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Michael Dunlop

At just 27 years of age, Michael Dunlop is already a 13 times TT winner and has been victorious at virtually every road race circuit, in which he has competed at.

Known for his sheer determination, all action style and a will to win which surpasses arguably every other rider in the sport, he’s a one off with his riding style, attitude and persona.

TT Races PB: 1st x13
North West 200 PB: 1st x5
Ulster Grand Prix PB: 1st x6

Additional honours:

2006 Newcomers B Manx Grand Prix
2011 Southern 100 solo championship
2011 Armoy race of legends
2012 Southern 100 solo championship
2012 Armoy race of legends
2012 Dundrod 150 superbike
2013 Cookstown 100 grand final
2013 Armoy race of legends
2013 Formula 1 Classic TT
2013 Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup
2014 Armoy race of legends
2015 Armoy race of legends
2015 Formula 1 Classic TT
2016 Southern 100 solo championship
2016 Armoy race of legends
2016 Dundrod 150 superbike
2016 Superbike Classic TT
2016 Junior Classic TT

Ian Hutchinson

Ian Hutchinson’s comeback from a serious leg injury which almost ended his racing career, has provided one of the most feel good stories in the history of pure road racing.

Now firmly back at the top, he joined Mike Hailwood on 14 TT victories in total at TT 2016, following a memorable hat trick of victories, which was not without controversy, with many and suspicion still surrounding whether his Monster Energy Supersport race 2 victory, was won in the correct sporting manner.

TT Races PB: 1st x14
North West 200 PB 1st x3
Ulster Grand Prix PB 1st x9

Additional Honours:

2003 Newcomers Senior Manx Grand Prix
2006 Cock of The North – Feature race
2010 Steve Henshaw international gold cup
2013 Macau Grand Prix

John McGuinness

The second most successful rider in TT history, John McGuinness is still amongst the firm favourites for wins around the Mountain Course, although now more prominently on superbike machinery.

It’s fair to say his 2015 Senior TT success stunned many, there was no inclination beforehand of the TT hero securing yet another momentous feat.

TT Races PB: 1st x23
North West 200 PB: 1st x6
Ulster Grand Prix PB: 1st x2

Additional Honours:

1999 Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup
2001 Macau Grand Prix

Peter Hickman

Since making his roads debut at the North West 200 in 2014, Peter Hickman has gone from strength to strength.

Now the fourth fastest rider in history at the TT Races (132.465 mph), he’s firmly established as one of the world’s leading pure road racers.

TT Races PB: 4th 2016 RST Superbike
North West 200 PB: 2nd 2016 Superstock Race Two
Ulster Grand Prix PB: 1st 2015 Superbike Race Two

Additional Honours:

2015 Macau Grand Prix

Bruce Anstey

The evergreen Bruce Anstey, 32 times an international road race winner, is still as competitive as ever, as proven by his performances at the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix.

Regarded by many as the most naturally talented rider on the roads, he has enjoyed thus far a quite brilliant career on the Mountain Course, the Triangle and Dundrod.

TT Races PB: 1st x11
North West 200 PB: 1st x10
Ulster Grand Prix PB: 1st x11

Additional Honours:

2014 Formula 1 Classic TT
2016 Lightweight Classic TT

Conor Cummins

Currently regarded by many leading figures as the Isle of Man’s leading roads exponent, Conor Cummins has for the last ten years been an established accomplished competitor at the International road races.

The last couple of years have seen Conor, have in my opinion below par seasons. A present part of the factory Honda set up, perhaps pastures new, could prove the perfect tonic for the Manxman to become a prominent contender again for victories at the International’s.

TT Races PB: 2nd x2
North West 200 PB: 2nd 2010 Superbike Race One
Ulster Grand Prix PB: 1st 2009 Superbike Race One

Additional Honours:

2007 Bush Road Races Open Race
2007 Bush Road Races Grand Final
2009 Dundrod 150 Superbike

William Dunlop

An established world class pure road racer, William Dunlop has enjoyed constant sustained success on the roads in the 2010’s, thus far.

The current Irish road race Supersport champion, has tasted success at near enough every roads circuit, but there is one gap in his CV, that he really wants to add in, a maiden TT Races victory. Many people it won’t be long till the 2015 Duke Road Race Rankings champion, breaks his duck around the Mountain Course.

