Farquhar puts disappointment of 350cc Classic race behind him to take win in 500cc Classic at Manx Grand Prix
Island resident Madsen-Mygdal tastes the champagne in the Formula Classic Race
RYAN Farquhar added to his nine MGP titles with a win in the opening race of today’s Manx Grand Prix, the 500cc Classic Grand Prix, when he powered his Paton to first place.
Riders were advised of the threat of isolated showers throughout the day and to look out for damp patches around the course ahead of Wednesday’s third race day of the 2012 festival.
The race day started shortly after the scheduled start time at around 10.20am, with the concurrent 500cc Classic Grand Prix and Formula Classic. Alan Oversby on a Matchless was the first rider away from the startline but it was pre-race favourite Ryan Farquhar, on the Paton, second on the grid on Glencrutchery Road, who quickly took control of the race, putting the frustrations of Tuesday’s gearbox problems in the 350cc Classic race behind him.
Farquhar had established a lead of almost 20 seconds ahead of Olie Linsdell by the first timing point at Glen Helen on the opening lap of the race, with Chris Palmer on the Matchless a further second back in third.
Palmer moved past Linsdell by Ballaugh but at the front of the field the Northern Irishman was imperious and by the end of the first lap had built a commanding lead with an opening lap of 21:21.25 (106.012mph), with Linsdell, who clocked 22:39.61 on the Royal Enfield moving ahead of Palmer. The latter’s opening lap was timed at 22:41.58, which kept him in the final podium position a couple of seconds behind Linsdell.
Farquhar pulled into the pits on the opening lap with a lead of a minute and 12 seconds and returned to consolidate his lead with an estimated lead of 41 seconds from Linsdell after exiting the pits, which he had increased to 44 seconds by Glen Helen on the second lap. Meanwhile Roy Richardson retired at the Hawthorne on his second lap when running in sixth place on the Aermacchi and Alan Oversby stopped at Ballaugh Bridge, also on the second lap.
That remained the top three at the end of the second lap but with Linsdell reported as retiring on the Mountain Box on the third lap, Palmer moved up into second place with Chris Swallow coming into the top three, following his podium in the 350cc Classic yesterday.
Farquhar backed off on the final lap to get his Paton home and duly took the honours with a final lap of 22:09.06 and an overall race time of 1:27.10.91 – 102.198mph. However, there was excitement on the last lap with Palmer pushing in from Governor’s Dip under an escort from the marshals after running out of fuel. Swallow was duly able to take the runners up place with 1:32.18.17 (98.103mph) Palmer (1:32.48.37 - 97.571mph) coming home in the final podium position.
In the Formula Classic race that ran concurrently island resident Dave Madsen-Mygdal claimed his first victory around the Mountain Course despite having racked up some of the most MGP and TT starts and finishes.
Madsen-Mydal was first to Glen Helen on his Triumph with Mark Parrett on a BSA second and Alec Whitwell riding a Honda in third.
Madsen-Mygdal posted an opening lap of 23:05.39 (98.043) to lead by 20 seconds from Parrett (23:25.36-96.650mph) with Alec Whitwell a further 30 seconds back (23:57.32-94.501mph) in third and Barry Davidson on the BSA in fourth.
Davie Morgan, who was running fifth, quit in the pits and Adam Ward, in sixth, also had problems but was able to rejoin the race after a lengthy pit stop which allowed Geoff Bates, on a Honda, to move ahead of Ward.
That remained the top three on the last lap but with Whitwell reported as off at Ramsey and taken by Airmed to Noble’s for a check up, Ward moved up into third. Madsen-Mygdal took the race victory with 1:31.21.84 – (99.111mph) – from Parrett who clocked 1:32.37.04, while Ward, with an overall race time of 1:49.51.32, duly held the final podium position with Bates finishing fourth.
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Weather for Isle of Man
Monday 20 May 2013
Temperature: 8 C to 14 C
Wind Speed: 23 mph
Wind direction: North west
Temperature: 8 C to 13 C
Wind Speed: 22 mph
Wind direction: North west