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Manx Grand Prix/Classic TT: News From The Paddock

As we build up to tonight’s Manx Grand Prix/Classic TT practice session, just some of the most interesting bits of news to emerge from the paddock on the Isle of Man, include that Conor Cummins is now confirmed to pilot Padgetts exotic YZR 500 Yamaha steed in Monday’s RST Superbike Classic race.

Twice Ulster GP victor Cummins tested this morning at Jurby, the iconic two stroke machine that Bruce Anstey took to class honours in 2014.

Testing alongside the Manxman was Padgetts team mate Lee Johnston, who gained extra mileage on the RS 250 Honda which he showed good form on during the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix.

Event stalwarts Mistral Racing, latest Classic TT tenure has been given an added boost with the confirmation that Davey Todd has been passed fit, for competitive action this evening.

Following a high speed incident at the Ulster GP, there was question marks with regards to rapid rising star Todd’s event participation.

Showing true grit and determination, just over a week after his misfortune at Dundrod he’s looking forward to gaining more track on the fabled Mountain Course.

Another ZXR 750 Kawasaki mounted racer making a welcome return to competition, is Derek Sheils. Out of competitive action for over a month, the highly respected Irishman joins Horst Saiger as part of the Greenall Racing part set up.

Photo by Nick Wheeler

Present yesteryear Superbike practice week pace setter Dean Harrison, looks set to remain with Silicone Engineering Racing for 2019.

Same as this year, the Bradford racer’s itinerary for 2019 is set to include the TT, North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix, plus it seems selected rounds of the British Superbike Championship.

Alongside anticipated Junior/Senior Manx GP front runners such as Dean Osborne, Darryl Tweed, Stephen Parsons, Brendan Fargher, David Lumsden, keep an eye as well on meeting returnee Morgan Govignon.

42nd, 48th within the Monster Energy Supersport races of TT 2016, the amiable Frenchman’s third Manx GP quest sees him backed by his nations leading International roads team, Optimark Road Racing.

Others to return to the Manx scene, include America’s Chris Sarbora, PRF Racing’s Ryan Maher and experienced Lincoln racer Paul Battersby.

Words by Stevie Rial

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