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Manx Grand Prix 2015 – Newcomers Preview

Almost 70 riders are set to make their debuts on the mountain course, at the 2015 Manx Grand Prix.

Newcomers A

Amongst multiple talented riders competing in newcomers A race include, recent 20th place finisher in Ulster Grand Prix feature superbike race, Darren Cooper.

Darren is all set for action on his own teams ZX6R Kawasaki. A highly accomplished competitor around Oliver’s Mount he has all the credentials to gel quickly with the most famous road racing circuit in the world.


Same applies to Irish road race 250 championship leader Neil Kernohan. Neil is competing for highly respected Logan Racing outfit on R6 Yamaha machinery.

For Neil making his Manx Grand Prix debut, marks the biggest moment so far of his pure road racing career. Two time podium finisher at the Ulster Grand Prix has the proven ability to seal podium finish or better in newcomers A race.

Steven Procter is another rider more than capable of standing on the podium. Steven has an excellent record in pure road racing, securing top quality results around Oliver’s Mount.

This year’s Skerries Road Races saw him victorious in senior support race, following an excellent all round performance.

Don Gilbert is confident of securing an eye catching result. Piloting Ravenol High Performance Lubricants backed R6 Yamaha, Don showed good form at season opening Spring Cup National Road Races at Oliver’s Mount.

Top three finisher around the mount, has the determination, pace and speed to push for race victory.


Barry Evans impressed many on his Oliver’s Mount debut at the Spring Cup National Road Races. For his Manx GP debut Barry is piloting Infront Motorcycles backed ZX6R Kawasaki.

He is hugely looking forward to competing for the first time, at one of pure road racing’s most historic and iconic meetings.

Matt Mylchreest is tipped to impress as is Damian Horan, Christian Hirsch, Nicolas Pautet, Chris White, Frederic Besnard, Trevor Matthewson, Yvan Cardona, Rochet Rodolphe and Stuart Bedford.

Further quality to the entry list is added by Dennis Hoffer, Daniel Anderson, Sjak Van Dijk, Paul Swords, Peter Wilkinson, Rob Whittall and Luke Collins nephew of established Manx GP competitor Justin Collins.

Successful TT Races team PRF Racing is represented in newcomers race by Dean Court, tipped by many to be amongst the front runners.

Dean is GSX-R 600 Suzuki mounted as he makes his pure road racing debut, on the mountain course.

John Chiodi, Ashley Blake, Ross Orchard, Tom Palmer, Erik Kjuus, Mike Vincent, Dimitrios Vamvas, George Lawson and Ben Warmington all make their pure road racing debuts.

Where all set a highly compelling 2015 newcomers A Manx Grand Prix. All the riders as mentioned above are accomplishing life time’s ambitions of competing on the most iconic of all road racing circuit’s.

Newcomers B

International road race winning team Mckinstry Racing have a three rider line up for newcomers B race.

Which includes James Chawke who made his pure road racing debut at the 2013 Scarborough gold cup, Ian Soilleux and Matteo Bardelli.


All three riders have top class machinery, as they bid for results of the highest quality.

Currently holding top six placing in Irish road race senior support championship, Ryan Maher has the roads experience to adapt quickly to the mountain course.

Same applies to Sean Connolly and Tommy Heaphy both tipped to impress.

Martimoto’s backed Victor Lopez is the first rider from Spain to compete on the 37 and three quarters miles course since Antonio Maeso at TT 2013.

ER6 Kawasaki mounted Victor is more than capable of causing a surprise or two, as is Sam Cross who has been aiming for multiple years to compete at the Manx Grand Prix.

Australia’s Royce Rowe is 650 Ducati mounted, Gary Vines is two stroke mounted, whilst Harley Prebble, Peter Moore, James Robertson all make their pure road racing debut’s.

Added quality to the entry list is provided by Japan’s Yoshihiro Kishimoto and Phil Walters.

Newcomers C

Standout entries for newcomers C race include 14th place finisher in 2014 Irish road race 400 championship, Derek Wilkie.

Derek has the experience, pace, pure road racing craft to push for podium finish.


Masayuki Yamanaka is a highly accomplished racer who has competed high profile events such as the Suzuka eight hours.

Masayuki is 400 Honda mounted as he bids to for a world class result.

Jenice Lehmann wife of fellow of Manx GP competitor Colin Lehmann is more than capable of securing a standout result.

Same applies to Mark Purslow, Philip Munday, Keith Terry, Michel Guillet and Yuri Barrigan.

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