Michael Dunlop starts Monday’s Formula 1 race at the Classic TT on the Isle of Man as the big race favourite after a sensational lap during practice on Saturday.
Dunlop had broken the 120mph barrier on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 in practice last week but set a new benchmark as he upped the ante with a speed of 124.049mph.
The Northern Ireland star won the Classic Superbike race at the Manx Grand Prix last year on the Suzuki and is expected to take all the beating.
The four-lap race, which also includes the Formula 2 and Formula Classic machines, is scheduled for a 2pm start.
Dunlop’s main challengers appear to be Conor Cummins on the second Team Classic Suzuki, who was second fastest in practice at 119.397mph plus Steve Mercer (Yamaha), who lapped at 117.57mph.
Jamie Coward (Kawasaki), who finished third in the 500cc race on Saturday, was fourth fastest overall at 116.546mph followed by Ryan Kneen (Kawasaki) at 115.213mph and Gary Johnson (Yamaha) at 114.529mph.
In the Formula 2 class, Chris Palmer, James Cowton, Philip McGurk, Chris Moore and Roy Richardson, all Yamaha-mounted, are among the main contenders.
Shaun Anderson, seventh fastest overall in practice for the Formula 2 race, rides a Kawasaki.
Bradford’s Dean Harrison topped the Formula Classic leaderboard on the Porter Racing BSA and will fancy his chances of a victory this afternoon.
The 250cc/350cc race will also take place on Monday morning at 10.45am, with Chris Palmer among the favourites after topping the times on the Ripley Land Racing Honda with a speed of 100.962mph.
His challengers include Ballyclare man Jamie Hamilton (Honda) who lapped at 100.534mph and 500cc race winner Olie Linsdell, third fastest overall at 99.985mph.
Alan Oversby (Honda), Nigel Moore (Honda), Roy Richardson (Aermacchi), Cameron Donald (AJS), Conor Cummins (Norton) and William Dunlop (Honda) are also entered in the 350cc class as they stake their claim for a rostrum finish.
Barry Davidson rides in the 250cc class on a Honda.
The Classic TT lap of honour, featuring famous names including Freddie Spencer, Giacomo Agostini, Kork Ballington, Phil Read and Steve Baker, will take place in between today’s races.
Meanwhile, Marc Marquez won a thrilling MotoGP race at Brno in the Czech Republic yesterday to extend his championship lead to 26 points.
His Repsol Honda team-mate, Dani Pedrosa, finished as the runner with Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo claiming the final podium place.
Northern Ireland’s Michael Laverty finished out of the points in 18th place.