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Govignon Targeting Manx GP Return

Seasoned French road racer Morgan Govignon is targeting a return to Manx GP competition in 2018, having in recent times sampled the Classic TT and TT Races.

A Mountain Course newcomer in 2014, his CV to date on the most famous road racing circuit in the world, includes a 23rd place finish in the 2015 Senior Manx GP.

Whilst his sole TT voyage thus far from 2016, which saw him a part of his nations premier roads team, Optimark Road Racing, yielded a brace of top fifty finishes, along the way lapping close to the 117 mph mark.

An accomplished exponent of Belgium’s Circuit De Chimay, he captured the imagination of many at April’s Bob Smith Spring Cup National Road Races at Oliver’s Mount, with his great sounding R100RS 1000 BMW, which he took to a very creditable fifth place finish in the opening Classic Superbike/Formula II race.

Set to pilot next year a ZX6R Kawasaki, he’s planning to return to Scarborough for the two day Spring Cup meeting, alongside a first trip to the Cookstown 100 and sampling again the Classic TT.

Looking towards his prospective Manx GP participation, he has the core roads craft, Mountain Course experience and proven pace to be in my opinion a definite contender for at minimum top ten finishes in the Junior and Senior races.

Words by Stevie Rial