Joe Thompson ended his maiden Manx roads voyage in style, on Saturday evening, with series of ultra impressive performances, at the Post TT Races at Billown.
Gelling quickly with the hugely popular roads venue, the Yorkshireman was by a long way the standout newcomer in the Supersport and Superbike races, in wrapping up fourth and sixth place finishes.
His feats at the Castletown based meet, topped off what was a great first TT festival experience, for a rider who at only 19 years of age, already looks when you watch him on and off the bike, a seasoned professional.
As with all competitors, practice week at TT 2017, wasn’t ideal for the Team ILR racer, who was eager to rack up miles a plenty round the magical Mountain Course.
In the limited practice that he had, he more than made the most of it, session on session chipping away, gradually increasing his pace to by the end of practice week, lapping in excess of 117.2 mph.
Photo by Nick Wheeler
His first taste of TT race action in the opening Monster Energy Supersport encounter, saw Joe set an excellent new PB lap speed of 118.545 mph, on his way to a creditable 34th place finish.
With the second of the two Supersport races cancelled, this ended what was overall an extremely positive first TT campaign, for the already multiple times winner at Oliver’s Mount.
Joe’s Scarborough bound, for the next round of the Duke Road Race Rankings championship, the Cock of The North Road Races, where without a doubt, he’s capable of elite results a plenty.
Words by Stevie Rial