TT Races PB: 2nd 2016 SES TT Zero
North West 200 PB: 1st x3
Ulster Grand Prix PB: 1st x7

Additional Honours:

2015 Tandragee 100 Grand Final
2015 Walderstown Grand Final
2015 Duke Road Race Rankings champion
2015 Irish road race Supersport champion
2015 Irish road race Superbike champion
2016 Irish road race Supersport champion

Lee Johnston

Lee Johnston has the happy go lucky temperament about him, but when he is in pure road racing competition, he’s amongst the most determined competitors.

Six times an international road race winner, he’s grown and grown in stature in recent years. Without a worthy of the accolade world class, it would not surprise me or many, if General Lee next year, records a first TT Races victory.

TT Races PB: 3rd x2
North West 200 PB: 1st x3
Ulster Grand Prix PB: 1st x3

Additional Honours:

2015 Scarborough Gold Cup – David Jefferies Cup overall winner

Dean Harrison

The undoubted current leading exponent of Oliver’s Mount, Dean Harrison has this year enjoyed one of his best pure road racing campaign’s to date.

A Gold Cup, TT, Classic TT and Southern 100 race winner, he’s amongst the most talented roads competitors.

TT Races PB: 1st 2014 Lightweight TT
North West 200 PB: 5th x2
Ulster Grand Prix PB: 2nd 2014 Superstock Race

Additional Honours:

2013 Cock of the North Feature Race
2013 Southern 100 Supersport Race 1
2013 Scarborough Gold Cup – Darran Lindsay Trophy overall winner
2014 Barry Sheene Trophy
2014 Cock of the North Feature Race
2015 Barry Sheene Trophy
2015 Cock of the North Feature Race
2015 500 Classic TT
2015 Scarborough Gold Cup – Darran Lindsay Trophy overall winner
2015 Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup
2016 Barry Sheene Trophy
2016 Cock of the North Feature Race

Mark Miller

America’s leading roads exponents in the 2010’s thus far, has been in my opinion Mark Miller.

The 2010 TT Zero winner, has in recent years lead the Splitlath Buell challenge at the TT Races, wrapping up many a highly creditable result.

TT Races PB: 1st 2010 TT Zero

Additional Honours:

2000 Macau Grand Prix – Third place finish

Stefano Bonetti

Nicknamed “Bonny” Stefano Bonetti has consistently over the last ten years, been the standout competitor from Italy at the TT Races.

A top five finisher at the North West 200, TT 2016 saw Stefano wrap up a huge new personal best race result, finishing a fine fifth in the Lightweight race, when competing on Paton machinery.

TT Races PB: 5th 2016 Lightweight TT
North West 200 PB: 5th 2012 Superstock Race 1

Horst Saiger

Austria’s Horst Saiger, is regarded by many as continental Europe’s leading roads competitor.

A consistent collector of first class results at the Macau Grand Prix and North West 200, he’s also an accomplished exponent of the Mountain Course and the fastest road racing circuit in the world, Dundrod.

TT Races PB: 11th 2014 Superstock Race
North West 200 PB: 4th 2014 Superstock Race 2
Ulster Grand Prix PB: 12th 2015 Superstock Race

Additional Honours:

2016 Terlicko Road Races Open Race
2016 Terlicko Road Races Grand Final

David Johnson

Amongst a very select group of competitors to have lapped the Mountain Course in excess of 131 mph, David Johnson is arguably at this moment in time, Australia’s top pure road racer.

Nicknamed “Davo” he has all the components needed to be a top class roads competitor. Likely to remain as part of the Norton Racing fold for TT 2017, he’s an established world class rider tipped to soon secure a first podium finish at the most famous road race in the world.

TT Races PB: 4th 2014 Superstock Race
North West 200 PB: 10th 2016 Superstock Race 1
Ulster Grand Prix PB: 6th 2015 Superstock Race

Hudson Kennaugh

A four times TT Races competitor, Hudson Kennaugh is still at present more known for his exploits on short circuits, then on the roads.

Don’t be surprised to see in the future the ultra determined rider from South Africa, in contention for a TT podium finish, in particular in the Lightweight class.

TT Races PB: 24th x2

Masayuki Yamanaka

Currently Asia’s only competitor on the Mountain Course, Masayuki Yamanaka made history at the 2015 Manx Grand Prix, by becoming the first rider from Japan to secure a podium finish at the Manx, as he finished second in the Newcomers C race.

This years Manx GP saw him wrap up series of 26th place finishes, in the Junior and Senior races, along the way lapping in excess of 114 mph.

Marco Pagani

Since making his Manx Grand Prix debut in 2014, Marco Pagani has gone onto establish himself as one of Italy’s most accomplished pure road racers.

