Off to the slowest start in years, the Isle of Man TT extended the practice session to include a full day Saturday, pushing back the Superbike race to Sunday at 2:00 local time and the Sidecar race to Monday evening.

Ian Hutchinson is the first on the course and posts an new fastest lap of the week at over 129 mph.Photo: Paul Phillips
Ivan Lintin leads Daniel Hegerty by Gardner's Lane.Photo: Paul Phillips

Ian Hutchinson was the first out this morning and ran the fastest lap this week with at 129.89, later upstaged by Michael Dunlop at 131.062. Finally with the perfect weather conditions riders were able to push testing both themselves and the machines tomorrow’s 6 lap Superbike race.

Picking up speed and heading into Ramsey and a hard right turn at Parliament Square.Photo: Paul Phillips
Peter Hickman aggressively pushing his BMW 1000 Superstock.Photo: Paul Phillips

As the session wore on, the riders constantly pitted to either make changes to their Superbike or switch to their Supersport or Superstock machines and Lee Johnston was quickest in both of the latter. However, he crashed out towards the end of the session at Greeba Castle, sustaining minor injuries, and the session came to an early end. It was later reported that Johnston would be transferred to Liverpool for further assessment and treatment. Joe Akroyd on his Superstock machine was reported off at Glentramman and was also transferred to Liverpool while Danny Webb sustained a shoulder injury in an incident at Laurel Bank

During a red flag slow-down, the Aussies Josh Brookes and David Johnson both lift off on their 1000 Nortons.Photo: Paul Phillips
Sidecars maneuver their way through two quick turns at Parliament Square in Ramsey.Photo: Paul Phillips

In the Lightweight class, Martin Jessopp set the fastest lap of the week with a speed of 116.535mph on the Riders Motorcycles Kawasaki. 2015 and 2016 winner Ivan Lintin was less than half a second behind in second with Hickman’s final lap of 116.239mph seeing him jump up to third on the KMR/IEG Kawasaki.

Dan Cooper also lapped in excess of 116mph to place fourth ahead of Stefano Bonetti with Michael Dunlop putting in his first laps of the week on the McAdoo Racing Kawasaki to go sixth at 115.572mph. Gary Johnson, Josh Brookes and James Cowton were the other riders to lap at more than 115mph whilst McLean was again flying in tenth.

Gordon Shand and Philip Hyde were trying to make quick repairs to the sidecar that was black flagged.Photo: Paul Phillips
James Hillier leans his 600 Kawasaki into the turn at the Ramsey hairpin.Photo: Paul Phillips
Ever closer to the stone wall, Conor Cummins takes a tight line on the hairpin.Photo: Paul Phillips
Michael Dunlop on his 600 Yamaha, pushing the pace no matter which bike he is on.Photo: Paul Phillips
Martin Jessopp set the fastest lap of the week with a speed of 116.535 mph on the Riders Motorcycles KawasakiPhoto: Paul Phillips
Josh Daley leans into the hairpin on his Kawasaki.Photo: Paul Phillips
The IOMTT crowds get a close but fleeting look at the riders.Photo: Paul Phillips
Guy Martin takes a quick look back to see who is behind him.Photo: Paul Phillips
As driver Tim Reeves turns tight at the hairpin lifting passenger Mark Wilkes of the ground.Photo: Paul Phillips
Michael Dunlop brings his #6 Suzuki 1000 out for one more lap of testing.Photo: Paul Phillips
Even on practice days, the riders are competitive, testing and refining their skills.Photo: Paul Phillips
Bruce Anstey on his Mugen Electric TT Zero bike.Photo: Paul Phillips
Guy Martin on his Mugen Electric TT Zero bike.Photo: Paul Phillips