Michael Dunlop upped the ante further during practice for the inaugural Classic TT races on Wednesday night as Manx rider Conor Cummins emerged as the Ulsterman’s main threat ahead of Monday’s Formula 1 race.
Dunlop made his intentions clear during the first timed session on Tuesday on the Isle of Man with a lap at 120mph, but on Wednesday the seven-time TT winner blitzed his initial benchmark with a sensational speed of 122.837mph on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69.
Cummins, buoyed by his podium results at the Ulster Grand Prix, was Dunlop’s closest rival as the Ramsey rider clocked 119.396mph on his flying lap around the 37.73-mile Mountain Course on the second of the Team Classic Suzuki machines.
Practice was delayed slightly as a number of vehicles were moved around the circuit, eventually getting underway around 6.40pm.
The majority of the Classic TT riders ventured onto the course in the later session around 7.05pm.
In the Bennetts 500cc class Olie Linsdell consolidated his position as one of the pre-race favourites with a lap of 109.438mph on the Giovanni Cabassi Paton.
Ian Lougher on the Flitwick Motorcycles Royal Enfield Seeley posted a speed of 106.484mph, while William Dunlop on the Davies Motorsport Honda showed his pace by lapping at 116.114mph from the Grandstand to Ramsey before slackening off on the run down the Mountain, setting a speed of 101.831mph.
Michael Dunlop was seventh fastest on the Molnar Manx Norton at 103.138mph.
John McGuinness missed the session due to a problem with Roger Winfield’s Paton, although fellow TT star Bruce Anstey lapped at 107.277mph (McIntosh Racing Norton).
Chris Palmer (100.962mph) on the Ripley Land Racing Honda was the only rider over 100mph in the Okells 350cc class, ahead of Ballyclare’s Jamie Hamilton (98.868mph).
In the Junior Manx Grand Prix class, Michael Sweeney again topped the times on his Yamaha R6 at 117.337mph with Stephen McKnight third quickest (115.998mph).