Round up of just some of the most enterprising stats from this years record breaking Manx Grand Prix.
New event lap record holder Michael Evans overall race time within Friday’s Senior race, would have placed him a very creditable 11th in the opening Supersport race of TT 2017.
Alongside the Santon racer five others this week joined him as new members of the prestigious ‘Tommy Club’, they are Barry Evans (122.344), David Lumsden (120.956), Dean Osborne (120.709), Glenn Harrison (120.253) and Darren Cooper (120.018).
Photo by Mark Corlett
Martin Bullock Manxsport’s tally of Manx GP victories in the 2010’s grew to nine, which includes now three Junior race wins in seven years.
Looking back on the Newcomers A race, six of the top ten finishers were YZF R6 Yamaha mounted, whilst an added notable stat is that none of the 21 race finishers piloted Suzuki machinery.
Newcomers A winner/runner up Brad Vicars and Darryl Tweed finish respectively overall second and third fastest Mountain Course newcomers of 2017, only behind the leading TT newcomer Adam McLean.
Lightweight winner Darren Cooper’s pace would have secured him a top ten finish in the Bennetts Lightweight TT.
Michael Evans Senior success made him the first rider since Andrew Brady in 2011, to secure the momentous Junior/Senior Manx GP double.
He’s also only the third fastest in the history of the Manx Grand Prix, to achieve this feat.
63 of the 78 starters completed the four lap race, which saw 24 riders lap in excess of the 116 mph mark.
A sign of the growing international appeal of the Manx Grand Prix, is showcased by the fact that 18 countries had representation at an event which is proven at bringing through iconic TT talent.
Words by Stevie Rial