Manx GP Preview Part 5 – Senior Race

Manx GP Preview Part 5 – Senior Race
As with all classes at this year’s Manx Grand Prix, the Supersport machinery focused Senior race features a mix of rising talents, established front running forces, event stalwarts and overseas heroes.

2019 Junior race runner-up, No.1 plate holder Stephen Smith is widely tipped to secure feature race honours.

Fresh from participating at Horice, ‘Little Slip’ is set to line-up aboard Kawasaki tackle for reigning yesteryear Superbike Classic victors Alasdair Cowan Racing.

Others in firm contention for notable finishes include fellow ‘Tommy Club’ member Dan Ingham, Andrew Fisher, Tom Robinson.

David McConnachy (Peter Dobson Racing), Michael Rees, Arnie Shelton and reigning Newcomers A race runner-up Sam Mousley.

Leading Isle of Man challengers include event returnees TC Racing’s Dean Osborne and Jamie Williams (JLG Racing/NCE Racing).

Both riders will have large support in abundance for their latest MGP campaigns, as will fellow countryman Marc Colvin and newcomers Paul Cassidy, Peoples Bike Team’s Frankie Stennett.

There’s also a strong overseas contingent which includes Victor Lopez Santos (Spain), Junior race No.1 plate holder Francesco Curinga (Italy), Victor Ortega Perez (Spain), VRS Racing’s Adam Bauer (USA), French newcomers Amalric Blanc, Yann Galli.

Additional experienced roads forces entered include Justin Collins, Rad Hughes (RAF Motorsports), Paul Gartland, Chris Cook, Jack Fowler, Gaz Evans.

Plus, Southern 100 front runner Don Gilbert, Emmett Burke, Nigel Rea, Shaun Evans, Mike Mace, Olivers Mount Scarborough regular Paul Marley and Kevin Barsby (Sally Nunn Racing/Michelin).

Since the Manx Grand Prix first started in 1930, a who’s who of road racing has won the coveted Senior race title.

At a glance just some of the famous names to have won the blue riband MGP race include Ryan Farquhar, John Simpson, Geoff Duke, Malachi Mitchell Thomas, Tom Weeden, Nathan Harrison and the much-missed Davy Morgan.

In recent times the lap speeds within the traditionally four lap long race, have sky rocketed with various 120,121,122 mph laps recorded plus overall pace that would have contended for top 15, top 18 finishes within the Supersport encounters at the TT Races.

As long as conditions are spot on and the competitors are in the right frame of mind, expect more great lap speeds, soaring pace at this years’ Manx GP.

Photo’s by Nick Wheeler, Mark Corlett

Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou
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