World Supersport addition Martin Jessopp pulverised the top acceleration almanac at the Relentless International North West 200 with a astounding 208mph bang through the timing beam, but it was Ulster hero Alastair Seeley who set the clip in the aperture Superbike condoning session.
Jessopp, who is aback on the Riders Ducati he acclimated at the North West 200 aftermost year and rode in the British Superbike Championship above-mentioned to his about-face to World Supersport, absurd Scotsman Stuart Easton’s antecedent best acceleration of 204mph set on the Swan Honda Fireblade in 2010.
However, he had to achieve for the fifth fastest time overall, with Tyco Suzuki’s Seeley active up to his favourite tag by accepting conditional pole in the aperture convenance affair on his BSB-spec GSX-R1000.
Seeley’s best lap of 120.68mph for the 8.9-mile ambit on Northern Ireland’s North Coast put him advanced of Honda TT Legends ace John McGuinness (119.23mph), with over three abnormal amid the pair.
William Dunlop was third quickest on Wilson Craig’s Honda (118.43mph) as two Ulster riders abounding the top three positions, with Guy Martin abutting at 117.91mph and record-breaker Jessopp fifth (117.61mph).
Swan Yamaha’s Ian Hutchinson was an absurd sixth fastest on his alley antagonism return, lapping at 117.56mph and additionally managing a top acceleration of 202.5mph on the YZF-R1.
Michael Dunlop on the Hunts Motorcycles/McAdoo Honda angled out the arch seven with an boilerplate acceleration of 117.54mph.
Jessopp, who lit up the aboriginal convenance affair with that astounding 208mph top acceleration on the run bottomward the continued beeline from the berserk fast Station Corner to University, may accept been aided by a appendage wind, but nonetheless his name has gone into the North West 200 history books.
“It was a bit of an account travelling at that speed,” Jessopp said. “It acquainted like my accoutrements were activity to appear out of my amateur but I anticipate I could’ve gone alike faster.
“I was out on my own back I did it and if I’d accept a slipstream from addition it could accept been faster.
“It’s nice to accept the fastest acceleration but that’s not what we’re actuality for and we’re not on the advanced row yet, so we’ve still got assignment to do,” added Jessopp, who is aggressive on the Riders PTR Honda in the World Supersport chic this year.
A slight adjournment due to a petrol discharge on the ambit was alone a accessory setback as the organisers ran all convenance sessions calmly afore the blast opened in the afternoon.
Final condoning is due to booty abode on Thursday, with the aboriginal contest – the Supertwin and aperture Superstock chase – demography abode afterwards daytime convenance on Thursday.
The capital accident on Saturday appearance bristles races, including two Superbike and Supersport contest additional the additional Superstock race.
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