60 With Hicky: IOM TT
Poor Peter is being refused quite a lot of things lately.
First, he was rudely expunged from the Supersport races at the North West 200, which denied fans the first chance to see this year’s Trooper Triumph in action, and now he’s been well and truly repudiated by FlyBe from his flight to the Isle of Man TT.
Their loss is our gain, as we got to have a quick chat with him re the legendary road race and decided what better time to post it than right now? Giving Pete something to read as he waits for his next flight!
Peter, what has happened?
Well, I was waiting for Peter C to come through security as he was held up by some people who aren’t aware of the liquid on a flight rule. The rest of our group jumped on the plane and when we got to the gate, 30 seconds late, we were refused entry. It was a bit annoying because we went off to book onto a later flight and when we got back the plane was still sitting on the tarmac after a twenty five minute delay! That’s just the way it goes sometimes.
This is your 5th year at the IOM TT. You still hold the record for fastest ever newcomer and are the 4th fastest rider ever. Do you have a favourite part of the circuit? And if so, what is it?
As you can imagine I get asked this a lot. I have one answer. Without a doubt, my favourite part of the IOM TT begins at the Start line and ends at the finish line. Every meter of it is my favourite. It’s mega.
So what is the scariest part?
There is a corner at the bottom of Barregarrow. It’s one of the few corners on the track you can actually see coming, and you have time to think about. It’s intense as you go round it, you are in 5th gear. It’s high speed. The bike rattles and shakes and you are never really sure what it is going to do. The bike comes off the floor, and it’s really bumpy on the exit, so quite often you will get thrown into a tank slapper. Not what you want. The only thing that is predictable about that corner is that it’s unpredictable.
How long do you get to think about it?
A whole two seconds. But in TT time, that is a long time.
When you aren’t racing or doing interviews, what do you do?
There isn’t loads of free time during the TT fortnight. There is always something to do. But wherever I can, I like to chill. I enjoy taking riders for laps of the circuit to help them learn it, and I also love to take sponsors round in a car too.
What is your proudest moment at the IOM TT?
Without a doubt, it was last year. Getting five podiums in race week. It was mega to see Smiths Racing get the credit they deserved for all the hard work, dedication and time they put into the whole year. There is a massive team that you don’t get to see and many who can’t make it to the race fortnight. Every one of them is responsible for our successes.
Now, I’m not sure if this is an actual fact, but someone did say to me that I am the only rider, apart from Hutchy’s incredible five wins in a race week, to do five podiums. I would love to know if that’s true. But yeah, last year. Proudest moment for sure.
What is your favourite bike to ride? Superbike, Superstock, Supersport or Supertwin?
I’m pretty lucky because I love all the bikes I ride. The Trooper Triumph is epic, and Ryan Farquhar has got an awesome twin for me so I can’t wait to get out on that. However, there is a favourite.
Beryl. Because she is absolutely crazy. Unpredictable, twitchy, hard to keep hold of. She’s insane.
So that’s a win for the superbike then?
Yes. There is absolutely nothing that compares to the feeling you get when you ride the superbike. It’s just silly. But when everything is right on the bike and Smiths BMW have given me the perfect set up, you can ride to the absolute limit. I can’t imagine there is much better.
So that’s it for a quick chat with Peter. We’ll leave him to the long wait at Manchester airport and hope he manages to arrive on the Isle of Man at some point later this afternoon!
In pretty good conditions all round, albeit by all accounts a touch windy, the opening Supersport practice session of TT 2018 saw a selection of the world’s best road racers set a hot pace.
Silicone Engineering Racing’s Dean Harrison carrying on his great form from the North West 200, surged to the top of the time sheets, lapping at 125.797 mph.
Photo by Nick Wheeler
Second quickest behind Harrison by under half a second was Michael Dunlop (125.741), who looked in decent fettle aboard his own teams PTR prepared CBR 600RR Honda.
