Joining on Tuesday afternoon the likes of Michael Dunlop, Ian Hutchinson and Ryan Farquhar to have become a Newcomers A Manx GP champion, next generation Irish roads talent Thomas Maxwell reflected yesterday on what’s been overall a quite stellar maiden Manx GP campaign.
Third within the Open, Grand Final races at Walderstown, plus a rostrum finisher at the newly reincarnated Enniskillen Road Races, Maxwell took his impressive Irish roads form to the Mountain Course, emerging on top in a quite dramatic Newcomers A race.
Photo by Nick Wheeler
Speaking yesterday after finishing a very respectable 16th, lead newcomer within the Mylchreests Junior race, the amiable Irishman summed up his tumultuous 2018 Manx GP tenure:
“Delighted, that’s what I came here to do, I wanted to win the Newcomers A and be the first newcomer home in the Junior race, that’s what I did today.
The Junior I was treating as a learning race, got 16th could have done a lot better but kind of just wanted to learn my way round and come home first newcomer.
The lack of practice didn’t help, I got a 116 lap, I was kind of hoping I would get near the 118 mph mark, the lack of practice didn’t help as I say, over the moon though, came here done what I wanted to do.”
When posed the question about how his experience on the Irish roads, has helped in learning the fabled Mountain Course, Mullingar’s Maxwell who’s set to conclude his roads season next month at the East Coast Racing Festival, stated:
“It does in parts cause your used to riding in between stuff. But actually in the Newcomers race I got lost completely, I didn’t know what pace to set, I went out there and I couldn’t get going at all in the Newcomers race.
In the mass starts at home you’ve people around you, your able to get going, I’d say if you did a bit of road racing and a lot of fast short circuits that’s what you really need to be doing for prep here.”
Already looking forward to returning to the Manx next year, he’s got an eye on contending for Junior, Senior class victories:
“It would be nice to win the Junior and Senior, hopefully come back hopefully with a better bike or just upgrade this a bit more (own teams YZF R6 Yamaha), I’ll definitely be back next year.”
Words by Stevie Rial