Stage set for Manx Grand Prix finale

Skerries rider Andy Farrell
Skerries rider Andy Farrell

The IMGold Manx Grand Prix concludes today with the feature Full Factory Menswear Senior race on the Isle of Man.

An amended schedule was confirmed yesterday, with the Senior race scheduled for a 1pm start – 15 minutes earlier than originally planned with the organisers fearful low cloud forecast later in the day could affect the race.

The Supertwin/Lightweight event will still go ahead at 10.15am as planned with roads around the Mountain Course set to close at 9.30am.

Malachi Mitchell-Thomas, who posted a 120mph lap as he set a new lap record in the Junior race on Wednesday to close to within 1.8 seconds of Manxman Billy Redmayne at the finish, headed the qualifying leaderboard on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki (120.537mph) and will be eager to make amends this afternoon.

Redmayne will be gunning for a sensational double and clocked 119.807mph in practice on the Martin Bullock Manxsport Honda to underline his credentials on the Mountain Course.

Kiwi Michael Moulai was third fastest overall (119.350mph) but slid off in the Junior race and may be a doubt, although he was reported as being taken to Nobles for only a precautionary check-up following the incident on Wednesday.

Wigan’s Rob Hodson, third in the Junior race, is also a key contender on the PRF Racing Suzuki.

The quartet appear to be a cut above the rest, with Skerries man Andy Farrell – 11th in qualifying on his Yamaha R6 – set to lead the Irish challenge after lapping at 115.796mph.

Farrell will be hoping to challenge for the podium in the Supertwin-Lightweight race on the Kawasaki ER6 after setting the fifth fastest time in practice with a speed of 110.077mph.

Fellow Skerries man David Lumsden was 10th fastest (107.993mph) with David Bell setting the pace after a lap of 113.419mph to set the benchmark ahead of Wigan’s Rob Hodson (112.513mph).