Early pace setter Conor Cummins (125.152) leading the three strong Padgetts challenge finished third quickest whilst fellow Manxman Dan Kneen (124.703) and Peter Hickman (124.313) fourth and fifth fastest respectively, also showed accomplished pace.
Lee Johnston (123.245), James Hillier (122.967), William Dunlop (122.755), McAMS Yamaha’s Josh Brookes (122.109) and Dafabet Devitt Racing’s Ivan Lintin (121.918) concluded the ten fastest racers in what was without doubt one of the most entertaining and high quality, opening Supersport TT practice sessions of modern times.
Photo by Mark Corlett
It all bodes well for the Monster Energy Supersport races in early June which by the looks of this evening’s action is certain to be fiercely contested in the battle to become the middleweight class champ, on the fabled Mountain Course.
Supersport TT Practice Lap Speeds:
1 Dean Harrison 125.797
2 Michael Dunlop 125.741
3 Conor Cummins 125.152
4 Dan Kneen 124.703
5 Peter Hickman 124.447
6 Lee Johnston 123.245
7 James Hillier 122.967
8 William Dunlop 122.755
9 Josh Brookes 122.109
10 Ivan Lintin 121.918
11 James Cowton 121.847
12 Derek McGee 121.611
13 Sam West 121.601
14 Daley Mathison 121.352
15 Ian Hutchinson 121.327
16 Dominic Herbertson 121.139
17 Martin Jessopp 120.309
18 Michael Sweeney 119.960
19 Shaun Anderson 119.800
20 Andy Dudgeon 119.642
21 Adam McLean 119.436
22 Phil Crowe 119.019
23 Craig Neve 118.787
24 Kamil Holan 117.802
25 Julian Trummer 117.750
26 Michael Evans 117.653
27 Darren Cooper 117.387
28 Joe Thompson 117.041
29 Matt Rees 117.034
30 Barry Evans 116.751
It’s fair to say no one expected this during the first practice session of TT 2018, an unofficial Lightweight class lap record from Michael Dunlop, lapping at 120.875 mph!, on the factory SC Project Paton.
Dunlop’s astonishing lap speed set on only his third lap of timed practice on the proven Paton mount, was almost matched by long time session pace setter Ivan Lintin, who’s lap speed of 120.660 mph was just over one second outside of his own official lap record.
Photo by Mark Corlett
Outside of Dunlop and Lintin’s eye catching lap speeds, KMR Kawasaki duo Derek McGee (117.571) and Peter Hickman (117.508) plus Italian TT hero Stefano Bonetti (117.119) and new KMR signing David Johnson (117.029) were all closely matched in finishing respectively third, fourth, fifth and sixth quickest.
Photo by Jim Gibson
Lightweight class returnee Ian Lougher (116.545) reminded everyone of his deft touch around the Mountain Course, by finishing a perhaps surprising to some seventh quickest in front of reigning Lightweight TT champion Michael Rutter (116.201).
Frohburg lap record holder Danny Webb (116.104) and Dan Cooper (115.024) rounded out tonight’s ten quickest qualifiers, others to impress included Michael Sweeney (114.523), Austria’s Julian Trummer (112.596) and Optimark Road Racing’s Xavier Denis (112.254).
Lightweight TT Practice Lap Speeds:
1 Michael Dunlop 120.875
2 Ivan Lintin 120.660
3 Derek McGee 117.571
4 Peter Hickman 117.508
5 Stefano Bonetti 117.119
6 David Johnson 117.029
7 Ian Lougher 116.545
8 Michael Rutter 116.201
9 Danny Webb 116.104
10 Dan Cooper 115.024
11 Rob Hodson 114.71
12 Michael Sweeney 114.52
13 John Barton 113.05
14 Barry Furber 112.64
15 Julian Trummer 112.60
16 Jamie Coward 112.27
17 Xavier Denis 112.25
18 Darren Cooper 111.49
19 Timothee Monot 111.35
20 Dave Moffitt 111.29
21 Adam McLean 111.21
22 Michael Evans 110.99
23 Richard Charlton 110.71
24 Jonathan Perry 110.68
25 Jamie Williams 110.23
26 Barry Evans 109.89
27 Marc Ironside 109.68
28 Andy Dudgeon 109.55
29 Maria Costello MBE 109.00
30 Pete Murray 108.66
You can only imagine what it must have felt like for the Mountain Course debutants this evening, from solo, Sidecar backgrounds after completing their first competitive lap of the Mountain Course.
