An unavoidable delay to a Steam Packet Company sailing has led to tonight's practice session being abandoned due to a lack of marshals.
Roads closed on time for the first untimed practices of the 2014 Manx Grand Prix but the Clerk of the Course, Phil Taubman, announced shortly afterwards that the delay to the sailing meant there were too few marshals on island for the practice to go ahead.
The newcomers speed controlled lap did get underway guided by experienced mountain course competitors, including Rider Liaison Officer Nick Jefferies.
TT and Classic TT rider John McGuinness summed up the feelings on social media site twitter: 'Good to see the newcomer away on there speed control lap, there is loads of them !!!! Disappointed [not] to get out :-('
The next practice session takes place on Monday from 18.20.
Photo shows 2012 MGP practice and is used for illustrative purposes only. Copyright Dave Kneen