Set to have the honour of leading away this month’s Dunlop Lightweight Classic Manx Grand Prix, perennial paddock favourite Dominic Herbertson has been recently unveiled as the number one plate holder for the two-stroke machinery based encounter.
Due to race RS 250 Honda tackle for John Chapman Racing, he’s not to be discounted from contending for the rostrum.
Next up on the entry list behind former Junior Classic winner Herbertson is ten times TT winner Ian Lougher.
The Welsh roads great competes again for Laylaw Racing, piloting yellow, black liveried TZ 250 Yamaha machinery.
2018 class winner Lee Johnston (Ashcourt Racing) goes at three whilst the four plate have been assigned to Duke Road Race Rankings Champion Michael Sweeney (John Chapman Racing).
Next racer set to power down Bray Hill is high-profile 250 racing returnee, 21 times TT winner Michael Dunlop (6).
Irish Road Race 125/Moto 3 Champion Michael Browne carries the seven-plate whilst start numbers eight, nine and ten are respectively held by Adam McLean, podium finisher from 2019 Jim Hind (Dennis Trollope Racing) and 2013 Lightweight TT victor James Hillier.
11 plate holder Goole’s Phil Harvey (CSC Racing) has the credentials to score a notable finish as does 12 plate holder, Sidecar TT great Dan Sayle.
Wrapping up the first twenty starters are Pierre Yves Bian (14), two stroke specialists Chris Moore (15), Rhys Hardisty (16).
Mountain Course racing stalwart Dave Hewson (17), Pete Boast (18), Richard Parker (19) and Will Loder (20).
Dunlop Lightweight Classic Manx Grand Prix – start numbers re-cap:
1 – Dominic Herbertson
2 – Ian Lougher
3 – Lee Johnston
4 – Michael Sweeney
6 – Michael Dunlop
7 – Michael Browne
8 – Adam McLean
9 – Jim Hind
10 – James Hillier
11 – Phil Harvey
12 – Dan Sayle
14 – Pierre Yves Bian
15 – Chris Moore
16 – Rhys Hardisty
17 – Dave Hewson
18 – Pete Boast
19 – Richard Parker
20 – Will Loder
Photo credit: Mark Corlett
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou