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Formula 1 Classic TT – Preview

Anticipation is building ahead of the 2015 formula 1 classic TT.

Bruce Anstey is regarded by many people as the pre race favourite, as he pilots the same Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Motorcycles YZR 500 Yamaha that propelled him to formula 1 classic TT victory in 2014.

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Bruce is confident that the YZR 500 Yamaha is capable of 127,128 mph laps around the mountain course. It’s already been a memorable year on the most famous road racing circuit in the world, for the pure road racing legend.

TT 2015 saw the Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Motorcycles rider, clinch for the first time RST superbike TT victory, following a race record breaking performance. Second place finishes where sealed in Monster Energy supersport and TT zero races.

Team mate Dan Kneen is looking forward to piloting OW01 Yamaha machinery, as he bids for a result of the highest quality.

Team classic Suzuki has an all star line up which comprises of 11 times TT winner Michael Dunlop and recent hat trick hero at the Ulster Grand Prix, Lee Johnston.

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Both riders start amongst the pre race favourites, as does eighth fastest rider in TT history, Peter Hickman.

Competing on one of Mistral Racing’s ZXR 750 Kawasaki’s Hicky has the proven quality to push for podium placing or better.

Mistral Racing team mate Jamie Coward has recorded this season victories in classic formula 1 races at pre TT classic races and Cock Of The North Road Races.

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Tipped to become a TT winner in the future, Jamie is confident of achieving an eye catching result.

Third member of the Mistral Racing team is Mark Miller, who produced a fantastic performance in this year’s lightweight TT, finishing an excellent eighth.

Fourth place finisher in 2014 superstock TT David Johnson and two time Macau Grand Prix runner up Martin Jessopp, lead team York Suzuki’s challenge.

Both riders are getting quicker and quicker at TT Races, in team York Suzuki’s they have the ideal machinery to push for top quality finishes.

Barry Sheene Trophy winner Dean Harrison has the undoubted talent to be one of the riders to beat in formula 1 classic TT, as he competes on Steelcote Solutions Ltd 750 Kawasaki.

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Fellow lightweight TT winner Ivan Lintin joins Dean in the Steelcote Solutions Ltd team, already a four times international road race winner, it wouldn’t be a surprise to anyone if Ivan records podium finish or better.

2015 senior TT runner up James Hillier is all set for his first pure road racing action since his quite memorable TT 2015. As in 2014 James is competing on Greenall Racing Kawasaki, as he looks for another world class result.

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Joining James in the Greenall Racing Kawasaki team is recent leading newcomer at the Ulster Grand Prix, Horst Saiger.

A combination everyone is looking forward to watching is William Dunlop piloting National Motorcycle Museum backed rotary Norton.

This combination will evoke many memories for people who watched William’s dad Robert Dunlop when he competed for Norton in the early 1990’s around the mountain course.

National Motorcycle Museum team are aiming for a top three finish, if this goal is achieved it will be one of the most popular results at the 2015 Classic TT Races.

Team Winfield’s charge is lead by seven times Duke Road Race Rankings champion Ryan Farquhar and two time TT winner Gary Johnson, competing on 1100 Harris Yamaha’s.

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Added quality to the entry list is added by TT privateers champion Dan Cooper, Silicone Engineering Racing’s Russ Mountford, Ben Wylie, Paul Shoesmith, Top Gun Racing’s AJ Venter, Wiz Norton Racing’s Richard Wilson and Timothee Monot.

Michael Rutter competes for the first time in formula 1 classic TT, piloting a replica of the same F1 Ducati that his dad Tony took to third place finish in 1984 formula 1 TT.

Highly respected TT competitor Dan Stewart has the credentials to chalk up notable result on Wilcock Consulting Kawasaki.

As do 500 classic TT winner Olie Linsdell, Kiaran Hankin, Davy Morgan, Neal Champion, Adrian Harrison, Wayne Axon, Jack Hunter, Ben Rea, Nigel Rea and Anthony Redmond.

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Multiple riders are capable of winning the 2015 formula 1 classic TT, the stage is set for a thrilling race between TT winners, established pure road racing stars, rising stars, well respected competitors and classic racing specialists.

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