Manx Grand Prix 2012 – newcomers race preview
The newcomers race this year at the Manx Grand Prix sees over 50 newcomers take part in their first race over the world famous mountain course based event. One of the favorites for the event must be reigning British supersport cup champion and European superstock 600 championship rider John Simpson. John who will be racing a Splitlath Redmond motorsport backed Triumph 675 Daytona for his debut around the mountain course has most recently retained his Welsh open title at the Abedare park road races and is looking forward to the Manx Grand Prix for this year.
Five International road racing championship riders will make their debut in the newcomers race they are from the Netherlands Peter Heijmans and Michael Hoffman, from Germany Thomas Gottschalk , Thilo Haefele and Rene Scheuren, plus finally from the Czech Republic seasoned road racer Kamil Holan. All five of these riders has the potential to succeed in being not only top Manx Grand Prix but also be top TT riders. Other overseas riders entered include from the Faroe Islands Terje Joensen who will take part in the newcomers B race.
Brother of Dean Harrison, Adrian Harrison will make his Manx Grand Prix debut on the Printing roller services Kawasaki ER6 plus fellow newcomers Sam Middlemas, Jamie Hodson, Oliver Dupuy and John Aitken will all aim to impress on their Manx Grand Prix debuts. One of the lead riders in the newcomers B race is Andrew Dudgeon from the Isle of Man who will ride a Martin Bullock Manxsport sponsored Kawasaki ER6 who along with the likes of Mark Shields, Adrian Morris and Colin Stephenson will be all aiming for top results in the newcomers B race.
The newcomers C race line up is lead by Oliver’s Mount specialist James Cowton. James who this season has impressed at the Southern 100 and the Cock of the north road races will race a Honda 400 in the newcomers C class. Also entered as a newcomer this year is Renzo Van Der Donckt from Belgium who has been a podium finisher in the 125 class at the North West 200 and will race a 125 in his debut at the Manx Grand Prix this year. As always the Manx Grand Prix brings through many up and coming to the world famous Isle of Man TT course and this year is no different with all the top newcomers entered.