Bruce Anstey moved to the top of the Superbike timesheets with the fastest time of the 2011 Isle of Man TT so far on Wednesday evening.
The Kiwi, riding for Padgetts Honda Racing, lapped at 129.695mph, his fastest ever lap of the mountain course to fend off Guy Martin, who was second on 129.333mph.
Gary Johnson was among the quickest riders through the Sulby speed trap, clocking 191.2mph but his overall lap time was only enough for third ahead of Michael Dunlop and Cameron Donald.
John McGuinness had set the pace on the first two days but was only ninth quickest on Wednesday and spent the evening making adjustments to the 999cc Honda. His fastest time from Tuesday evening is still good enough for third in the combined classification though.
Honda TT Legends teammate Keith Amor had a difficult day after a crash at Quarterbridge left him with a dislocated shoulder. The Scotsman later revealed via his Twitter feed that he has been advised by a specialist to take Thursday off and he is hopeful of returning to action on Friday.
Gary Johnson was the fastest man in the Superstock class with his first run of 128.452mph putting him ahead of Michael Dunlop and Bruce Anstey. Guy Martin and John McGuinness failed to better their Tuesday times in Superstock but they remain fourth and fifth overall.
Cameron Donald was the quickest man in the Supersport class on Wednesday, lapping at 125.110mph. The Australian is still second in the overall classification though with Michael Dunlop's Tuesday effort of 125.464mph remaining unbeaten. Anstey is third overall despite going no quicker on Wednesday while William Dunlop and Guy Martin made improvements to go fourth and fifth overall.
The sidecars were back in action on Wednesday following the tragic accident on Tuesday which took the lives of Bill Currie, 67 and his passenger Kevin Morgan, 59. As on Monday, Klaus Klaffenbock and Dan Sayle were fastest at 113.754mph. The team of Tim Reeves and Gregory Cluze were second fastest (111.379mph) with John Holden & Andrew Winkle third (111.066mph)
Practice continues later this evening with live Radio TT commentary and live timing of all 2011 Isle of Man TT Races available at www.iomtt.com.