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TT Practice News (Evening Monday 26 May 2003) 26 May 2003

Conditions were fair for the third practice which was slightly delayed by another errant car parked on the course. Fifteen minutes later than scheduled, Adrian Archibald and Martin Finnegan led the field away.

Low cloud was threatening the Mountain Road, but early arrivals back reported the roads were still dry. A rapidly falling temperature hinted at difficulties to come. Showers just held off.

David Jefferies' TAS team had no 600 Suzukis available after his blow up at Greeba earlier in the day. But his 1000 Production was very firmly planted at the front of the grid for the second part of the session. Archibald really got cracking and did 118mph on his 600 Production bike. Even so, Adrian felt it was not pulling as hard as it might in fifth up the Mountain and it was decided to revert to the one-tooth lower gearing previously employed.

Last year's 125 winner Ian Lougher elected to gallop his 125 Honda, but the rider who closely challenged him last year had to look disconsolately on. James Crumpton has recently had a blood clot removed from his brain and has yet to receive medical clearance to resume racing.

Just in from Holland was Brono Bonhuil, stopping after one lap to alter the handlebars of the Martin Bullock 600 Suzuki similar to that which Mick Skene won the Manx Grand Prix on last year. Bruno and riding partner Igor Jermann had won the 300km endurance race on the short circuit at Assen the day before, riding a 1000 GSXR Suzuki.

Richard Britton from Enniskillen and Richard Quayle from Douglas both called for rear suspension adjustment. In Britton's case radical solutions were needed and he handed the 600 ZX6RR over to the spanner-wielders. Father-to-be Quayle was content to settle for a twist or two of the rear shock compression adjuster. Any suspension at all was no doubt welcome after his Manx Norton ride to victory in last year's Manx Grand Prix.

Bud Jackson from Kendal's euphoria at winning the Classic Superbike race at Billown was soon curtailed when he hit brake hose problems at scrutineering. Apparently an extra link was required.

Japan's Jun Maeda appeared content, though he has two bikes this year -- 600 and 954cc Hondas. His Benjamin Racing team looked very smart in matching white livery.

Sidecar practising for TT Supporters' Club chairman Roy Hanks took something of a back seat until he reached the Island. News that daughter Julie had produced twin girls (to be named Jamie Rose and Bobby Marie) gave Roy a chance to celebrate even before trying to add to his 1998 Sidecar TT win. "I once had twins myself," quipped Roy. "BSA twins!"

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