DEAN Harrison opened his 2019 Isle of Man TT account by leading the opening practice session this afternoon as the Mountain Course finally roared into life.
After yesterday’s practice cancellation thanks to low lying mist on the mountain, riders were let loose today as newcomer solos, rookie sidecars, 600s and Lightweights all hit the track.
Silicone Engineering’s Harrison led the Supersport ranks with a 126.09mph lap, pipping MD Racing’s Michael Dunlop to the top spot as the Ballymoney rider clocked a 123.90.
Manxman Conor Cummins clocked a 123.71 to go third quickest on the Milenco by Padgett’s Honda while PreZ Racing man Jamie Coward went fourth fastest with a 123.19.
Coward also led the Lightweight ranks on the SB Tuning/CMS Supertwin as he skirted the 120 mark with a 119.96, lapping just over seven seconds quicker than SC-Project Reparto Corse Paton rider and reigning winner Dunlop’s 118.52.
Dafabet Devitt’s Paul Jordan set a 117.45 to go third quickest while KMR Kawasaki’s top man Derek McGee and North West 200 winner, Paton-mounted Stefano Bonetti, rounded out the top five with a 116.19 and 116.02, respectively.
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