Cookstown 100: Derek Sheils on pole from Michael Dunlop

Michael Dunlop on his Milwaukee Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike during practice for the Cookstown 100
Michael Dunlop on his Milwaukee Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike during practice for the Cookstown 100
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Dublin’s Derek Sheils will start Saturday’s Superbike races at the KDM Hire Cookstown 100 on pole as he bids for a repeat of his 2014 double in Co Tyrone.

The BikeBitsNI Kawasaki rider, who won the first Superbike race last year after taking the honours in the opening Supersport 600 event held on the Friday evening following practice, edged out Michael Dunlop, who was in action on the roads for first time on his all-new Milwaukee Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike.

Dunlop, who tested the machine at Oulton Park during the week, finished ahead of new Wilson Craig signing Derek McGee on the time-sheets with Skerries man Michael Sweeney - who came off at McAdoo Bends but escaped with bruising - in fourth.

Lincolnshire’s Guy Martin was fifth fastest on the Tyco BMW from Ballyclare’s Jamie Hamilton on John Burrows’ Cookstown/B.E. Racing Suzuki.

Alan Bonner was seventh on the Peoplesbike.com Kawasaki from Mar-Train Yamaha’s Dean Harrison, with the top ten completed by Stephen Thompson (Penz13.com BMW) and William Dunlop on the second of the Tyco BMW machines.

Dunlop took pole for the Supersport class on the Chris Dowd/Ivan Curran Yamaha R6 from McGee and Hamilton, with Michael Dunlop fourth on his MD Racing Yamaha and Harrison fifth.

James Cowton headed the Supertwin times from Hamilton, Andy Farrell, Michael Dunlop, Sweeney and McGee.

Sam Wilson put the Joey’s Bar Honda on pole in the 125/Moto3 class from Nigel Moore and Paul Jordan.

All practice sessions were successfully completed, although four races were cancelled - including the non-championship Supersport race - due to rain later in the evening.

Roads close on Saturday morning at 10am sharp for a packed programme.