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TT 2012: pre-practice news, gossip and rumour

Update: Guy Martin crashed at Cross Four Ways in this afternoon's Pre-TT Classic Races when he collided with backmarkers. Martin, riding an XR69 Suzuki, had been disputing the lead with Jamie Coward when they came across the tailenders and with little room for all riders to get round the corner, Martin slipped off on the exit, fortunately without injury.

Tim Reeves will now be partnered by 7-times TT winner Dan Sayle in the two Formula 2 races. Reeves' original passenger Dipash Chauhan has withdrawn due to the leg injuries he sustained in a crash last year still not having healed sufficiently to cope with the rigours of the Mountain Course. Saturday evening's practice was enough for Chauhan to admit defeat but he'll remain on the Island to give the team his full support in their quest for a TT win.

After a disappointing North West 200 campaign, Michael Dunlop has ditched his GSXR600 Suzuki in favour of an R6 Yamaha that has served him so well in previous years. The move also sees him reunited with former sponsor Gary Ryan although the bike will continue to be run under the McAdoo Racing banner.


Rumour continues to circulate regarding the future of Guy Martin at Tyco Suzuki. Although Philip Neill publicly stated the two hadn't parted company, rumour suggests this could still happen after the TT. There's also been suggestion in some quarters that Michael Dunlop may ride the bike in the Senior....

Karl Harris caused consternation amongst race officials when he stopped on the startline during the opening night's practice session. The burly Sheffield rider had forgotten how to get back to the pits and so stopped to ask someone despite the fact bikes were flying along Glencrutchery Road in excess of 150mph!

Jamie Hamilton also lost his bearings when he went out for practice, setting off down pitlane rather than using the small ramp that takes the bikes to the grid. Luckily, race officials pulled him back before he was faced with a multitide of bikes returning to the paddock in the opposite direction!

Conor Cummins and Gary Johnson are still nursing injuries after their coming together at the NW200. Cummins has broken a number of bones in his hand and has had them pinned and wired whilst Johnson, the instigator of the crash, also has a broken bone in his hand and a possible broken finger. A rather sheepish Johnson admitted, "I must be the most hated man on the Isle of Man right now." Cummins has also decided not to go out tonight so he can rest his hand.

Portuguese ace Luis Carreira was forced to sit out the opening Lightweight TT practice session with all his equipment lost in transport. All three of his bikes - Superbike, Supersport and Lightweight - were stuck in the UK, along with his leathers, helmets, gloves etc but they turned up on Sunday evening and so he should be out on Monday evening.

Simon Andrews was also waiting for his kit to turn up and was forced to use John McGuinness' lid and leathers (which looked a little tight around the middle) for  Supertwins practice on Saturday night.

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