Wednesday’s Supersport TT Red Flagged

June 8, 2011
Bart Madson
By Bart Madson
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Keith Amor - 2011 Isle of Man TT
The red flag stopped Wednesday’s four-lap Monster Energy Supersport Race 2 but not before Keith Amor crashed at Union Mills.

Poor weather marred the TT racing action Wednesday at the Isle of Man. Officials red flagged the second Supersport race after two laps, with the Sidecar and TT Zero races also called off thanks to rain. The Supersport 2 TT has been rescheduled for Thursday, the Sidecar 2 and TT Zero race times yet to be determined.

The four-lap Supersport race got underway after morning delay owing to intermittent showers. The Dunlop brothers, Michael and William, were leading when officials pulled the plug on Lap 2. The red flag didn’t come soon enough for some riders, however, with Keith Amor crashing out of the race at Union Mills on the second lap. Amor reputedly crashed when the rear of his Honda CBR600RR skipped out on a patch of damp pavement.

Said the Scottish rider on his Twitter feed: “Don’t think I will be racing at the TT in dodgy conditions again, had a mega lucky escape today when I crashed at Union Mills due to weather.”

Amor escaped his close call without serious injury. The IOM TT press office reports ankle injuries to a second rider, Mark Parrett, who crashed in the shortened race. The first Supersport TT of 2011, run on Monday, was also red flagged following an accident that claimed the life of competitor Derek Brien.

Ian Hutchinson made history at the 2010 Isle of Man  taking a clean sweep of the solo races and a perfect five-for-five week.Ian Hutchinson waving to fans on the parade lap - 2011 Isle of Man TT
Ian Hutchinson made history at the TT in 2010 (top) when he took an unprecedented five solo victories. The injured English rider returned in 2011 (bottom) for a parade lap.

Other riders found the Wednesday conditions threatening, like Honda man and Superbike TT podium finisher Gary Johnson, who pulled into the pits after the first lap of the Supersport race. Amor and fellow TT regulars like Bruce Anstey, Guy Martin and 16-times TT winner John McGuinness are all reported to have expressed trepidation about the race being allowed to start in the first place. Rain showers can wreak havoc on the TT racing plans, as different portions of the near 38-mile circuit may be alternately dry or wet.

While there were troubles in the afternoon, a batch of world champions and TT winners event did complete their planned festivities on Wednesday. The Arai Parade Lap saw former Grand Prix world champs Mick Doohan and Nicky Hayden both turn the mountain course. Hayden’s fellow MotoGP comrade Cal Crutchlow also lapped the TT circuit. Fans were treated by a parade lap from Ian Hutchinson as well, who returned to the legendary circuit where he made history – winning an unprecedented five TT in 2010. Hutchinson is not competing in the 2011 TT, the Englishman still recovering from a severe leg injury sustained last year in British Superbike.

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