Isle of Man TT: Michael Dunlop best in Superbike practice

Michael Dunlop

Michael Dunlop issued a clear statement of intent by setting the fastest practice speed of the week in Saturday's Superbike session.

The Ballymoney man lapped at 130.89mph despite a bird smashing into his windscreen, just ahead of Honda team-mate John McGuinness who set 130.10.

Gary Johnson, Bruce Anstey, Guy Martin and Michael Rutter made up the top six leaderboard.

Martin ended practice week as best Superstock on 128.68.

Dunlop was the fastest Supersport competitor on 125.15 and James Hillier the quickest Supertwin at 115.67.

Practice leaderboard

Superbikes - 1 Michael Dunlop 130.89mph; 2 John McGuinness 130.10; 3 Gary Johnson 129.61; 4 Bruce Anstey 129.14; 5 Guy Martin 128.68; 6 Michael Rutter 128.64.

Superstocks - 1 Guy Martin 127.02; 2 Michael Rutter 125.25; 3 Gary Johnson 124.41; 4 Dean Harrison 123.88; 5 Simon Andrews 123.84; 6 James Hillier 123.53.

Supersports - 1 Michael Dunlop 125.15; 2 John McGuinness 124.18; 3 Bruce Anstey 124.08; 4 William Dunlop 124.00; 5 Guy Martin 123.89; 6 Gary Johnson 123.52.

Supertwins - 1 James Hillier 115.67; 2 Michael Rutter 115.21; 3 Jamie Hamilton 114.06; 4 Michael Dunlop 113.55; 5 Dean Harrison 113.53; 6 Ivan Lintin 113.42.

Race programme

Sunday, 2 June

14:15 BST - Superbike (six laps)

Monday, 3 June

10:45 - Supersport race 1 (four laps)

14:00 - Superstock (four laps)

Wednesday, 5 June

10:45 - TT Zero (one lap)

12:00 - Supersport race 2 (four laps)

14:15 - Sidecar 2 (three laps)

Friday, 7 June

10:15 - Lightweight (three laps)

13:00 - Senior TT (six laps)