Dudgeon and Evans impress in Tuesday qualifying

Michael Evans - Credit: Dave Kneen

Isle of Man riders Andrew Dudgeon and newcomer Michael Evans both put in impressive performances in the second qualifying session for the 2016 Manx Grand Prix powered by IMGold.

Ramsey resident Dudgeon posted the fastest time of the evening – 116.906 (19:21.860) on the GSX-R Suzuki that he will ride in the Junior and Senior MGP Races next Wednesday and Friday.

Fellow Manx rider Michael Evans topped the MGP Newcomers A leaderboard with 110.059 (20:34.253) although on a good night for local riders Brendan Fargher was only ten seconds slower with 109.127 (20:44.677) and the pair look set for a battle royale in Monday’s Newcomers A Race.

A revision to the schedule for Tuesday’s qualifying session for the 2016 Manx Grand Prix Powered by IMGold saw the Junior and Senior competitors out first on the track alongside the Classic TT competitors.

Conditions for the second qualifying were clearly testing with Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson reporting damp patches particularly under the trees around the course although the low mist reported on the Mountain earlier in the day had lifted.

Dudgeon’s opening lap proved to be the fastest of the session although Andrew Farrell went close on his second lap with 116.290 (19:28.007) while Tom Weedon also improved his time on his second lap with 116.028 (19:30.650) to complete the top three in the MGP Junior class.

Andrew Dudgeon - Credit: Dave Kneen

Dudgeon and Weeden’s linked times were the top two on the Senior board with Wigan rider Jamie Hodson’s second lap of 114.548 (19:45.778) on the JGH Racing Yamaha completing the top three in the Senior session.

Australian Paul Van Der Heiden was clearly coming to terms with the Mountain Course with the Adelaide based rider posting 100.940 (22:25.630) which was the fastest Newcomer B lap.  Van Der Heiden’s time was particularly credible given that the newcomers experienced probably the most challenging conditions of the session.

Dan Sayle continues to dominate the Lightweight/SuperTwin class and his time of 104.385 (21:41.219) was almost 45 seconds ahead of second placed Dave Taylor (100.925) who was the only other rider over 100mph in the class on the night.

Alan Cunningham and Gavin Brown were reported to have been involved in an accicent at the 32nd Milestone. Brown was unhurt but Cunningham was taken by airmed to Nobles Hospital with suspected chest injuries.

Photo credits: Dave Kneen

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