Isle of Man TT 2016: Michael Dunlop continues to dominate practice

Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop maintained his Superbike practice dominance on the Isle of Man

Michael Dunlop continued his Isle of Man TT practice week dominance as he set the fastest Superbike lap and set an unofficial Superstock lap record.

Dunlop, 27, lapped the course at 132.36mph on his BMW superbike and was only four seconds outside John McGuinness' absolute lap record.

The Ballymoney man's speed of 131.34 in the Superstocks improved his own previous best lap of 131.22.

Ian Hutchinson was second fastest in the Superbike class with 131.66.

Eleven-time TT winner Hutchinson, 36, produced his time on his Tyco BMW Superbike from a standing start.

John McGuinness
John McGuinness produced his fastest lap of the week at 131.12 on his Honda

Honda-mounted John McGuinness made up the top three in the blue riband class with 131.12, followed by his Honda team-mate Conor Cummins (129.99) and Yorkshire's Dean Harrison on a Kawasaki (129.97).

Fermanagh rider Lee Johnston, riding a Triumph, clocked the fastest Supersport speed of the week at 124.84mph to lie sixth overall in the leaderboard.

Bruce Anstey, the quickest Supersport rider to date with 124.508, came off his Superbike machine at Keppel Gate on Thursday evening, but walked away with a suspected minor ankle injury.

Michael Rutter moved to the top of the Lightweight Supertwins leaderboard with a lap of 118.054mph, just bettering Ivan Lintin's speed of 118.000mph set on Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, Tim Reeves and Patrick Farrance posted a lap of 114.83mph to send them to the top of the sidecar leaderboard ahead of Dave Molyneux and Dan Sayle.

The final qualifying session is scheduled to take place on Friday night, with the first race, the Superbikes, due off at 11:00 BST on Saturday.

Tim Reeves and Patrick Farrance
Tim Reeves and Patrick Farrance posted a lap of 114.83mph

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