Leading Czech road racer Veronika Hankocyova is aiming to make the most of an enterprising opportunity at this year’s Manx Grand Prix, as she pilots one of Mark Coverdale’s proven, ultra competitive S1-R Paton’s.
As shown at the North West 200, TT Races, Ulster Grand Prix the Paton is a truly top draw machine and the opportunity to compete on such an iconic steed, proved to good a prospect for the former Super Twins class victor at Dymokury to turn down.
“When I heard Mark Coverdale, the Paton owner, Ian Lougher that they have no riders for the Manx and that the Paton is free, I did not hesitate for a moment.
We just talked on the phone that’s why I didn’t want to post this information much in advance, so I wouldn’t be disappointed if it didn’t work out.
I’m excited to try this wonderful machine, I’m just a little scared that I haven’t had the chance to try it somewhere sooner and I will compete on it for the first time, in the first Manx GP practice session.”
Photo courtesy of Veronika Hankocyova
She went onto add:
“If something doesn’t suit me, I’ll have to wait sixty miles before I finish the lap, but I honestly don’t care.
The philosophy of the team is that the rider is to return home, with great memories, results are second-rate, so I only put the pressure on myself, but I still have the goal to improve from last year when I secured an average speed of 104.7 miles per hour.”
Veronika, partner Michal ‘Indi’ Dokoupil, over 100 racers are set to weather permitting, marshal numbers permitting take to the Mountain Course this evening, with competitive action scheduled to get underway from 6:20 PM.
Words by Stevie Rial