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A frustrating TT practice week ends

After a tough first week on the Isle of Man, the Valmoto MV Agusta team are approaching the first Supersport race of the 2013 TT with renewed enthusiasm. Despite poor weather conditions hampering practice sessions, rider Gary Johnson managed to complete two laps of the historic 37.75-mile circuit aboard the MV Agusta F3 675 earlier today, and the team are now happy with the overall progress made on the bike.

The early part of the week saw the team plagued by an electrical glitch, which meant Gary was unable to put in the laps, and the bad weather only added to the team’s frustrations. However, by Thursday evening’s practice session, Gary went straight through onto a flying lap on his first lap out on the bike and posted the sixth quickest time. After today’s positive session, the team is confident that they have fixed the electrical fault and are looking forward to the race on Monday morning.

Team Owner, Jack Valentine, said: “To say that the bike has only done 300 miles since it was built, we are really happy with the progress that we have made with it. The team have been working really hard and the bike is causing quite a stir in the paddock. The fans are loving the new custom-built Akrapovič exhaust that has been fitted to the bike now. We’re confident we’ve fixed the electronic niggles we originally had, and are looking forward to running at the sharp end in next week’s races."

Gary Johnson said: “It’s great to be back at the TT, I love it here. It has been frustrating for the team to have technical issues after all their hard work but that is what practice sessions are for! We’re confident the bike will be up there as we put in the sixth fastest time from a standing start on Thursday and are happy with the progress we’ve made since then.”