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Paul Van Der Heiden Aiming To Continue First Class Manx Form

2016 Newcomers B Manx GP race winner Paul Van Der Heiden, is planning to compete for the second time at the Manx this year, as he aims to continue his first class form around the Mountain Course.

The latest wizard of oz on the most famous road race circuit in the world, the Australian’s newcomers B success last year, raised many an eye brow or two.

This significant achievement, was backed up by a very creditable 11th, in the Super Twins race.


Photo by Nick Wheeler

Set to continue to pilot the same BJR Products/Rowe Racing backed Ducati at the 2017 Manx Grand Prix, which propelled him last year, to such significant feats, Paul has also confirmed that he is building a CBR 600RR Honda for the Junior and Senior races.

Although a newcomer to Supersport machinery on the Isle of Man’s famous roads, it would not surprise me if he is in contention for at least top ten finishes.

Joined again in the BJR Products/Rowe Racing team, for this years Manx by fellow Australian Royce Rowe, Paul’s team mate is targeting a step up to the TT Races in 2018.

Paul himself, is at present not sure as to whether he join his fellow Aussie next year, at the Isle of Man TT.

Getting back to this years Manx GP, Paul is in my opinion a contender for a podium finish, in the four lap Super Twins race.

His success on Ducati machinery in 2016, makes him already a history maker, as he is the first rider to be victorious with the iconic marque around the Mountain Course, in the 21st century.

Words by Stevie Rial

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