A huge achievement for any racer of any ilk worldwide, out of tonight’s TT first timers it was Scotsman Adam Lyon (116.45) on his own teams YZF R6 Yamaha, who finished quickest solo newcomer.
Cookstown BE Racing’s Davey Todd lapping just a shade over the 116 mph mark, like fellow TT debutant Lyon impressed many with his application, pace and racing maturity.
Photo by Nick Wheeler
Third of the solo TT newcomers David ‘Action’ Jackson, will have to take in another speed controlled lap of the Mountain Course on Monday evening, having failed to complete his speed controlled lap tonight, having broke down at Ballig Bridge.
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It really is a stunning day on the Isle of Man - and conditions are looking perfect for this evening's practice session. The Mountain Road will close from Barrule Park in Ramsey at 4.45pm and the Bungalow from 5pm, with the rest of the course closing at 6pm #iomtt
DEAN HARRISON SMASHES 17 MINUTE BARRIER IN QUALIFYING
Dean Harrison set the 2018 Isle of Man TT Races, fuelled by Monster Energy, alight on Tuesday evening with a stunning lap of 133.462mph, which unofficially broke the Superbike lap record and also saw him become the second rider to lap the Mountain Course in less than 17 minutes.
The Silicone Engineering Kawasaki rider laid down a marker from the outset with an opening lap of 133.140mph, the fastest ever standing start lap – albeit unofficially – before increasing his pace second time around. The Bradford rider’s quickest lap prior to tonight was 132.019mph, set in last year’s PokerStars Senior TT race.
With the sun continuing to shine on the island, conditions were again excellent all around the Mountain Course and after a slight delay due to oil being cleared at Ballig Bridge, the session got underway at 6.23pm.
Michael Dunlop (Tyco BMW) and James Hillier (Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki) led the field away on their Superbikes followed by Dan Kneen (Tyco BMW), Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW), Ian Hutchinson (Honda Racing) and Gary Johnson (RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki), and Harrison and Michael Rutter (Bathams Racing BMW). Johnson was soon out though, his bad luck continuing as he pulled off at St Ninians and returned to the paddock.
It soon became clear that Harrison was setting a fierce pace throughout the 37.73-mile lap and although Dunlop and Hickman were first to cross the line at 132.319mph and 131.871mph respectively, he jumped to the top of the timesheets with his aforementioned opening lap of 133.140mph.
Kneen (130.668), Hillier (129.181), Rutter (129.583), Conor Cummins (129.756) and Martin Jessopp (128.144) were all going well but Harrison was in a class of his own and as he crossed the line, his lap speed came up as 133.462mph, some 1.4mph quicker than his personal best and only the second rider, after Michael Dunlop in 2016, to lap under 17 minutes.
Manxman Kneen was flying too and his lap of 132.258 was almost 2mph up on his best lap set in last year’s RL360 Superstock race while Hickman was again impressing at 132.169mph. David Johnson (Gulf BMW) improved to 129.360mph with Josh Brookes also upping his speed to 128.590mph which was just quicker than Phil Crowe’s impressive lap of 128.472mph.
As the session wore on, the lap speeds dipped slightly, largely due to heavy traffic all around the course and the setting sun but Hickman and Harrison both managed 130mph+ laps on their Superstock bikes - Hickman the quicker with his second lap of 130.619mph. Kneen slotted into third ahead of Lee Johnston, Cummins and Hillier with Hickman’s third lap coming to a halt with a retirement at Crosby.
