Manx Grand Prix: Can Mikey do the double?

By John Watterson   |   Sports Editor   |
Thursday 31st August 2017 7:23 pm
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Santon's Mikey Evans after winning Wednesday's Junior MGP ()

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Only two Manxman have ever secured Senior and Junior Manx Grand Prix doubles, but Mikey Evans is odds-on favourite to achieve such a feat in tomorrow’s four-lap finale to the festival.

The 24-year-old electrician from Santon set a new lap record of 120.619mph on his way to winning Wednesday’s Junior race.

He topped qualifying for the Senior with a lap of 122.188mph last Saturday on his Martin Bullock Manxsport 750cc Suzuki.

Second quickest is fellow Manxman Dean Osborne at 120.358ph from the same session on his own 600 Kawasaki, while yet another local, Jamie Williams, was third quickest at 119.752mph.

Royce Rowe, who crashed heavily in Union Mills on lap two of the Junior, was fourth quickest, but will be a non-starter.

Next was Barry Lee Evans of Wales at 119.295, then the local pair Glenn Harrison and Joe Faragher, followed by Tom Robinson, David Lumsden, Lightweight winner Darren Cooper and a sixth local Brendan Fargher, who came off without injury at Windy Corner in the Junior.

The top 11 all set average speeds in excess of 118mph and the top six qualifiers lapped in less than 19 minutes.

Alan Holmes was the first Manxman to achieve a Senior and Junior MGP double precisely 60 years ago this week in 1957

Brian Venables was the second in 1994. He, like Mikey Evans, was riding for local sponsor Martin Bullock.

Roads close at 9.30am for a 10.15 start.

Full reports in Tuesday’s Isle of Man Examiner.

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