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Final MGP practice report

It was dry, sunny and very windy on the Mountain for Saturday evening's final practice session of the 2009 Manx Grand Prix.

Clerk of the course, Phil Taubman, requested riders to ride within their capabilities and to concentrate on getting qualifying laps in rather than speed.

The Classic, Post Classic, Ultra Lightweight and Newcomers were first out and Brian Purdy was first through the Sulby speed trap at 137.50mph, whilst back on Glencrutchery Road riders were still being flagged away.

First to complete a lap was Dave Moffitt with a lap of 100.233mph, closely followed by Purdy who was fractionally slower at 99.867mph.

Most riders were content on completing one lap, although the hardy few went for a second lap, despite the overcast skies and darkening cloud cover.

As the Senior, Junior, Lightweight and Newcomers A were preparing for the off, a shower of rain delayed proceedings.

Ryan Kneen was eventually first to complete a lap on his Junior machine at 98.947mph, followed by fellow Junior competitor Noel Patterson.

Racing is due to start tomorrow (Monday) morning.

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