2010 North West 200 Tuesday Practice

May 12, 2010
Bart Madson
By Bart Madson
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HM Plant Honda rider Steve Plater set the pace in the Superbike class as Tuesday practice concluded at the North West 200. The Lincolnshire rider took the top position with a 118.45 mph average on the 8.9-mile course run on the public roads of Northern Ireland between Portstewart, Coleraine and Portrush. Following 2.4 seconds adrift of Plater, Honda teammate John McGuinness tallied a 117.416 mph lap for second on the timesheet, the IOM TT legend in turn followed by fellow Honda men Stuart Easton (Swan Honda) and Guy Martin (Wilson Craig Honda).
Steve Plater - Isle of Man Senior TT
Steve Plater (seen here in 2009 Isle of Man form) set the opening Superbike pace in this year’s North West 200.

Conor Cummins was the fastest pilot not on a CBR, riding his McAdoo Kawasaki to fifth-fastest. Right behind Cummins, fellow ZX-10R racer Ryan Farquhar was sixth. Suzuki riders Adrian Archibald (AMA Racing), Alastair Seeley (Relentless TAS) and Cameron Donald (Relentless TAS) round out the top ten around Keith Amor, who squeezed into ninth while campaigning aboard the BMW in the literbike classes.

American Jimmy Moore was 22nd on the timesheet in the Superbike practice aboard an East Coast Racing Yamaha.

North West 200 Superbike Tuesday Practice Times
1. Steve Plater (HM Plant Honda) 4:32.622 118.450 mph
2. John McGuinness (HM Plant Honda) 4:35.023 +2.401 117.416 mph
3. Stuart Easton (Swan Honda) 4:35.775 +3.153 117.095 mph
4. Guy Martin (Wilson Craig Honda) 4:36.521 +3.899 116.780 mph
5. Conor Cummins (McAdoo Kawasaki) 4:37.431 +4.809 116.397 mph
6. Ryan Farquhar (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) 4:38.141 +5.519 116.099 mph
7. Adrian Archibald (AMA Racing) 4:39.018 +6.396 115.734 mph
8. Alastair Seeley (Relentless Suzuki) 4:39.427 +6.805 115.565 mph
9. Keith Amor (BMW – KBMG Racing) 4:39.678 +7.056 115.461 mph
10. Cameron Donald (Relentless Suzuki) 4:40.748 +8.126 115.021 mph
11. Ian Hutchinson (Padgett’s Honda) 4:40.946 +8.324 114.940 mph
12. Guy Martin (Wilson Craig Honda) 4:41.678 +9.056 114.642 mph
13. Gary Johnson (AIM Suzuki) 4:41.822 +9.200 114.583 mph
14. Bruce Anstey (Relentless Suzuki) 4:42.474 +9.852 114.318 mph
15. Ian Lougher (Blackhorse Kawasaki) 4:44.273 +11.651 113.595 mph
22. Jimmy Moore (East Coast Racing Yamaha) 4:51.056 +18.434 110.948

Cameron Donald and Bruce Anstey
The Relentless Suzuki duo of Cameron Donald (left) and Bruce Anstey (right) are strong contenders in this year’s NW 200, with Anstey the fastest in Tuesday’s Supersport practice.

Anstey Sets the Supersport Pace
Multi-time NW200 winner Bruce Anstey was the premier Supersport rider in Tuesday qualifying. The Flying Kiwi lived up to his name as the sole 600 rider to crack the 114 mph-lap barrier. Following Anstey on the timesheet, William Dunlop keeps a familiar name near the top of the timesheets. The son of Robert Dunlop (the winningest rider in NW200 history at 15 victories) and nephew of the legendary Joey Dunlop was second-fastest riding a CD Racing Yamaha. William’s brother Michael was sixth-fastest, with both the Dunlop boys already sporting NW wins in their curricula vitae.

Keith Amor, swapping the BMW for Honda machinery in SS, was third-fastest. Ryan Farquhar bettered his Superbike position with a fourth-fastest time on the KMR Kawasaki with Guy Martin rounding out the top five on the Craig Wilson Honda. As for Moore, the American and one-time Motorcycle-USA test rider managed a 15th-place pace, less than 5 mph off the lap pace of the leader.

North West 200 Superbike Tuesday Practice Times
1. Bruce Anstey (Relentless Suzuki) 4:43.260 114.001 mph
2. William Dunlop (CD Racing Yamaha) 4:43.863 +0.603 113.759 mph
3. Keith Amor (Kojak Racing Honda) 4:44.862 +1.602 113.360 mph
4. Ryan Farquhar (KMR Kawasaki) 4:44.958 +1.698 113.322 mph
5. Guy Martin (Wilson Craig Honda) 4:45.319 +2.059 113.179 mph
6. Michael Dunlop (Street Sweep/Hardship/DGW Yamaha) 4:45.607 +2.347 113.064 mph
7. Ian Hutchinson (Padgett’s Honda) 4:45.668 +2.408 113.040 mph
8. John McGuinness (Padgett’s Honda) 4:46.393 +3.133 112.754 mph
9. Cameron Donald (Relentless Suzuki) 4:47.890 +4.630 112.168 mph
10. Alastair Seeley (Relentless Suzuki)4:48.293 +5.033 112.011 mph
11. Ian Lougher (Blackhorse Kawasaki) 4:51.551 +8.291 110.759 mph
12. Olie Linsdell (Team Flitwick Yamaha) 4:51.587 +8.327 110.746 mph
13. Conor Cummins (McAdoo Kawasaki) 4:52.227 +8.967 110.503 mph
14. Adrian Archibald (AMA Racing Yamaha) 4:52.526 +9.266 110.390 mph
15. Jimmy Moore (East Coast Racing Yamaha) 4:55.476 +12.216 109.288 mph

Dunlop Up Front in 125 Class
Aside from his impressive Supersport practice time, William Dunlop set the pace in the McKendry Fabrications 125 practice. Dunlop’s 96.739 mph lap was more than 1 mph better than the runner-up on the timesheet, Chris Palmer.

North West 200 125cc Tuesday Practice Times
1. William Dunlop (James Delaney Honda) 5:33.806 96.739 mph
2. Chris Palmer (Mannin Collections Honda) 5:38.797 +4.991 95.314 mph
3. Renzo van der Donckt (Honda) 5:42.277 +8.471 94.345 mph
4. Sam Dunlop (Honda) 5:42.544 +8.738 94.271 mph
5. Jon Vincent (Honda – JVR 5:43.982 +10.176 93.877 mph
6. Nigel Moore (Honda 5:45.919 +12.113 93.351 6 6 5
7. Stephan Savelkouls (Team Kockengen Honda) 5:47.867 +14.061 92.829 mph
8. Phil Harvey (Honda) 5:51.137 +17.331 91.964 mph
9. Philip Wakefield (PWR / Sandbach Scrap Metal Honda) 5:52.863 +19.057 91.514 mph
10. Graham Wilson (Honda) 5:54.177 +20.371 91.175 mph

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