Amor bounces back at TT
Scots ace Keith Amor bounced back from a Wednesday evening practice crash to declare himself fit and raring to go at the Isle of Man TT Races after a solid evening of practice on Friday. The Honda rider fell from his KBMG Superstock Honda exiting Quarterbridge late on in Wednesday's session suffering a partial tear of the AC joint in his right shoulder but returned on Friday to put in 4 laps of the Mountain Course on both his Superbike and Supersport machines.
Practice week had been progressing well for Amor with a lap of 127.531mph on the Honda TT Legends Superbike on Wednesday evening whilst he was also above 123mph on the Superstock on Tuesday but it all went wrong late in Wednesday's session when he highsided on the way out of Quarterbridge after hitting a small patch of oil. The injury required Keith to sit out Thursday's session (although this was later cancelled due to an oil spillage) but after some physio and sessions in the Island's hyperbaric chamber, he was back out on the grid for Friday's final session, which was bathed in glorious sunshine.
Taking his brand new KBMG Supersport Honda out for the very first time, Keith put in 3 laps on the 600cc machine, the best of which was 122.660mph, to go 8th fastest on the leaderboard and then did one more lap on the TT Legends Superbike. Testing his injured shoulder out, Keith was still able to lap at 127.106mph and was happy enough with his fitness to confirm his participation in tomorrow's Superbike race.
Talking later, Keith said; "The week started off really well and I was happy with my times and how the bikes were working, everything was going along nicely. We made a few changes to the Superbike on Wednesday, which didn't work out, so I went out on the stocker only to hit a patch of oil and highsiding into the bushes certainly wasn't part of the plan. The doctor gave me the all clear so I went out on Friday on the Supersport bike as I hadn't managed to get a lap in on it due to the crash so had to put in some laps to qualify! I then came in and went out on the Superbike and although not 100%, I was able to put in a half decent lap time. I'm not quite physically strong enough to man handle the bike through some of the sections so I was having to be a bit careful and roll it off in places where I normally wouldn't. I'm having to ride a bit conservatively and that's making it frustrating but I'll give it my best shot tomorrow and see where we end up."
The 6-lap Superbike race is the first race of the 2011 Isle of Man TT Races and gets underway at 12.00pm.