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TBT: Piotr Betlej Poland’s First Ever Mountain Course Competitor

Back in 2011, Piotr Betlej made history, by becoming the first rider in history from Poland to compete on the Mountain Course.

Competing for the Motoswidnica Racing team, on CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade’s, he impressed many with his performances on the famous Manx roads, in particular given that he was not only just making his TT debut, but also his pure road racing debut.

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Photo by Derek Clegg

Piotr’s race week began with a very respectable 36th place finish, in the Dainese Superbike race.

This was backed up by 29th in the Royal London 360 Superstock race, as he continued to build up his pace, knowledge and experience of the TT course.

Although race week ended with a non finish in the blue riband Senior race, Piotr’s TT exploits captured the imagination of thousands in Poland.

His venture into TT competition, will have given inspiration to multiple riders in his home nation, that they to with the right plans, dedication and determination can compete at the world’s most famous road race.

Six years on since his TT Races debut, Piotr remains the only rider from Poland to have competed on the Mountain Course.

Words by Stevie Rial

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