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Manx Grand Prix 2016 – Tom Weeden Leaves The Best Till Last

Tom Weeden produced a quite memorable last lap, to win an enthralling 2016 Senior Manx Grand Prix.

Having trailed long time race leader Andy Dudgeon by just over nine seconds going onto the fourth and final lap, he began to reduce the Manxman’s lead by Ballaugh Bridge, moving to within 6.744 of the Junior race winner.

By Ramsey the gap was down to under 3.6 seconds, then at the Bungalow the 675 Daytona Triumph mounted rider, slotted into race lead, by just over 0.1 of a second.

Soon the lead was up to over 0.8 at Cronk Ny Mona, the stage was set for a grandstand finish.

Dudgeon on the Slick Bass backed GSX-R 600 Suzuki crossed the line lapping in excess of 120 mph, to complete his race, but had he done enough to emerge victorious.

The answer was no as Tom Weeden passed the finish line, to win by 0.674, setting a huge new personal best lap speed of 121.109 mph.


Speaking after the race Tom said, that it’s a dream come true to win at the Manx GP, plus that he gave it absolutely everything as he battled his way to a popular Senior race win.

Completing the podium finishers behind Andy Dudgeon in second place, was Joe Akroyd who backed up his third position in the Junior race, with another high quality display on the Oilee Racing GSX-R 600 Suzuki.


Richard Wilson finished an excellent fourth, whilst fifth place went the way of Michael Moulai piloting the Team Collins & Russell ZX6R Kawasaki.

Royce Rowe finalised the top six finishers, the up and coming Mountain Course exponent from Australia, was very impressive on the Les Rowe & Associates backed GSX-R 600 Suzuki.


Photo by Nick Wheeler

Darren Cooper ended his 2016 Manx GP campaign in style, finishing seventh, plus for the first time lapping in excess of 118 mph.

Additional first class performances included Tom Robinson 11th, Sean Connolly 12th, leading newcomer Julian Trummer in 13th place and fellow debutant Jamie Williams who finished a highly respectable 17th.


Photo by Jim Gibson

In my opinion the last lap of today’s Senior Manx GP produced by Tom Weeden, was overall the best lap seen during the Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling.

Once again the Manx Grand Prix, has produced good honest real racing on the Mountain Course.

The iconic meeting continues to bring through the future stars, many of them going onto become established leading competitors at the Isle of Man TT.

Having won today’s Senior race, Tom Weeden is setting his sights on his first TT Races appearance in 2017.


Established amongst pure road racing’s fastest rising stars, Tom etched his name into the history books today in adding his name to the illustrious AB Crookall trophy, award to the winner of the prestigious Senior Manx GP.

Manx Grand Prix 2016 – Senior Race Results:

1 Tom Weeden
2 Andy Dudgeon
3 Joe Akroyd
4 Richard Wilson
5 Michael Moulai
6 Royce Rowe
7 Darren Cooper
8 Davey Lambert
9 Glenn Harrison
10 David Lumsden
11 Tom Robinson
12 Sean Connolly
13 Julian Trummer
14 Richard Charlton
15 Allan Brodie
16 Peter Wilkinson
17 Jamie Williams
18 Steven Procter
19 Justin Collins
20 Jason Corcoran
21 Thomas Gottschalk
22 Murray McConnachie
23 Raul Torras Martinez
24 Paul Williams
25 Chris Cook
26 Masayuki Yamanaka
27 Rob Whittall
28 Frederic Besnard
29 Shaun Evans
30 Rad Hughes
31 Rhys Hardisty
32 Mike Minns
33 Matt Mylchreest
34 Sam Johnson
35 Victor Lopez Santos
36 Jim Barnett
37 Stephen Carmichael
38 Andy Lovett
39 Stuart Hall
40 Jason Brewster
41 Dave Taylor
42 Ian Gardner
43 Leon Murphy
44 Gaz Evans
45 Colin Croft
46 Emmett Burke
47 Iain Hill
48 Ross Orchard
49 Jason Heritage
50 Peter Creer
51 Stuart Bedford
52 Rob Mitchel-Hill
53 Sarah Boyes
54 Trevor Matthewson
55 Andreas Psychogyios
56 Bob Farrington

Words by Stevie Rial

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