Japan’s Masayuki Yamanaka, as in 2015 at the Manx GP, added a touch of world class quality to the entry at this year’s meeting.
The second place finisher in last year’s Newcomers C race, began race week, with a highly respectable 26th place finish on his own teams Challenge Yamanaka 48 with Nakama CBR 600 Honda.
So onto the blue riband Senior Manx GP and a thrilling race at the front between Tom Weeden and Andy Dudgeon, would see Masayuki wrap up another 26th place finish.
Along the way he set a new personal best lap speed of 114.371 mph, as he finished in front of many experienced exponents of the Mountain Course.
It’s great to see riders like him competing at the Manx Grand Prix. He is the only competitor from Asia to compete on the most famous road racing circuit in the world in 2016.
Photo by Jim Gibson
An accomplished motorcycle racer for over 25 years, the last couple of years have seen Masayuki establish himself amongst Japan’s leading pure road racers.
Looking to the future don’t be surprised to see Masayuki in contention for more top quality results on the historic, magical and momentous Mountain Course.
Words by Stevie Rial