31/05/2005

Archibald sets early pace at TT practice

Ballymoney rider Adrian Archibald was the first to set the pace in Monday night’s second practice session of the week for the 2005 Isle of Man TT Races.

A three-time TT winner, Archibald set the pace for the evening with a speed of 122.126 miles an hour on his Superbike Suzuki. Close behind, also on his Superbike, was ultimate lap record holder John McGuinness at 121.965.

Archibald went even faster on his second practice lap – at 122.930 – but McGuinness topped that with a lap at 125.041, which was to prove the fastest of the night. Ryan Farquhar then recorded a speed of 123.368 on his Superbike Kawasaki to move in behind McGuinness.

Archibald later switched to his Superstock Suzuki and led the class at 121.899 followed by Richard Britton at 119.787 and Bruce Anstey (119.571). Farquhar’s 120.969 on his Kawasaki was fastest in the Supersport class with McGuinness (119.808) and Martin Finnegan (119.460) close behind.

(MB/SP)

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