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Overseas TT Heroes: Rafael Paschoalin

A history maker at TT 2013, becoming the first Brazilian racer to compete at the TT Races, Rafael Paschoalin is another prime example of an overseas TT hero from the current decade.

Prior to first tackling the TT in 2013, Paschoalin enjoyed productive maiden North West 200, Macau Grand Prix ventures in 2012, along the way impressing various established International roads greats.

Moving onto his first TT expedition, Sao Paulo’s Paschoalin despite gaining minimal track time during practice week thanks to persistent inclement weather, went onto give a good account of himself within race week, lapping at over the 111 mph lap mark plus registering a top 50 finish in the six lap Superbike encounter.

Continuing his solid progress around the fabled, mythical Mountain Course, TT 2014 which saw him compete under the Santa Cruz Racing banner would yield a lap speed over the 117 mph lap mark, plus a second top 50 placing, this time achieved within the blue riband Pokerstars Senior race.

With two years of event experience under him, it was no surprise to see the affable Brazilian enjoy in 2015 his best TT Races voyage thus far.

39th, 37th within the Superbike, Superstock races, YZF R1M Yamaha mounted Paschoalin went onto bank a more than respectable top 30 finish in the record breaking Pokerstars Senior encounter.

Since 2015, Paschoalin’s main pure road racing activities have been in the USA, sampling the Colorado based Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Last June’s action at the world famous event that first originated in 1916, saw him join the meeting winners circle, courtesy of finishing middleweight class pace setter.

Words by Stevie Rial

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