Richard Charlton stepped up a level around the Mountain Course, at the 2016 Manx Grand Prix, as he produced series of impressive performances.
Finishing overall third quickest during practice week, in the Junior class, expectations where high for the four lap Junior encounter, as he piloted the CPL Products backed YZF R6 Yamaha.
He went onto finish a highly creditable seventh, finishing the leading Yamaha mounted competitor.
Next race on the horizon was the Super Twins. Following one of the best rides of his Manx GP career to date, Richard finished an excellent sixth finishing in front of many a rising roads star.
Photo by Nick Wheeler
His race week concluded with 14th position in the blue riband Senior encounter, which saw him lap close to the 118 mph mark, following lap speed of 117.585 mph set on the fourth and final lap.
Commenting on his Facebook page, Richard summed up his 2016 Manx GP campaign:
“Had a mega time at Manx this year, had an absolute mint practice week with a best lap of 118.7 and had a 112 lap on the twin.
7th in junior, 6th in the twin’s race but struggled in senior to 14th. Bit disappointed with results as wasn’t comfortable in damp patches but I no I can do the times just need to work on my races.
Massive thanks to grant Grant Wag Wagstaff, cpl products, Tony Angus Charlton, Michelin Merlin Sidecars and all personal sponsors. Roll on next year.”
Words by Stevie Rial