Despite damp, wet conditions greeting competitors at the start of the 2015 junior Manx Grand Prix, a thrilling race was witnessed by everyone around the mountain course, as three of pure road racing’s fastest rising stars battled for race victory.
End of lap one saw Billy Redmayne hold 7.978 seconds lead over Rob Hodson, whilst Malachi Mitchell Thomas in third, was’nt far behind.
Following pit stops at end of opening lap, it was all change at the front at Glen Helen on lap two, as Malachi Mitchell Thomas went into race lead by two seconds over Billy Redmayne, Rob Hodson was in third place on PRF Racing GSX-R 600 Suzuki.
Mitchell Thomas on Silicone Engineering Racing ZX6R Kawasaki continued to lead through Ballaugh Bridge, Ramsey Hairpin, Bungalow, but then drama struck as he stopped at Cronk Ny Mona, following overheating issues over the mountain.
Despite this he still held third place by end of lap two, but over fourteen seconds behind Billy Redmayne who was back into race lead, Rob Hodson moved into second, as we entered, what would prove to be a memorable third lap.
Photo by Louis Porter
Positions within the top three on final lap remained the same at Glen Helen, Ballaugh Bridge, Malachi Mitchell Thomas was back into second at Ramsey Hairpin but 10.551 seconds behind the race leader.
Rob Hodson was first rider to finish the race, as he sealed third place finish on PRF Racing GSX-R 600 Suzuki, but close behind him was Billy Redmayne who just held onto secure a popular junior Manx Grand Prix victory.
It’s the rising pure road racing star’s second Manx GP victory, Malachi Mitchell Thomas finished in second place just 1.893 seconds behind, following a stunning final lap.
Malachi’s lap speed on final lap was 120.565 mph, which is a new lap record for junior Manx GP class.
Andy Dudgeon piloting Slick Bass backed GSX-R 600 Suzuki finished an excellent fourth, showcasing his quality around the mountain course.
David Sellers competing on his own teams 675 Daytona Triumph, finished in fifth place.
Top six was finalised by Jamie Hodson, whilst Karl Foster impressed with seventh place finish.
Tom Weeden in eighth, recorded a new personal best Manx GP finish, following a highly accomplished display on his own teams 675 Daytona Triumph.
Davey Lambert was ninth as Andy Farrell on Network 2000 backed R6 Yamaha concluded the top ten finishers.
Further stand out performances included Rhys Hardisty in 14th, Gareth Evans in 19th, Tommaso Totti in 21st and Allan Brodie in 30th.
It’s great to see new talent on the mountain course, junior Manx GP podium finishers, Billy Redmayne, Malachi Mitchell Thomas and Rob Hodson, all have the potential to enjoy highly successful TT Races careers.