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2019 Manx Grand Prix: Preview – Part 1 – Newcomers Races

First run in 1978, the Newcomers Manx GP races have over the years launched the Mountain Course careers of multiple future TT greats.

This year’s Newcomers entry, features a great mix of rising roads stars, high calibre IRRC competitors and ambitious overseas riders all entered.

Newcomers A entry wise, ones to watch include French star Pierre Yves Bian. Third within the IRRC Supersport Championship of 2017, Yves Bian in the opening round of this year’s series at Hengelo, claimed a brace of rostrum finishes.

Photo by Robby Repsol

Given his proven race craft, years of IRRC experience behind him, it wouldn’t at all be a surprise to see him in contention for a notable result this month.

Others with roads experience a plenty capable of banking standout results include accomplished Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough exponents Mike Mace, Paul Marley and Lewis Bramwell.

Photo by Nick Wheeler

Added ones to watch include Sam Mousley, Alun Brooks, Mike Brew and the first Russian Manx GP competitor in history Danila Krasniuk.

Further depth to the Newcomers A entry is provided by the likes of Spain’s Victor Ortega, Nicolas Robert, Chris North, Quentin Limousin.

Switzerland’s Ivo Ladde, Chris Stuart and reigning Irish Road Race Junior Support, Senior Support Championship runner up, brother of 2018 Junior Manx GP winner James Chawke, Liam Chawke.

Looking towards the Newcomers B standout entrants include Italian debutant Andrea Majola, who’s set to pilot one of Paton’s formidable Super Twin steeds.

Additional confirmed class entrants include seasoned French roads campaigner Wayne Bourgeais, Wakefield’s Oliver Dean, David Stiff and top five finisher at the Colas Post TT Road Races, Jack Petrie.

Photo by Nick Wheeler

Alongside the Newcomers A & B races, the Newcomers C class returns to this year’s race schedule and racers entered on a mix of 125, Moto 3, 400 machinery include Denmark’s Kenneth Kornov, Exeter’s Pete Gibson and Falcon Road Racing supported Andrew Jackson.

For all of this year Manx GP newcomers, competing for the first time on the Mountain Course, is a lifetimes ambition.

Road Racing News wishes them all an enjoyable, safe and successful maiden two-week campaign on the Isle of Man’s legendary 37 and three quarter miles roads course.

Words by Stevie Rial

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