Just under five days till competitive action begins on the fabled, mythical Mountain Course, the seeded starters for the four lap RST Superbike Classic TT, have been officially confirmed.
2017 TT Privateers Champion Horst Saiger competing again under the Greenall Racing banner, piloting high spec ZXR 750 Kawasaki machinery, retains the coveted number 1 plate.
Photo by Mark Corlett
Next up on the entry list behind the hugely popular Saiger, is reigning two time Superbike Classic race winner Dean Harrison.
The Dunlop Senior TT winner, who recently finished runner-up in all three Superbike races at the FonaCAB Ulster Grand Prix, like the bulk of the anticipated class front runners is ZXR 750 Kawasaki mounted.
Next up on the entry list behind Silicone Engineering Racing’s Harrison is Mistral Racing supported Paul Jordan, whilst plate number four is held by sole Team Winfield class representative, seven times TT victor Michael Rutter.
Five plate holder behind fellow modern day TT great Rutter is 14 times TT podium finisher, Oxford Products Ducati/louigi Moto backed James Hillier.
Plate numbers six to ten are held respectively by 19 times TT winner Michael Dunlop (6), Team York Suzuki’s Gary Johnson (7), PreZ Racing/Kraus Racing’s Jamie Coward (8), Australian TT star David Johnson (9) who forms part of a two strong Team ACR (Alasdair Cowan Racing) challenge and Manx star, Milenco by Padgetts Conor Cummins (10).
New Mistral Racing signing Michael Sweeney (11), Immingham’s Craig Neve (12), Sam West (13), IRRC Superbike series leader, OW01 Yamaha mounted Davey Todd (14), Irish Road Race Superbike Champion Derek Sheils (15) round out the first 15 starters.
The final remaining seeded competitors for this month’s RST Superbike Classic TT are Team Classic Suzuki’s Phil Crowe (16) & Danny Webb (17), Steelcote Solutions supported Rob Hodson (18), new Wilcock Consulting Racing signing Joe Thompson (19) and DP Coldplaning/TC Racing’s Julian Trummer (20).
Words by Stevie Rial