Current Irish Road Race Senior Support Champion, Ballymoney’s Tommy Henry who placed 11th within the Newcomers A MGP of 2016, is the next competitor to take part in Road Racing News rising in popularity, Manx GP Top 6 series.
Four times a top 35 finisher at last year’s Manx GP, his answers to the Mountain Course themed set of questions are as follows:
Q1: When you first competed at the Manx, what was your first initial thought of the Mountain Course?
“First thoughts of the Mountain Course were how wide the roads were and also how bumpy it was. Also how long the bikes were flat out for, was something I hadn’t experienced before.”
Q2: Most memorable Manx GP bike?
“I’ve only rode 3 different bikes on the Mountain Course but my favourite would have to be my own 600 R6 (Yamaha) I’m currently competing on.”
Q3: Most treasured memory from the Manx?
“Most treasured memory would be an evening practice session from 2017, I had just done 2 laps on the 600 and was heading out on the twin when my good friend Michael Dunlop pulled up and started beside me on a 500 MV (Agusta).
Twin had a wee bit more top speed but what an education in corner speed for the whole lap right back to the Grandstand. I actually thought he’d forgot about Greeba Castle he was so deep!”
Q4: Is there one specific Manx GP competitor that you look up to?
“I respect anyone who makes the effort and sits on the start line of the Mountain Course.”
Photo by Nick Wheeler
Q5: Describe the Manx GP in one word?
Q6: Finally, if you could race one machine from any series, championship around the Mountain Course, what would it be?
“My own RS250 Honda, would be nice to have a spin around on it one year. If the 6 numbers ever come up will maybe see about making that happen.”
Words by Stevie Rial