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Classic TT Preview – Part 1 – Senior Race

It’s set to be Italian national anthems to the fore in the 2017 Senior Classic TT, with series of immaculate MV Agusta’s anticipated by many to dominate the four lap race.

Black Eagle Racing have a truly world class line up, with newly crowned world’s fastest road racer Dean Harrison joined by Lee Johnston and 15 times TT winner Michael Dunlop set to pilot the outfit’s proven MV Agusta’s.

Photo by Jim Gibson

Targeting a hat trick of Classic TT titles, Mark Kay’s team look formidable but as has been proven on a number of occasions, nothing is a certainty when it comes to victories on the Mountain Course.

It has to be said though, it would come as a surprise to a fare few if one of the Black Eagle MV racers doesn’t stand on the top step of the podium.

Leading challengers to the great sounding MV machines include the equalling rasping 500 Paton’s piloted by the likes of Classic TT debutant, Josh Brookes.

Stepping into the Team Winfield fold replacing the injured John McGuinness, the former British Superbike champion is hugely looking forward to his first taste of classic roads action.

Given his lack of experience on 500 classic machinery, it’s difficult to state how competitive Josh will be, one things for sure though he has the sheer determination, proven pace and ability to contend at minimum for a podium finish.

Added Paton mounted riders to keep an eye on include third place finisher last year, Maria Costello MBE and the vastly experienced Bill Swallow.

Photo by Nick Wheeler

Outside of the Italian marques, Lightweight TT winner Michael Rutter piloting the Ripley Land Racing G50 Seeley is a definite dark horse for honours.

Aiming to become the first single cylinder mounted rider to lap the Mountain Course at over 110 mph, he could well run the highly fancied MV’s close.

Honda’s challenge is lead by Davies Motorsport who’s silver, red and yellow 500 steeds are piloted by classic racing specialist Alan Oversby, 2015 Duke Road Race Rankings champion William Dunlop and rising roads star Dominic Herbertson.

Photo by Jim Gibson

Additional notable entrants include, twice TT Privateers Championship runner up Jamie Coward on the Craven Manx Norton, Egli Vincent mounted Horst Saiger, Michael Russell, Olie Linsdell, Hefyn Owen and Classic TT newcomer the highly rated Adam McLean.

Words by Stevie Rial

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