At 7.20pm, it was the turn of the Supersport and Lightweight machines and Dunlop was quickest in the 600s with a lap of 125.206mph (MD Racing Honda) which put him ahead of Hillier (124.919), Ivan Lintin (124.376), Brookes (123.718), Johnston (123.367) and Gary Johnson (122.741) who’d managed to get back out on course after his earlier retirement in the Superbike session.
Harrison’s night ended on a low note when he pulled off the course at Ballacraine whileLintin had a slow speed tip-off at Governor’s Bridge on a Superbike lap although he got back out on his Lightweight machine where he went quickest at 119.191mph.
That put him ahead of Stefano Bonetti (Paton) who was second quickest at 118.848mph from Adam McLean (116.984) and the other Patons of Ian Lougher (116.417) and Rutter (116.012).
Meanwhile, the newcomers again improved over the course of the evening with Davey Todd quickest on his 1000cc Suzuki at 121.97mph although Adam Lyon’s lap of 121.537mph was equally impressive as it came on his 600cc Yamaha. David Jackson, who lost all of Saturday’s session due to breaking down at Ballig, was also making up for lost time on 118.93mph.
Not to be outdone by the solos, the Formula Two Sidecars were also setting a formidable pace and John Holden/Lee Cain scorched round on their opening lap at 115.732mph, which was only three seconds outside their personal best. The Birchalls were second quickest at 114.875mph with Alan Founds/Jake Lowther (112.602) slotting into third ahead of Dave Molyneux/Dan Sayle (111.122).
Peter Founds/Jevan Walmsley (110.866) and Lewis Blackstock/Patrick Rosney (110.180) were the other two crews to break the 110mph barrier on their opening lap whilst a good lap came from newcomers Michael Jackson/Harry Payne at 101.714mph.
Second time around, the Birchalls lapped at 115.145mph which kept them in second place with the Founds brothers in third and fourth, Alan the quicker on 113.037mph from Peter at 112.324mph. Meanwhile, Tony Baker/Fiona Baker-Holden got as close to breaking the 110mph barrier as possible with a second lap of 109.999mph whilst Jackson/Payne improved further still to 102.983mph.
Tomorrow’s session is due to get underway at 18.20 to 19.40 with Superbike/ Superstock / Supersport/ Newcomers (except Lightweight) with the Sidecars out at 19.45 to 20.40 and the TT Zero bikes getting their first qualifying laps in at 20.40.
I had been trying to find the words, but nothing wanted to come out. I didn’t have any. See, that’s the thing about road racing – it really does leave you speechless.
Wednesday evening practice was all to schedule with the Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson announcing that there was a 30% chance of rain for the middle of the session, but apart from that no comments to be made except for ‘have a good one!’
Eagerly stood at the bottom of Barregarrow I could see on live timing they were at Glen Helen. I shoved my phone back in my pocket ready for that Superbike roar… there it was.
They were quick. So unbelievably quick. Road dust flew into the air as the racers came through one by one, sometimes two or three consecutively. It’s been so dry here on the Isle of Man that dust seems to be lurking everywhere. It was noticeable during the sidecars in the previous practice session, but only noticeable this evening for the solos.
Next we heard Control bellow over the Tetra radio ‘all sectors, all sectors – we have a full course red flag.’ We knew it wasn’t in our sector, but that’s all we knew until CoC announced there had been an incident at Churchtown and a tree was on fire. Not only was a tree on fire, but so was social media. I am a firm believer of no news is good news & no news is actual news until it is officially confirmed by the event organisers.
It was clear the incident was serious. You don’t have a full course red flag unless it is… and queue rumour mill & me getting increasingly angry on social media at idiots speculating. It’s not big and it’s not clever to announce anything that has not been put out in an official statement. They have a procedure, a protocol to follow. They ensure family are told with liaison officers present. They make sure the support is in place. It is all for a reason. Would you like to be told via social media your husband, boyfriend, daughter, wife had been injured or worse?
