After a thrilling start to race week, today’s action has a lot to live up to. Wednesday’s lineup will offer nine laps of racing across the Supersport, Lightweight, and TT Zero classes.
The trio of Michael Dunlop, Peter Hickman, and Dean Harrison have dominated the week so far, and it’s almost certain that they will once again be the men to beat in the Superport class.
But in the Lightweight class, the likes of Ivan Lintin and a host of others will feel they can contend.
Lintin, a two time TT winner, has been outpaced by Dunlop in qualifying for the Lightweight class, but over the course of four laps he’ll feel ready to contend with the Northern Irishman.
Dunlop’s qualifying effort was a new class record, and given that he has spent very little time on the Paton, it will be interesting to see how he adapts throughout the race.
The likes of Derek McGee and James Cowton will also be confident of contending for the podium, but with Hickman and Michael Rutter having kept their cards close to their chest in qualifying, it will be a tough race to squeeze into the top three.
The same can be said for the Supersport class. Dunlop claimed the first race by over ten seconds from Harrison, and looked to have even more time in hand throughout the race with Harrison, Hickey, and James Hiller all finishing within three seconds of each other.
In Race 1, Dunlop led from the start and controlled proceedings, but now the question will be if the rest of the field can put the Honda rider under pressure.
The fight for the rostrum should be enthralling, but with Dunlop having broken the Supersport lap record, he’ll certainly feel confident of taking an 18th TT victory today.
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