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Classic TT: Preview – Part 1 – Senior Race

Joining forces again with long term Classic TT employers Team Winfield, 23 times TT winner John McGuinness starts a warm favourite for many to retain the Bennetts Senior race crown.

The combination of Mountain Course great McGuinness and the Winfield Paton, proved untouchable in 2018 and various road racing aficionados are expecting more of the same this month.

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Others like seven times Senior TT Champion McGuinness, who are more than capable of scooping Senior class honours include fellow Paton mounted racer, Beugger Racing supported Maria Costello MBE.

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Further exotic Italian machinery set to take compete on the fabled, mythical Mountain Course include the John Chapman Racing MV Agusta’s piloted by ten times TT winner Ian Lougher and York’s Joe Thompson, plus the Gleve Racing/John Poyner Ducati piloted by respected yesteryear racing exponent Bill Swallow.

Outside of the Italian marques, race runner up last year. Current TT Privateers Champion Jamie Coward, jockeying the Ted Woof/Craven Classic Racing Manx Norton, is extremely capable of going one better this August.

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Don’t discount as well reigning Junior Classic TT champion Dominic Herbertson (Davies Motorsport), Michael Rutter (Ripley Land Racing), plus 2018 IRRC Superbike Champion Danny Webb (Dunnell Racing), Chris Swallow (Flitwick Motorcycles Royal Enfield) from being in the mix for at minimum, a podium placing.

Honda’s challenge is anticipated to be headed by Davies Motorsport, who have retained the services of eight times International Road Race winner, 2019 Monster Energy Supersport TT Race 1 winner Lee Johnston.

Additional racers Honda mounted include Steadplan Primus Racing’s Ben Rea, Irish Road Race Superbike Champion Derek Sheils, Rob Hodson (Geoff Bates Racing/Ruthless Racing), leading Classics racing competitor Alan Oversby and 14 times TT podium finisher James Hillier (CSC Racing).

Further depth to the entry is provided by none other than class returnee, 2019 Dunlop Senior TT winner Dean Harrison (LSS Waste Management Norton), Egli Vincent mounted Horst Saiger, Chimay Classics specialist Alex Sinclair, fellow countryman Mark Purslow and CLeethorpes Jeff Smith.

19 times TT winner Michael Dunlop, Honda Racing’s David Johnson are also confirmed entries, but at present they are yet to announce their machines of choice for the Senior class which is certain to produce thrilling, captivating, close fought, intriguing competitive action at the 2019 Classic TT Races.

Words by Stevie Rial

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