After several text messages back and forth with different people both on island and off, in the paddock and out of it, we all knew. Maybe not who, but we knew. We weren’t speculating on social media. It was messages between each other. Ones which you know go no further. Majority of the time it’s ensuring our best mates, family friends or even family know they’re racer is okay. You see, when you’ve been part of the road racing family through a tragedy, whether it’s a racer you know or not, there are offers of support, there is trust & unity. Everyone rallies round. It’s really hard to describe. I guess you just know the difference between a red flag and a red flag.
We’ve had three solid evenings of practice without any real drama. The whole island seemed to be on a high – the weather, the racing and not forgetting the astonishing 133mph lap Dean Harrison set!
…but now we’re not talking about the highs. The mainstream media such as the BBC, The Independent, etc. were never talking about that. Oh, no. They’ve been waiting for this like they do every year. A red flag. A fatality. ‘Ban the Isle of Man TT’ brigade will be out tonight… and it really isn’t the time or place.
ACU Events released this statement after tonight’s qualifying session:
‘ACU Events Ltd regrets to confirm that Dan Kneen, 30, from Onchan in the Isle of Man died this evening following injuries sustained during the Superbike qualifying session on the Isle of Man.
Dan had an accident at Churchtown on the first lap of the session and died at the scene of the incident.’
Dan Kneen was born and bred on this beautiful island in the middle of the Irish Sea. A proud Manxman. He made his Mountain course debut 10 years ago and is the only newcomer to win three MGP races in a week – the Junior, the Newcomers C and the Ultra Lightweight.
Kneen through Kirk Michael Photo: Babb Photography
Like any racer he’s had his tumbles. 2016 I remember he came down to the Bottom of Barregarrow as he wasn’t racing due to injury. Watching a racer watch the racing was fascinating. I saw him step back a little as the first bike flew down & I’m pretty sure he said something along the lines of ‘it’s not this frightening on a bike!’
Perspective. Perspective is everything. Racers aren’t forced to race these roads. They know that this sport in particular is dangerous. So do their families. It’s no secret. There’s furniture. Trees, stone walls, curbs. The more forgiving hedge and the less forgiving lamppost. These racers jump on a motorcycle and lean over a flammable tank full of fuel because it’s what they enjoy, it’s their dream, it’s their life! Most road racers live for the TT – the ultimate road race of 37.73 miles. Dan was one of those racers.
Photo: Babb Photography
He got his race boots on the podium for the first time at last year’s TT in the Superstock race. This was when he also set his fastest official lap of 130.347mph and only last night he set a new PB of 132.258mph. Teaming up with Tyco BMW saw Dan flourish. He was setting quick lap times, he seemed comfortable on the bike and everyone was talking about how ‘he’s on for a podium with laps like that’. Yet, in a split second, quicker than a blink of an eye it’s over. Not entirely. The memories, the legacy – they all live on even through the heartache.
When you’re giving those articles by the BBC, the Independent, Guardian or other the time of day, please just remember the above. These racers have a different mindset to most. They live off this thrill, the adrenaline is above and beyond. It keeps them alive, it’s what they live for. The highs of this sport are so incredibly high. Elation of endurance, accuracy & talent. That feeling when they take the chequered flag after completing six laps of the TT course on a Superbike… 226.38 miles and 1 hour 45 minutes later.
I don’t even think I could imagine how those racers must feel. I also don’t think I could imagine how those racers must feel when we hit those lows like we have this evening, yet I don’t think doubt is one of them. Most will want to do this for Dan. It’s all they know. They’re living their dream just like Dan did and that’s the greatest achievement. Don’t let this become a tragedy. Remember his achievements and most of all remember he achieved that dream of his.
The entire road racing community is heartbroken and numb tonight as is the entirety of the Isle of Man. My thoughts are with Dan’s family, friends and the Tyco team . Race in peace up there under Manannan’s Cloak. He’ll keep you safe from now on. Stay on the pipe, boy!
