowther (109.04), Lewis Blackstock/Patrick Rosney (107.95) and Estelle Leblond/Melanie Farnier (106.59).

Second time around and the leading duo both upped their pace but Molyneux/Sayle held onto the top spot with the fastest lap of the week at 114.74mph. Reeves/Wilkes weren’t too far behind though and improved to 114.35mph, the fastest ever lap by a newcomer passenger albeit unofficially. John Holden/Lee Cain got a clear run on their second lap with a speed of 112.085mph putting them third quickest.

TT Zero

Some of the TT Zero machines opted for an early look at the track at the end of the evening and the Mugen pair of Anstey (109.520) and Martin (108.413) were predictably quickest although there was a notable performance by Adam Child in completing the first production electric bike lap (74.786) on the Energica machine.