Going into TT 2009 there was lots of talk about the impressive line up of newcomers, taking on the fabled, mythical Mountain Course.
Amongst those tackling the illustrious, unparalleled Manx roads for the first time was ex World Supersport Championship exponent Rico Penzkofer who’s acclaimed racing CV also boasted race wins at Frohburger Dreieck and Horice, plus a rostrum finish at the Macau Grand Prix.
For his first TT tilt, Penzkofer joined forces with the Macau Grand Prix team, competing on Yamaha machinery alongside fellow newcomer Marc Fissette.
Steadily building up his confidence, pace, the opening Monster Energy Supersport encounter would see the German star finish a very respectable 33rd.
This was followed by a top 30 placing in the second middleweight class race stint, which saw Ballymoney roads legend Michael Dunlop join the TT winners circle.
Penzkofer’s second TT tenure in 2010, saw him head up a one rider factory BMW Motorrad challenge.
Continuing his solid progress, he went onto bank 17th, 12th place finishes in the showpiece Superbike, Senior races, along the way nudging close to lapping in excess of the 125 mph lap mark.
His following TT endeavours in 2011 and 2012 proved more challenging, he still showcased though his undoubted calibre, class, talent, adding three more top 36 finishes to his TT CV which now carried seven top 35 finishes.
One of Germany’s leading roads competitors of the 21st century, like various previously mentioned overseas TT heroes Rico Penzkofer has helped massively in increasing the popularity of International road racing in his home nation.
Calling time on his racing career after the 2012 Macau Grand Prix, he’s since focused on running his highly successful Penz 13.com Racing team.
Multi times IRRC Champions, his Penz 13 squad has also in recent years enjoyed TT, North West 200, Ulster GP, Macau GP podium finishes and sustained success at famous European roads circuits including Imatranajo (Finland), Circuit De Chimay (Belgium), Hengelo (Netherlands) and Terlicko (Czech Republic).
Words by Stevie Rial