HICKMAN QUICKEST IN SUPERBIKE PRACTICE AS HE POSTS AN UNOFFICIAL PERSONAL BEST AT THE ISLE OF MAN TT
Peter Hickman produced a stunning, albeit unofficial, personal best lap of the mountain course during Thursday night’s practice at the Isle Of Man TT.
Riding the Smith’s Racing BMWS1000RR, Hickman was quickest straight out of the gate showing the form which saw him podium five times in five races during last year’s TT festival. As he geared up for his flying lap, having already posted a standing start time of 131.113mph, it was clear that the Englishman had put the hammer down.
Under the blazing sun and in near perfect conditions, Hickman crossed the line on his second lap of the evening to post a new personal best lap of 132.806mph with a time of 17:02:757.
He is now knocking on the door of becoming only one of three men to have lapped the TT course at under 17 minutes; the other two being his fiercest rivals for honours this year, Dean Harrison and Michael Dunlop.
THURSDAY’S SUPERBIKE PRACTICE TIMES
Peter Hickman - 132.806mph
Conor Cummins - 131.175mph
Michael Dunlop - 130.959mph
Dean Harrison - 130.612mph
David Johnson - 129.632mph
Josh Brookes - 129.174mph
James Hillier - 128.065mph
Philip Crowe - 127.648mph
Michael Rutter - 127.475mph
Lee Johnston - 127.232mph
Martin Jessopp - 127.100mph
Shaun Anderson - 126.990mph
Sam West - 126.983mph
Derek Sheils - 126.785mph
Gary Johnson 126.771mph
Derek McGee - 126.376mph
Ian Hutchinson - 126.040mph
Jamie Coward - 125.869mph
Ivan Lintin - 125.712mph
Dominic Herbertson - 125.591mph
Nudging over the 129 mph mark, the fastest Australian TT racer in history David Johnson put the popular Gulf BMW team on top of tonight’s Superstock time sheets.
Adelaide’s Johnson lap speed of 129.202 mph set on his 2nd lap, aboard the striking blue, orange liveried stock Gulf BMW, placed him almost seven seconds clear of this evening’s Superbike pace setter Peter Hickman (128.381).
Photo by Jim Gibson
Like Hickman, Silicone Engineering Racing’s Dean Harrison completed just one Superstock lap tonight, his lap speed of 128.246 mph was just enough to take him to third on the time sheets in front of 15 times TT winner Michael Dunlop (128.012).
Behind the all star pace setting trio of Johnson, Hickman, Harrison and Dunlop, you couldn’t but not be impressed with fifth fastest Shaun Anderson (126.990), who from a standing start on his teams GSX-R 1000 Suzuki lapped at almost over the 127 mph mark.
Honda Racing’s Ian Hutchinson (126.728) still chipping away with his race fitness, plus confidence on his return to Mountain Course action finished a very creditable sixth quickest.
Concluding the top ten on the time sheets were Penz 13 BMW’s Derek Sheils (126.785), Mullingar’s Derek McGee (126.376), Hebden Bridge’s Jamie Coward (125.869) and the ever improving Phil Crowe (125.772).
Superstock Practice Results:
1 David Johnson 129.202
2 Peter Hickman 128.381
3 Dean Harrison 128.246
4 Michael Dunlop 128.012
5 Shaun Anderson 126.990
6 Ian Hutchinson 126.728
7 Derek Sheils 126.785
8 Derek McGee 126.376
9 Jamie Coward 125.869
10 Phil Crowe 125.772
11 Derek McGee 125.753
12 Ivan Lintin 125.712
13 Dominic Herbertson 125.591
14 Lee Johnston 124.776
15 James Hillier 124.774
16 Brian McCormack 124.573
17 Kamil Holan 124.571
18 Mark Parrett 124.530
19 James Cowton 124.519
20 Stefano Bonetti 124.444
21 Davey Todd 123.995
For the second time this week, Ivan Lintin headed the Supersport practice time sheets, following another productive evening of middleweight class action for the twice Lightweight TT champion.
