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Hutchinson posts his fastest ever lap at Isle of Man in Q4

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Another glorious day on the Isle of Man meant that conditions were again perfect for the penultimate qualifying session for the 2010 TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy.

In a break in tradition, it was the sidecar crews who got to tackle the Mountain Course first. This was done not only to give the three wheel brigade some extended track time but also to allow the solo competitors an opportunity to test out the new pit lane speed limit, which has been introduced this year to replace the ‰Û÷stop box‰Ûª system that has been used in previous years to control pit lane speeds.

After the sidecars the riders again warned to give considerable care to the bright evening, and setting, sun. Bruce Anstey and John McGuinness set off towards Bray Hill first, the duo both Superbike mounted and the first group were in numerical order with Ian Lougher, Ian Hutchinson, Keith Amor, Cameron Donald, Guy Martin, Adrian Archibald, Conor Cummins and Gary Johnson away next. Nearly all of the leading competitors were on the Superbikes with the exception of Dan Stewart and William Dunlop who opted for their Supersport machines.

Donald pulled off the circuit early and came round the back roads before going back out again but it was Hutchinson who completed a lap first at 128.303mph. However, Amor was the fastest on the opening lap at 128.691mph with both Anstey and McGuinness surprisingly off the pace at 121.166mph and 119.827mph respectively. Archibald and Martin were down in the 123mph bracket with Farquhar and Michael Dunlop also lapping above 125mph.

On the second lap, Hutchinson was really flying ‰ÛÒ and it showed. He crossed the line to record a lap of 130.165mph, his first ever 130mph+ lap, with Cummins and Donald flying at 128.838mph and 128.836mph. Rutter and Dunlop were also upping their pace, setting personal best laps of 127.564mph and 127.946mph, comfortably his best ever speed. Mark Buckley and Steve Mercer, one of the leading newcomers last year, showed they could well be the men to catch in the race for the Privateer‰Ûªs Championship with laps of 124mph+.

Many of the leading contenders switched to their 600cc bikes for the second half of the session and it was Amor who went quickest, the Scotsman lapping at 124.797mph on the Kojak Racing Honda. Hutchinson wasn‰Ûªt too far behind at 124.685mph with Martin third at 123.902mph.

David Johnson was again the leading newcomer with a fine lap of 118.607mph, Stephen Thompson following closely at 117.387mph. Swiss ace Herve Ganther was third fastest with 115.210mph whilst Brian McCormack bounced back from his spill the previous night to lap at 114.326 just behind James Hurrell‰Ûªs speed of 114.510. In the 600cc division, Dan Cooper improved to 113.740mph and David Jones posted his first 110mph+ lap at 111.154mph.

Provisional Times:

Poker Stars Superbike TT
1 Ian Hutchinson (1000 Padgetts Honda) ‰ÛÒ 130.165mph
2 Conor Cummins (1000 McAdoo Kawasaki) ‰ÛÒ 128.838mph
3 Cameron Donald (1000 Relentless by TAS Suzuki) ‰ÛÒ 128.836mph
4 Keith Amor (1000 HM Plant Honda) ‰ÛÒ 128.691mph
5 Michael Rutter (1000 HM Plant Honda) ‰ÛÒ 127.564mph
6 Michael Dunlop (1000 Robinson Concrete/Street Sweep Honda) ‰ÛÒ 127.946mph

Monster Energy Supersport TT
1 Keith Amor (600 Kojak Racing Honda) ‰ÛÒ 124.797mph
2 Ian Hutchinson (600 Padgetts Honda) ‰ÛÒ 124.685mph
3 Guy Martin (600 Wilson Craig Honda) ‰ÛÒ 123.902mph
4 Ryan Farquhar (600 KMR Kawasaki) ‰ÛÒ 122.818mph
5 John McGuinness (600 Padgetts Honda) ‰ÛÒ 121.172mph
6 Ian Lougher (600 Blackhorse Kawasaki) ‰ÛÒ 120.663mph

Royal London 360 Superstock TT
1 Michael Rutter (1000cc HM Plant Honda) - 127.564mph
2 Michael Dunlop (1000cc Hunts Motorcycles/Marlow Construction Honda) - 127.111mph
3 Conor Cummins (1000cc McAdoo Kawasaki) - 124.924mph
4 Mark Buckley (1000cc OTSS Racing Kawasaki) - 124.319mph
5 Adrian Archibald (1000cc AMA Racing Suzuki) - 124.232mph
6 Steve Mercer (1000cc G Forces/SMR Road Racing Yamaha) - 124.156mph

Sure Sidecar TT
1 Dave Molyneux/Patrick Farrance (600 DMR Kawasaki) ‰ÛÒ 115.464mph
2 Klaus Klaffenbock/Dan Sayle (600 Manx Gas/A&J Racing Honda) ‰ÛÒ 114.096mph
3 Simon Neary/Paul Knapton (600 Dave Hudspeth Carpets/Nick Crowe Racing Honda) ‰ÛÒ 113.172mph
4 Conrad Harrison/Kerry Williams (600 Printer Roller Services Honda) ‰ÛÒ 111.962mph
5 John Holden/Andy Winkle (600 Holden Racing/TAS Suzuki) ‰ÛÒ 111.710mph
6 Tim Reeves/Dipash Chauhan (600 Double M/Haith Racing Suzuki) ‰ÛÒ 110.758mph

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