Road Racing News

Classic TT/Manx Grand Prix: News From The Paddock Edition 2

CHB Surfacing Ltd:

Alongside the support from The Peoples Bike Team, Junior/Senior Manx GP practice week pace setter Stephen Parsons, latest Mountain Course expedition also sees him enjoy strong support from CHB Surfacing Ltd.

Race fans watching this week, next week on Manx shores will notice the CHB Surfacing Ltd branding on ‘Trevor’ Parsons trusty ZX6R Kawasaki steed, which sports this year a striking white, blue, red livery.

Manx GP returnees:

You’ll notice in your race guide (reminder folks buy the program/race guide, it’s a must for every road race fan) that there’s a fare few notable returnees to Manx GP affiliated competition.

Photo by Nick Wheeler

This includes 2012 Junior race runner-up Mike Minns, 2015 Lightweight race winner Mark Purslow, Supersport B race victor at July’s Southern 100 Lee Hembury.

VRS Racing’s Pete Murray, the RAF’s Rad Hughes, Steadplan Primus Racing’s Ben Rea, Ian Gardner and former Newcomers B class rostrum finisher Wayne Axon.

Wednesday Practice Session 50/50?:

It seems at present as though it’s looking a bit 50/50 in terms of whether this evening’s Manx GP/Classic TT practice session, will go ahead.

This is due to a not very positive weather forecast, which is predicting a fair amount of inclement wet weather to embark this afternoon upon the Mountain Course.

Clerk of The Course Gary Thompson has announced that a decision regarding competitive action taking place this evening, will be made at 3:00 PM.

Marshal Numbers:

With the contingency plan of Thursday afternoon practice activated, there’s a huge push on to increase marshal numbers to enable tomorrow afternoon’s practice session to take place.

At present marshalling numbers for what could be just the second timed practice session of this year’s Manx GP/Classic TT Races, is 42 short of the needed amount.

If you would like to play a role in helping racers gain much needed track time, the people to contact are the ever hard working Isle of Man TT Marshals Association.

Star Names Set For Classic Racer Lap of Honour:

Star names a plenty will be Manx shores bound on Monday the 26th of August, for the prestigious lap of honour, which is once again title sponsored by Classic Racer Magazine.

TT icons taking part in the parade lap, scheduled to get underway on Monday from 1:00 PM include Carl Fogarty, 15 times World Champion Giacomo Agostini, Ian Simpson, Steve Parrish piloting a Moto 2 Triumph, Steve Plater, Alex George, Brian Morrison, Brian Reid.

Phillip McCallen, Dave Roper and five times International Road Racer winner Glenn Irwin, who continues to be a rumoured entrant for TT 2020.

John Chapman Racing:

As mentioned in a previous article, York’s Joe Thompson will no longer form part of John Chapman Racing’s 2019 Classic TT challenge.

Speaking via Facebook about the end of his partnership with the Lincolnshire based squad, the fifth place finisher within the last year’s Lightweight TT, candidly stated:

“Just to make the rumours clear. I haven’t and wouldn’t ever have walked out on John Chapman Racing.

For whatever reasons he has decided he didn’t want me to ride his bikes, which is a shame as I was really looking forward to it and would have given it my everything. I am now looking forward to riding the Wilcock Consulting Superbike.”

Words by Stevie Rial

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