Updated: McGuinness Turns 129 mph Lap During Thursday Practice At The Isle Of Man

Updated: McGuinness Turns 129 mph Lap During Thursday Practice At The Isle Of Man

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Isle Of Man May 31, 2007 Practice Results: TT Superbike: 1. John McGuinness (Hon CBR1000RR), 17:32.24, 129.085 mph 2. Guy Martin (Hon CBR1000RR), 17:39.78, 128.166 mph 3. Ian Lougher (Hon CBR1000RR), 17:40.00, 128.140 mph 4. Ian Hutchinson (Hon CBR1000RR), 17:44.93, 127.546 mph 5. Martin Finnegan (Hon CBR1000RR), 17:47.06, 127.292 mph 6. Bruce Anstey (Suz GSX-R1000), 17:54.07, 126.461 mph 7. Michael Rutter (Kaw ZX-10R), 18:06.60, 125.003 mph 8. Adrian Archibald (Suz GSX-R1000), 18:08.44, 124.791 mph 9. Paul Hunt (Yam YZF-R1), 18:16.20, 123.908 mph 10. Conor Cummins (Yam YZF-R1), 18:24.96, 122.926 mph 11. Ryan Farquhar (Hon CBR1000RR), 18:26.68, 122.735 mph 16. Steve Plater (Yam YZF-R1), 18:38.99, 121.384 mph 42. Jimmy Moore (Hon CBR1000RR), 19:26.85, 116.406 mph 49. Mark Miller (Apr RSV1000), 19:31.81, 115.913 mph Supersport Junior TT: 1. Bruce Anstey (Suz GSX-R600), 18:27.72, 122.619 mph 2. Guy Martin (Hon CBR600RR), 18:31.26, 122.229 mph 3. Ryan Farquhar (Kaw ZX-6R), 18:32.80, 122.060 mph 4. Ian Lougher (Hon CBR600RR), 18:42.89, 120.963 mph 5. Nigel Beattie (Yam YZF-R6), 18:47.58, 120.460 mph 6. Michael Rutter (Kaw ZX-6R), 18:47.82, 120.434 mph 7. John McGuinness (Hon CBR600RR), 18:49.63, 120.241 mph 8. Dan Stewart (Yam YZF-R6), 18:51.15, 120.080 mph 9. Ian Pattinson (Hon CBR600RR), 18:51.41, 120.052 mph 10. Ian Hutchinson (Hon CBR600RR), 18:52.13, 119.976 mph 13. Martin Finnegan (Hon CBR600RR), 18:54.44, 119.731 mph 31. Steve Plater (Yam YZF-R6), 19:33.35, 115.761 mph 37. Mark Miller (Hon CBR600RR), 19:42.21, 114.893 mph 38. Jimmy Moore (Honda CBR600RR), 19:44.67, 114.655 mph TT Superstock: 1. Bruce Anstey (Suz GSX-R1000), 18:05.58, 125.120 mph 2. John McGuinness (Hon CBR1000RR), 18:12.79, 124.295 mph 3. Martin Finnegan (MV Agusta F4-1000), 18:12.91, 124.281 mph 4. Adrian Archibald (Suz GSX-R1000), 18:21.40, 123.323 mph 5. Mark Parrett (Yam YZF-R1), 18:27.78, 122.613 mph 6. Guy Martin (Hon CBR1000RR), 18:29.89, 122.380 mph 7. Ian Hutchinson (Hon CBR1000RR), 18:33.34, 122.000 mph 8. Conor Cummins (Yam YZF-R1), 18:35.51, 121.763 mph 9. Ryan Farquhar (Kaw ZX-10R), 18:37.88, 121.505 mph 10. Gary Carswell (Suz GSX-R1000), 18:42.82, 120.970 mph 14. Steve Plater (Yam YZF-R1), 19:07.18, 118.402 mph Jimmy Moore (Hon CBR1000RR), no time listed Mark Miller (Apr RSV1000), no time listed More, from a press release issued by Alpha Boilers Racing: Perfect weather for penultimate practice. The Alpha Boilers Racing team once again had mixed results during Thursday night practice for the Isle of Man TT Centenary races. Martin Finnegan put in laps on all of his machines and is feeling confident with the progress that he has made. On the other side of the garage Klaus Klaffenbock and Christian Parzer were not so lucky with their sidecar breaking down 2 miles from the Grandstand after only one lap. Finnegan posted his fastest ever lap round the TT circuit on his Superbike lapping with an average speed of 127.292mph and finishing in fifth place. “That was my fastest lap ever round here,” he grinned, “We made some changes to the bike and they all worked well so I’m happy. I’ve got more changes to come so it is all good.” He also made progress with his Supersport bike, “We’ve got some more changes to try but it is a brand new bike, never been used. I did one lap and it was from a standing and I was pleased with it,” he said. The weather conditions were ideal for practice and Finnegan is feeling confident as he said, “I feel good, the bike and the lads are working well and tonight was perfect. I’ve a few things I want to try in Friday night’s practice; I’m going to do two laps on the 60 and I want to make some changes to the Superbike and try them out.” After the solos practice session the sidecars took to the track, Klaffenbock and Parzer got one lap in but noticed that the engine temperature was rising and there was definitely a problem. “I knew something was wrong as the temperature was going up and the power decreasing. I pulled in at Hillberry and had to wait for a lift back to the paddock,” said Klaffenbock. Once back at the paddock the team discovered