Fastest by only 0.124 of a second over Jamie Coward (123.208) on the PreZ Racing Yamaha, Dafabet Devitt Racing’s Lintin like Hebden Bridge’s Coward is looking in a very good place ahead of Monday’s opening Monster Energy Supersport race.
Lee Johnston (123.023) lead the all star Padgetts challenge in finishing third quickest, whilst fourth fastest WH Racing’s Dominic Herbertson (122.758) impressed in outpacing McAMS Yamaha’s Josh Brookes (122.699) and fellow next gen roads talent Adam McLean (121.894).
PRL Worthington Racing’s Sam West (121.671) was seventh fastest, as Julian Trummer (120.720), Team ILR’s Joe Thompson (120.613) and twice Junior Manx GP winner Michael Sweeney (120.559) finished respectively eighth, ninth and tenth quickest.
Supersport Practice Results:
1 Ivan Lintin 123.222
2 Jamie Coward 123.208
3 Lee Johnston 123.023
4 Dominic Herbertson 122.758
5 Josh Brookes 122.699
6 Adam McLean 121.894
7 Sam West 121.671
8 Julian Trummer 120.720
9 Joe Thompson 120.613
10 Michael Sweeney 120.559
11 Adam Lyon 120.106
12 Andy Dudgeon 119.971
13 Tom Weeden 119.652
14 Michael Evans 119.626
15 Paul Jordan 119.457
16 Matt Rees 119.279
17 Mark Parrett 118.777
18 Ian Pattinson 118.708
19 Gary Johnson 118.575
20 Craig Neve 118.487
The Tyco BMW rider recorded two earlier laps over 132mph during the session but his quickest speed was short of Dean Harrison's best of the week - 133.462.
Peter Hickman registered the leading Superstock lap with 130.829.
Ryan Kneen completed a lap of the circuit at the back of the field as a tribute to his brother Dan, who was killed in practice on Wednesday.
Ryan's appearance on the grid was greeted by applause from spectators at the TT Grandstand, while fans waved their support as he made his way around the circuit.
The start of the practice was delayed because of oil on the circuit on the run towards The Bungalow and when the action did get underway, yellow flags were displayed to warn riders to slow down on that section.
There was a further hold-up to proceedings when red flags went out to temporarily halt the session because of oil on the course following an incident at Hailwood Rise, in which the riders involved were unhurt.
James Hillier and Dean Harrison set their first laps of the week at over 130mph in the Superbike category.
1. Dean Harrison (ENG) Kawasaki 133.462mph
2. Michael Dunlop (NIR) BMW 132.983
3. Peter Hickman (ENG) BMW 132.806
4. Conor Cummins (IOM) Honda 131.175
5. James Hillier (ENG) Kawasaki 130.664
6. David Johnson (AUS) BMW 130.097 Superstocks
1. Peter Hickman (ENG) BMW 130.829mph
2. Dean Harrison (ENG) Kawasaki 130.553
3. Conor Cummins (IOM) Honda 129.584
4. David Johnson (AUS) BMW 129.202
5. Lee Johnston (NIR) Honda 128.288
6. James Hillier (ENG) Kawasaki 128.110 Supersports
1. Dean Harrison (ENG) Kawasaki 125.797mph
2. Michael Dunlop (NIR) Honda 125.741
3. Conor Cummins (IOM) Honda 125.152
4. James Hillier (ENG) Kawasaki 124.919
5. Peter Hickman (ENG) Triumph 124.447
6. Ivan Lintin (ENG) Kawasaki 124.376 Supertwins
1. Michael Dunlop (NIR) Paton 120.875mph
2. Ivan Lintin (ENG) Kawasaki 120.660
3. Stefano Bonetti (ITA) Paton 118.848
4. Derek McGee (ROI) Kawasaki 117.571
5. Peter Hickman (ENG) Kawasaki 117.508
6. David Johnson (AUS) Kawasaki 117.029