Bad weather stops play, but Guy and An­stey still put in laps at Jurby

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Stephen Dav­i­son ROADS RE­PORTER

Bad weather has frus­trated or­gan­is­ers and com­peti­tors so far at TT 2017 with both the open­ing prac­tice ses­sion on Satur­day night and Mon­day evening’s out­ing be­ing can­celled.

Scru­ti­neer­ing had been com­pleted and the rid­ers were ready to take to the Glen­crutch­ery Road on Satur­day when a sea mist sud­denly blew in and stopped play. The lack of vis­i­bil­ity meant the Airmed he­li­copter ser­vice couldn’t func­tion and Clerk of the Course Gary Thomp­son called off pro­ceed­ings. Af­ter a fine day of weather on Sun­day, heavy rain hit the is­land on Mon­day. Thomp­son again an­nounced there would be no ac­tion be­cause of dense hill fog on the moun­tain sec­tion and stand­ing wa­ter on the road fol­low­ing a course in­spec­tion.

Sil­i­cone En­gi­neer­ing Kawasaki’s Dean Har­ri­son told MCN he wasn’t con­cerned about the de­lay.

“No­body can do any­thing about the weather and we are all in the same boat,” the Brad­ford racer said.

“It is tough for the new­com­ers who want to get as many prac­tice laps in as pos­si­ble, but there is no point in get­ting worked up about some­thing we can’t do any­thing about. We don’t have so tight a plan that we can’t make changes.”

The loss of two prac­tice ses­sions re­duces the amount of track time avail­able to get bikes set up and that could lead to a change to the race sched­ule. In 2013 the Su­per­bike race was post­poned from Satur­day un­til Sun­day to al­low an ex­tra day of prac­tice for the big bikes.

Hope­fully that will not be the case, with the fore­cast pre­dict­ing bet­ter weather for the rest of prac­tice week.

There might not have been any ac­tion on the 37.73-mile TT cir­cuit, but that didn’t stop some of this year’s top men get­ting in some laps at the Jurby cir­cuit on Sun­day.

The high­est pro­file of which was Guy Martin who had a last-minute un­of­fi­cial prac­tice ses­sion at the Isle of Man cir­cuit as he pre­pares to make his TT come­back.

The 37-year-old took to the for­mer airfield track in the north of the is­land to ride the Mu­gen Shin­den he last rode in Ja­pan in April. Martin crashed the elec­tric bike at Tsubuka, forc­ing the Ja­panese squad to build a new bike from scratch for him.

The Jurby test fol­lowed a fi­nal out­ing on his Honda Fire­blade su­per­bike at Cas­tle Combe the pre­vi­ous week. The ex­tra ses­sion had been sched­uled fol­low­ing John Mcguin­ness’ North West 200 crash and Honda’s with­drawal from the North­ern Ire­land meet­ing amidst con­cerns about the Honda race kit elec­tron­ics on the new su­per­bike.

Martin con­firmed the Fire­blade has now been fit­ted with Motec ig­ni­tion in line with the British Su­per­bike­spec Honda Rac­ing ma­chines of Jason O’hal­lo­ran and Dan Lin­foot.

Al­though Guy suf­fered an­other crash dur­ing the Cas­tle Combe test - his third so far this year af­ter offs at Mon­te­blanco and Tan­dragee - he said he was now much hap­pier with the new su­per­bike than he had been in pre­vi­ous out­ings.

“It feels like my bike now,” he said at Jurby.

“It does what I want it to do, goes when I want it to go and stops when I want it to stop.

“We learned a lot more at Cas­tle Combe but now we have to try it out here on the TT course.”

Guy also paid a last minute visit to his in­jured team-mate at his More­cambe home be­fore cross­ing the Ir­ish sea.

“John won’t have the fix­a­tor fit­ted to his leg un­til the skin graft has healed but he is in good form and get­ting around the house on crutches,” Guy said.

Guy has made progress with the Blade, see p36 This thing han­dles like a wheel­bar­row… Guy meets some fans at the TT

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