The IMGold Manx Grand Prix reaches a crescendo on Friday with the blue riband Senior race on the Isle of Man.
Blenheim’s Michael Moulai (Kawasaki) set the fastest lap during practice at 117.272mph but faces serious opposition from Rob Hodson (Yamaha) and Andrew Soar (Suzuki), who lapped at 116.942mph and 116.927mph respectively.
Hodson will be desperate to make amends after the Wigan rider held a lead of more than 12 seconds in the Junior race on Wednesday before his chances were thwarted by a refuelling problem.
Scotland’s Andy Lawson, who capitalised on Hodson’s woe to clinch the Junior honours, is also expected to be in the mix after a lap at 116.332mph along with the James Neesom, who triumphed in the Lightweight Supertwin race.
Czech rider Kamil Holan, plus impressive newcomer Malachi Mitchell-Thomas also can’t be dismissed lightly for the top six places, while Skerries man Andy Farrell – third in the Junior and Supertwin races – is Ireland’s best hope for a podium on the Martin Bullock/Manxsport Suzuki.
The Manx Grand Prix Riders Reunion parade will also take place.
Meanwhile, the event organisers have provided an update on those riders involved in incidents during Wednesday’s Junior and Supertwin/Lightweight races.
Junior competitor Tom Robinson from Barwick, who came off at Brandywell, has been discharged from Nobles Hospital.
Carl Roberts from the Isle of Man, off at Casey’s, is said to be comfortable, while Simon Perkin (Marple), who crashed at the 33rd Milestone, has been discharged.
Gary Gittins from Bishopscastle in Shropshire – a faller at Ballgarey in the Supertwin race – has been transferred to the UK for further treatment.
The Isle of Man’s Dave Taylor, off at the 27th Milestone, is comfortable, while Gavin Brown from Great Harwood has been discharged from hospital after a spill at the Waterworks.
Greek rider Andreas Psychogyios, who crashed at the 33rd Milestone and was reported to have a shoulder injury, has also been discharged.