Most recently Marco impressed at the returning Imatra Road Races, showing accomplished form on his S1000RR BMW mount.

TT Races PB: 28th 2016 Superstock Race

Cameron Donald

Make no doubt about it, Cameron Donald is a great pure road racer. A two times TT winner, he unofficially became the first rider to lap the magical Mountain Course in excess of 131 mph during Thursday evening’s practice session at TT 2009.

Although he’s now in my opinion not as competitive as he was from 2008 through to 2013, he’s still a class act who is more than capable of in the future wrapping up more international road race podium finishes.

TT Races PB: 1st x2
North West 200 PB: 2nd x2
Ulster Grand Prix PB: 3rd 2005 Supersport Race 2

Glenn Irwin

Although he’s not competed on the roads thus far in 2016, the Macau Grand Prix in November, sees Glenn Irwin make a return to pure road racing competition.

Already a North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix podium finisher, he’s without a doubt, a future international road race winner.

North West 200 PB: 2nd 2015 Supersport Race Two
Ulster Grand Prix PB: 2nd 2015 Supersport Race Two

Michael Booth

TT 2016’s leading Mountain Course newcomer Michael Booth, has been amongst the leading roads newcomers throughout 2016.

A recent third place finisher in the Dundrod 150 Challenge race, Michael has the potential to soon be challenging for highly notable results at the international road races.

TT Races PB: 29th 2016 Pokerstars Senior
Ulster Grand Prix PB: 16th 2016 Supersport Race Two

Josh Daley

The youngest rider to compete at TT 2016 was Josh Daley. Making his roads pure road racing debut on the Mountain Course, he enjoyed a productive two weeks of TT competition.

Piloting his own teams ZX6R Kawasaki, he wrapped up 46th and 52nd place finishes, in the Monster Energy Supersport races.

TT Races PB: 46th 2016 Supersport Race 1

Alex Pickett

One of Australia’s fastest rising roads stars is Alex Pickett. Since making his Mountain Course debut at the Manx Grand Prix in 2013, the ever cheerful rider has since gone onto three times thus far, at the Isle of Man TT.

Without a doubt his most momentous roads feat to date, was in the recent Superbike Classic TT, when he finished the leading privateer on the DP Coldplaning/TC Racing Kawasaki, following an excellent seventh place finish.

TT Races PB: 31st 2016 Supersport Race 1

Bjorn Gunnarsson:

Having finished a great ninth in this years Lightweight TT, plus recording series of highly creditable results at Imatra, Bjorn Gunnarsson in my opinion at this moment in time deserves the accolade of been regarded as Sweden’s leading pure road racer.

A proven exponent of the Mountain Course, Bjorn has the talent to in the future, be definitely in contention for a podium finish on Super Twins machinery in the Lightweight class.

TT Races PB: 9th 2016 Lightweight Race

Martin Jessopp

A frequent front runner at the North West 200 and Macau Grand Prix, Martin Jessopp showed at TT 2016, that he’s becoming a highly accomplished competitor on the Mountain Course.

Following his third place finish in the Lightweight race, Martin said afterwards that he was speechless. His maiden TT Races podium finish, is the latest in a long line of notable roads achievement’s for the highly rated rider.

TT Races PB: 3rd 2016 Lightweight Race
North West 200 PB: 2nd 2016 Supersport Race 1

Additional Honours:

2011 Macau Grand Prix – Runner Up
2012 Macau Grand Prix – Runner Up
2015 Macau Grand Prix – Runner Up

Jamie Williams

One of the Isle of Man’s fastest rising roads stars is Jamie Williams. His 2016 pure road racing season has seen him secure many a notable result, which include fifth place finish in the Newcomers A Manx Grand Prix.

Most recently Jamie wrapped up series of first class results, at the 66th Scarborough Gold Cup, which included victory in the second leg of the David Jefferies Cup Junior B races.

Additional Honours:

2016 Scarborough Gold Cup – David Jefferies Cup Junior B Race 2

Vincent Lonbois

2016 IRRC Superbike champion, Vincent Lonbois, in recent years has established himself as one of Belgium’s leading pure road racers.

A winner this year at Oss, Hengelo, Chimay and Imatra, he has been in sparkling form on the Herpigny Motors BMW Motorrad Belux backed S1000RR BMW. There is no doubt that he has the potential to in the future become an established competitor around the Triangle, Dundrod and Mountain Course.

Additional Honours:

2016 IRRC Superbike champion