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Silvester Wins Junior MGP 1 September 2004

Dean Silvester (CSC Yamaha) from Stanstead today won the four-lap Tower Insurance Junior Manx Grand Prix after leader Tom Clucas crashed at Ballaugh on the last lap having broken the MGP 120mph lap barrier from a standing start!

With so many riders capable of winning, and the 600cc four-cylinder machines so equal in performance, a close race was never in doubt. The early lead was jointly taken by Clucas (Honda) from Peel and Davy Morgan from Saintfield (Yamaha), who were inseperable nine miles out at Glen Helen.

At Ramsey, Clucas had pulled out an eight-second advantage over Morgan, with Dean Silvester (Yamaha) from Stanstead third.

Clucas set a staggering pace over the Mountain and clocked 18 minutes 49.2 seconds, an average speed of 120.28mph and blowing the outright lap record sky high. He led Morgan by 11.2 seconds, with the Irishman also breaking the previous Junior lap record. Third was Ian Pattinson (Honda) a further 2.4 seconds down, with Silvester fourth, Alan Jackson (Honda) fifth and Seamus Greene (Honda) sixth.

Pattinson went out at Kirk Michael on lap two, putting Silvester back into third, and allowing Kenneth McCrae (Yamaha) onto the leaderboard.

At Glen Helen Clucas's advantage was up to 14 seconds, and at Ramsey 18 seconds! As he slowed for refuelling, Clucas's second lap was slightly slower at 120.27mph, Second place was taken by Silvester, with the difference between first and second 19 seconds. Morgan was deposed to third as the frenetic pace continued. At Glen Helen, Clucas was 21 seconds clear of Silvester, with Morgan a further seven seconds in arrears.

Three laps done and Clucas led Silvester by 20 seconds, with the two very near in their lap speeds - 115.06 and 114.98mph respectively. Morgan, Greene, Alan Jackson and McCrae were the other occupants of the top six, Greene in particular making great strides from sixth to fourth. John Burrows, Liam Quinn, Paul Corrin and Andy Jackson were next.

Clucas's heart was no doubt in his mouth as he set out on the last lap, having encountered trouble at a similar point when leading last year. And fate again played her most cruel hand for the third time (also having retired in last year's Senior). With only 20 miles to go, Clucas crashed at Ballaugh Bridge, leaving Silvester ten seconds ahead of Morgan, who were riding together on the road but with the corrected starting interval enjoyed by Silvester.

Silvester ran home to win by 13.6 seconds from Morgan, averaging 118.13mph with Greene third, a further 24 seconds back. Fourth was McCrae, John Burrows and Liam Quinn the next three. Paul Corrin finished seventh, Alan Jackson eighth, Gavin Bell ninth and tenth Andy Jackson. The first three home all beat the Junior race record.

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