Due to the weather forecast, Saturdays opening qualifying session had to be cancelled.

First qualifying however got underway on Sunday in windy but sunny conditions on Sunday afternoon after the Newcomers' had completed the obligatory speed controlled, guided sighting lap.

Qualifying got underway with the supersport and lightweights of which the solo newcomer' were permitted to take part in, giving them a much needed boost and chance to get to know the circuit under racing conditions.


Dean Harrison made the headlines in 2018 for good and not so good reasons and today he unsurprisingly topped the day's timing charts after completing 6 laps on his Silicone Engineering Racing Kawasaki ZX6R machine with a best lap time of 126.09mph.

Michael Dunlop slotted in second on board his MD Racing Honda CBR00RR managing 123.90mph with local favourite Conor Cummings hitting an average of 123.71mph. Both Jamie Coward and Gary Johnson also manage some impressive averages!


Although Jamie Coward impressed in the Supersport it was the Lightweight class that impressed the most. Coward slung his lower powered Lightweight around the course in an impressive 119.96mph, tipping last years class winner Micheal Dunlop down into second on the day with 118.52mph. Somewhat seemingly more impressive however was the RC Express Racing team's new recruit Paul Jordan who rewarded his new teams faith with 117.45mph! TT veteran John McGuinness recorded a best of 111.77mph upon his first year as a Norton rider.

IOMTT 2019 first qualifying session Sunday 26th May