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But it doesn't look too good at the minute . Fingers crossed
Latest post of the previous page:Emergency session called off but we are still on for an evening session.
After another afternoon of delays organisers have confirmed sidecars are set to head out on track at 15:00.
With the schedule slipping through the afternoon due to cloud cover on the mountain section of the Course there's now no longer time for a Lightweight qualifying session before the end of the road closure order at 17:30.
Therefore the session with see a two lap practice for sidecars, followed by a combined Superbike / Superstock and Supersport session and finally a one lap practice for TT Zero competitors.
Ramsey's fastest barista, Conor Cummins was top of the Superbike times on Sunday's TT 2019 practice.
Conor's local knowledge and extensive TT Course experience came to the fore as he put in a 128.92mph lap to edge out Dean Harrison, although Harrison remains fastest of the week with the time he set on Tuesday, 129.53mph.
Tyco BMW’s Michael Dunlop had a terrible time, breaking down at the Mountain Box on his first lap and being trapped there for the rest of the session.
In the Superstock class Peter Hickman was only a little off Conor's Superbike time at 128.499mph, and Conor was second fastest at 127.171mph.
Lee Johnston got two laps in on his Supersport machine and put them to good use by edging out Gary Johnson as fastest on the day. Lee's best lap of 122.926mph was well down on 126.094 mph recorded by Dean Harrison earlier in the week but with strong winds on the Mountain it was never going to be fast day for the lighter 600cc machines.
Sidecar qualifying was dominated once more by John Holden and Lee Cain, but the Birchall Brothers closed the gap: 114.986mph versus 114.930mph.
ACU Events Ltd regrets to confirm that Daley Mathison, 27, from Stockton on Tees, Durham was killed in an incident during the Superbike Race today at the Isle of Man TT Races. The accident occurred at Snugborough, just over 2 miles into the Course, on the 3rd lap of the race.
Daley was an experienced competitor and was seeded 19th for today’s race. He made his Mountain Course debut in the 2013 Manx Grand Prix Newcomers A Race, finishing fifth. His TT career included three consecutive podiums in the TT Zero electric bike Race in 2016, 2017 and 2018 including the runner up position in the race last year, representing Nottingham University.
He also achieved an 11th place finish in last year’s Superstock Race and a pair of 13th place finishes in the 2017 and 2018 Senior TT Races.
He set his fastest lap of the Mountain Course - 128.054mph - in the 2018 Superstock race which made him the 34th fastest rider of all time. He set the second fastest TT Zero lap ever with lap of 119.294mph in the 2018 race.
In total he started 19 TT Races with 14 finishes and 3 podiums and won 6 silver and 8 bronze replicas
ACU Events Ltd wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Daley’s wife Natalie, his family and friends.
Right from the start there were just fractions between the leaders at Glen Helen.
James Hillier had the advantage as they passed Dave Christian in the Manx Radio TT commentary box for the first time, but he was just 1.367 seconds ahead of Lee Johnston. Johnston in turn had just 1.221 in hand from Gary Johnson.
Dean Harrison, Jamie Coward and Michael Dunlop took up the next three spots on the leaderboard but just 1.5 seconds covered all three. Peter Hickman in seventh position was on 0.105 seconds down on Dunlop and Cummins was a further 0.759 seconds back on Hickman.
By Ballaugh on lap one Hickman had put on a spurt and gathered in Dunlop but the top eight remained otherwise as at Glen Helen.
Johnston had the lead by the Bungalow, just 1.278 seconds ahead of Hillier, and Peter Hickman had edged into third 2.473 seconds in front of Gary Johnson.
Lee’s advantage at the start of the second lap of four was out to 1.989 seconds over James Hillier after the descent from the Mountain, completing his first lap at an average of 126.03mph.
Peter Hickman held on to his third place, eking out the lead on Gary Johnson to 3.181 seconds.
At Glen Helen there was a change in the third-fourth-fifth place battle as Harrison got ahead of Gary Johnson, although Hickman had pulled closer to second-placed Hillier trailing the Kawasaki man by only half a second.
Lee Johnson’s lead was slashed from 3.944 at Glen Helen on lap 2 to just 0.656 seconds at Ballaugh Bridge, the gap back to Hickman growing commensurately to 3.887 seconds as Hillier.
With pit stops at the end of the second lap position on the road and on the leaderboard was critical. Beginning the run up the Mountain from Ramsey the order remained Lee Johnston, James Hillier, Peter Hickman, Dean Harrison and Michael Dunlop (who passed Gary Johnson at Glen Helen), Johnson and Conor Cummins. With only 20 seconds covering the top seven a slip in the pits – by rider or team - could prove devastating.
As it proved pitstops didn’t even enter into the equation, with weather proving the decisive factor. As the leading pack charged down to Cronk-ny-mona deteriorating weather led to the decision to put the chequered flag out at half race distance.
The result was Lee Johnston’s first TT win, with Hillier in second and Hickman taking third.
