It’s been a solid practice week thus far at the 2017 Manx Grand Prix, for Frenchman Richard Vuillermet.
The Besancon based riders second Manx GP voyage, began with a steady opening lap of 100.730 mph on Saturday evening, whilst the next practice session on Tuesday night saw him increase his pace by over 50 seconds, on his way to lap speed of 104.615 mph.
Last nights practice session saw another encouraging improvement for Richard, who’s lap speed of 107.167 mph placed him a very respectable 49th fastest within the Junior class.
Photo by Nick Wheeler
Increasing his confidence with every lap around the Mountain Course, the Montagne Family team racer in my opinion showcases the true spirit of the Manx GP.
Realistic in terms of the results that could be sealed in the Junior and Senior races, he’s just aiming to enjoy his second two week stint on the Isle of Man’s legendary mountain roads.
This is what makes the Manx Grand Prix so well loved, it gives riders like Richard the chance to accomplish lifetime goals of competing on the Mountain Course, following in the footsteps of many of their pure road racing heroes.
Words by Stevie Rial