that the head gasket had gone. With the final practice session this evening at 6pm, both sides of the garage are hoping for a clear run and no further problems. More, from a press release issued by Steve Plater’s publicist: STEVE PLATER MAKES HISTORY AT ISLE OF MAN TT Steve Plater made history on Thursday evening when he clocked up the fastest ever lap of the TT course by a newcomer in the evening practise session on the Optoma Loans Yamaha R1 Superbike with a scorching lap time of 18 minutes, 38.99 seconds 121.384mph. Steve is also currently holding the top newcomer position in the Superstock class after completing two laps of the 37.73 mile public road course on the Superstock machine in 19m 07.18s 118.402mph. He rounded off the evening’s practise with a lap on the Supersport 600cc bike as second fastest newcomer with a lap of 19m 33.35s 115.761mph. “After Wednesday’s practise was cancelled because of the weather we were keeping fingers crossed for a dry run on Thursday and the weather was perfect,” said Steve. “I started with a two-lap run out on the Superstock R1 but was not completely happy with the set-up, finding it difficult to get comfortable with a setting so was surprised to find I had put in a 118mph lap as I thought I was cruising round for much of the time. I then jumped on my Superbike and put in another two laps. It’s my favourite machine as it has much more power and it’s the bike I am used to. “I didn’t push too hard but was trying to concentrate on the section between Ginger Hall and Ramsey where the surface is very rough. The bike felt really smooth and I was much more comfortable as it was behaving much better, making it easier to complete a good, flowing lap. “I rounded off the evening’s practise with a lap on the Supersport bike trying out a slightly different chassis setting. It did feel better but I am still not 100% happy with it. “I am not too worried about lapping faster at the moment, I need to be a little more accurate in places and be able to hold the throttle wide open through the roughest sections of the course. “On my return to the pits everyone was very excited and I was told I had managed to put in the fastest ever lap time for a newcomer in the Superbike class.” * Lincolnshire Company, Optoma Loans are proud to announce that they are the official sponsors of Steve Plater at this year’s centenary Isle of Man TT. * Andrew Seymour, CEO and Chief Executive of Optoma Loans said: “I am genuinely proud to be associated with such a prestigious, successful and skilled rider as Steve. Optoma Loans is a brand devoted to backing the best teams in the sport and although it is Steve’s first time round the TT course, you just never know what he might pull out the bag. Everyone at Optoma Loans wishes him the best of luck.” * Alistair Flanagan of Optoma Loans Yamaha and team owner of AIM Yamaha Racing said: “I am really happy to have Andrew Seymour and Optoma Loans on board, we are looking forward to developing his aspirations and business with him. We are deemed the number one road racing team in the sport and we are having a very successful year so far, we hope our success helps to expose Optoma Loans to new customers. * Steve Plater said: “I am thrilled to have Optoma Loans supporting the team at the TT. The company is based in my home county of Lincolnshire and they have supported me personally so far this year already. I am pleased with how the TT practices have been going, and to be the fastest newcomer is a bonus, let’s hope the weather stays good. We have tried a few different settings on all three machines to enable me to feel a little more comfortable on the roughest sections of the course and will implement those next time out.” There is one final evening of practise tonight prior to racing which starts on Saturday with Steve making his debut in the six-lap TT Superbike race scheduled to start at noon. Monday sees Steve in action again in the Superstock TT run over four laps with a 10.45am start and then on Wednesday he takes in the Junior TT for Supersport machines run over four laps at 10.45am. Subject to qualification Steve will round off his first TT appearance with the high profile Senior TT on Friday over six laps distance with a scheduled start of 1045am.

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