The eventual time difference between the leaders was 3.641 seconds for Johnston over Hillier, with Hickman 1.326 seconds behind Hillier.
Peter Hickman took the honours in today’s RST Superbike TT Race, which was red-flagged at just over half-distance.
After delays for a non-race medical emergency in Ramsey and an uncooperative fan at Laurel Bank, the flag dropped for Conor Cummins to get the 4-lap RST Superbike TT Race underway.
Although the ‘Ramsey Rocket’ was first on the road Dean Harrison, who led the 2018 Superbike race until his bike expired at Sulby, was the leader by Glen Helen on adjusted timing.
Peter Hickman was off to an almost equally quick start, trailing Harrison by just 1.150 seconds despite a very mixed practice week. Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings ’s James Hillier slotted into third place, ahead of Cummins, who was in turn in front of Michael Dunlop.
Honda RC213V-S mounted Michael Rutter took the exotic Batham’s Racing V-4 machine into sixth spot at Glen Helen on Lap 1.
By Ramsey on lap 1 Cummins had overhauled Hillier trailing Hickman by 3.819 seconds, otherwise the top six remained unchanged.
In very blustery conditions Harrison held his lead through the Bungalow, with a gap of 1.556 seconds over Peter Hickman, although Hickman stretched his cushion over Cummins to 4.176 seconds.
Dean’s first lap of 132.47mph was the fastest recorded lap of TT 2019 so far.
John McGuinness brought the Norton Superbike into the pits at the end of the first lap, walking away from the machine after a brief discussion with the team. Low oil pressure was diagnosed as the problem.
Derek McGee was another early retirement, touring over the line and heading back to the paddock at the end of the first circuit.
Michael Dunlop slipped to sixth, behind Michael Rutter but holding a lead of 6.294seconds over leading privateer Jamie Coward.
On the run from Glen Helen to Ballaugh Bridge – the fast and sinuous West of the TT Mountain Course – Harrison produced a phenomenal performance to extend his lead over Hickman to 4.841 seconds.
It was Hickman’s turn to produce the magic on the climb from Ramsey, by the Bungalow the gap was down to just 0.045 seconds and Cummins regained the lead on the road over Harrison.
Hickman won the race down the mountain, with a lead of 1.782 seconds coming into the pits, and held the lead through to Ballaugh.
Lee Johnston retired at the pit stop.
The race was red-flagged due to an incident at Snugborough and the result was declared shortly afterwards.
Peter Hickman won, Dean Harrison took second place and Conor Cummins held on to third.
Speaking after the race Peter confirmed he'd been riding a 'hybrid' of his Superstock bike frame and engine with Superbike front and rear ends in order to overcome issues experienced during qualifying.
Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes only made it as far as the bottom of Bray Hill David Molyneux and Harry Payne were reported as retired at Braddan Church.
In contrast to qualifying the Birchall brothers seemed to be straight on the pace and had a 4.138 second lead over John Holden and Lee Cain by Glen Helen which they extended to 5.646 seconds at Ballaugh.
The two Team Founds outfits made up the next two places with Peter Founds and passenger Jevan Walmsley leading brother Alan Founds and Jake Lowther.
Another set of brothers were setting the leaderboard on fire: Ryan and Callum Crowe were up to sixth place at Ballaugh Bridge, an incredible opener to their first ever TT race.
By Ramsey Ben and Tom Birchall had pulled out their lead over Holden & Cain to 8.739 seconds and after the climb up the mountain that gap was 11.282 seconds.
Crowe & Crowe continued making impressive progress, catching Lewis Blackstock and Patrick Rosney on time by the Bungalow, taking them into fifth place behind Founds and Lowther.
117.709mph was the opening lap from the Birchall brothers, a stunning opener given the small amount of practice time.
The Crowes’ 112.56mph first lap saw them comfortably exceed Tim Reeves’s longstanding newcomers lap record.
The Birchalls blinding pace continued through sector after sector on the second lap, 7.5 seconds inside their own lap record time at Ramsey, but the blustery conditions on the Mountain slowed them to only 119.13mph.
Holden and Cain tried to stay in touch but although they extended their advantage over Founds/Lowther to over 22 seconds, they were half-a-minute adrift of the Birchall brothers at the Bungalow.
The positions remained the same throughout the third lap allowing Ben and Tom to ease the pace and finish with a lap of 118.122mph, finishing in a new race record time.
John Holden and Lee Cain maintained their second place position, finishing 48.116 seconds down on the Birchalls. Founds and Lowther held off Founds and Walmsley by 5.572 seconds to finish third.
At the winners' enclosure Ben Birchall confirmed that although conditions played a part in holding them from doing the first 120mph+ it came down more to receiving a pit board telling him he was 30+ seconds ahead and bearing in mind advice from John McGuinness not to push too hard.
The Crowe brothers continued their dream debut, putting in a final lap of 113.34mph, finishing every lap inside the old newcomers lap record.