This week the 2018 Isle of Man TT races got underway with near perfect conditions for each night’s session around the 37.73-mile Mountain circuit. Honda Racing’s Ian Hutchinson and Lee Johnston wrapped up tonight’s session seventh and 14th fastest aboard their Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 machines, ahead of tomorrow’s six-lap Superbike race.
The Honda duo first took to Glencrutchery Road on Monday and working on the set-up of the Fireblades all week, the team made a big step forward during tonight’s qualifying session.
A strong night for Hutchinson saw him set the seventh fastest lap of the evening and his fastest lap of the week, posting a time of 17:41.109 (128.006mph).
With a yellow flag speed restriction within the Mountain section of the course, teammate Johnston was unable to improve on his fastest lap set in last night’s session (17:47.559). Johnston finished tonight’s outing 14th fastest with a lap time of 17:51.689 (126.741mph).
The six-lap RST Superbike TT race is due to take place tomorrow (Saturday 2 June) at 12:00 BST. Live timing of the races can be found at ttlive.iomtt.com.