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IOMTT 2015: Misbehaving Weather and Thursday’s 130mph Marker

After behaving itself all through Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the weather finally turned on Saturday, forcing Isle of Man TT officials to call it a day – just for one day, that is. Especially since high winds over the mountain section made it almost impossible for the medical helicopter to provide coverage.

Sunday’s race schedule stays the same with the Sure Sidecar race now being rescheduled for Monday. It was also decided that the RL 360° Superstock race will be held first. The riders wanted the faster Superstock bikes to run first in the morning, with the slower Monster Energy Supersport Race 1 to be held in the evening.

The change in schedule just means we have to wait just a little longer to see how things pan out for our favourite warriors, especially after the mad qualifying sessions they gave us on Thursday and Friday.

Recap: Thundering Thursday

PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 04/06/2014: Ian Hutchinson on the PBM Kawasaki during Thusday's qualifying for the 2015 Monster Energy Isle of Man TT; Image courtesy IOMTT.com

PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 04/06/2014: Ian Hutchinson on the PBM Kawasaki during Thusday’s qualifying for the 2015 Monster Energy Isle of Man TT; Image courtesy IOMTT.com (editorial use only)

Thursday evening at the TT was perfect, a good day to go racing and a great day for qualifying. It was especially brilliant for Ian Hutchinson and John McGuinness who demonstrated their TT prowess by lapping at more than 130mph {Yes, I think you do need to take a deep breath}.

The qualifying session started with Hutchinson on the PBM Kawasaki and Michael Rutter (Penz13.com/ Bathams BMW) followed by Tyco BMW’s Guy Martin and William Dunlop, and Gary Johnson on the GBMoto Kawasaki.

Bruce Anstey, McGuinness, Dan Keen and Dan Steward were all out on their superbikes. Hutchinson was first in, clocking a 129.793 with Martin at 128.504 and William Dunlop at 128.139.

PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 04/06/2014: Michael Dunlop on the MD Racing BMW  at Ballacraine during Thusday's qualifying for the 2015 Monster Energy Isle of Man TT; Image courtesy IOMTT.com, (editorial use only)

PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 04/06/2014: Michael Dunlop on the MD Racing BMW at Ballacraine during Thusday’s qualifying for the 2015 Monster Energy Isle of Man TT; Image courtesy IOMTT.com, (editorial use only)

Bruce Anstey and McGuinness slotted into second and third in the Superbike class with laps of 129.139 and 128.642 respectively. It was obvious that we had a much more happier Michael Dunlop on our hands. His last-minute switch to BMW early Wednesday was comfortably quick on his Superstock machine at 128.447mph.

PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 04/06/2014: John McGuinness on the Honda Racing Fireblade at Ballacraine during Thusday's qualifying for the 2015 Monster Energy Isle of Man TT; Image courtesy IOMTT.com (editorial use only)

PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 04/06/2014: John McGuinness on the Honda Racing Fireblade at Ballacraine during Thusday’s qualifying for the 2015 Monster Energy Isle of Man TT; Image courtesy IOMTT.com (editorial use only)

Hutchinson became the first to break the 130mph barrier at the 2015 TT. It was on his second lap with a speed of 130.266. Easy-peasy. Anstey was just a tad slower at 129.957, but McGuinness couldn’t let Hutchinson get away with the glory. He clocked in at 130.030, 1.8s slower than the Kawasaki rider.

William Dunlop went 4th quickest with 129.419 (crikey!), with teammate Martin at 128.963, Rutter at 128.529 and Conor Cummins becoming the only other rider to break the 128mph barrier.

Superstock saw Michael Dunlop increase his pace to 129.659, the fourth fastest lap on Thursday, with Hutchinson taking second place with 128.308.

In the Lightweight class, Ryan Farquhar set the pace and his sights on another TT win closing at 117.432.

Courtesy IOMTT Press Release; Images courtesy IOMTT.com

Friday’s (June 5) Qualifying Press Release To Follow

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