TT2014: Practice cancelled following red-flag crash

William Dunlop on the Tyco Suzuki at Rhencullen on Wednesday evening
William Dunlop on the Tyco Suzuki at Rhencullen on Wednesday evening

Wednesday’s Isle of Man TT practice session was cancelled following a red-flag incident involving Belgian rider Laurent Hoffman.

Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson abandoned the session shortly after 7.30pm as a clear-up operation continued at the scene of Hoffman’s crash at the top of the Barregarrow.

With rain also beginning to fall around the Mountain Course, the organisers opted to call it quits for the evening.

Newcomer Hoffman (30), who is riding for the Ice Valley by Motorsave team, was airlifted to Nobles Hospital with suspected leg injuries.

It is the second incident to hit Paul Shoesmith’s team after Frenchman Franck Petricola suffered serious injuries in a crash during practice at the North West 200, although the 30-year-old has since been flown home and is expected to make a full recovery.

A number of damp patches were reported around the circuit before the session began and most of the top contenders completed a single lap prior to Hoffman’s crash, with Michael Dunlop leading the way on his BMW Motorrad Superbike at 128.690mph from Tyco Suzuki riders Guy Martin (128.052mph) and William Dunlop (127.911mph).

British Superbike stalwart Michael Rutter was fourth fastest on the Bathams BMW at 126.719mph with the top six rounded out by Dean Harrison on the RC Express Kawasaki (126.521mph) and Dan Stewart on the Wilcock Consulting Honda (125.845mph).

Ian Hutchinson and Josh Brookes were seventh and eighth respectively on the Milwaukee Yamaha machines at 125.3654mph and 124.279mph, with John McGuinness on the Honda Racing Fireblade ninth quickest with a speed of 122.382mph.

Kiwi Bruce Anstey’s lap on Tuesday at 130.86mph on the Valvoline Padgett’s Honda remains the top time of practice week so far.

Anstey went out on his 600cc machine on Wednesday and was fastest in the class with a lap of 123.127mph, which left him fourth overall on the combined Supersport charts.

Falkirk’s Keith Amor was second fastest on the Rig Deluge Honda at 121.071mph followed by Manx rider Dan Kneen at 120.797mph.

Conor Cummins recorded the top Superstock speed on the RAF Reserves Honda at 126.268mph.


Superbike - 1 M Dunlop 128.690mph; 2 G Martin 128.052mph; 3 W Dunlop 127.911mph; 4 M Rutter 126.719mph; 5 D Harrison 126.521mph; 6 D Stewart 125.845mph.

Supersport - 1 B Anstey 123.127mph; 2 K Amor 121.071mph; 3 D Kneen 120.797mph; 5 D Hegarty 117.420mph; 6 I Pattinson 117.409mph.