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Rising Forces/Newcomers Announce Manx GP Start Numbers

Rising forces a plenty and multiple newcomers have recently announced their start numbers, for the 2017 Manx Grand Prix.

Notable start numbers confirmed for the Newcomers A race, include Dan Beighton who has the honour of leading the race away, holding the number one plate aboard his own teams Kawasaki.

Irish road race 400 championship leader Darryl Tweed carries the number 4 plate, whilst continental European newcomers Maurizio Bottalico (No.19), Hubert Kalthuber (No.23) and Ramon Basomba (No.24) all have the pedigree to enjoy prodigious Manx debuts.

Photo by Jim Gibson

Reigning Newcomers A winner Michael Evans, competing this year under the Martin Bullock Manxsport banner, has some in my opinion quite bizarre race numbers, 17 for the Junior race and 53 for the Senior.

I state the word bizarre cause Michael is tipped by many, to contend for Junior/Senior success, as is Darren Cooper.

“Coops” is definitely one to watch, same applies to Richard Charlton eighth away, whilst additional notable riders to confirm their race numbers have included Royce Rowe (No.5), Tom Robinson (No.12), Peter Wilkinson (No.16), Wayne Humble (No.22), Rodger Wibberley (No.33) and New Zealand’s Rob Whittall (No.35).

Jonathan Perry leads away the Lightweight race, which boasts a high quality entry which includes McKinstry Racing’s Jamie Williams (No.14), Rad Hughes (No.18), Nick Anderson (No.38) and two of the anticipated leading 400 mounted riders Dan Ingham (No.46) and Gavin Brown (No.54).

Announced 2017 Manx Grand Prix start numbers per class, are as follows:

Newcomers A

1 Dan Beighton
4 Darryl Tweed
16 David McConnachy
19 Maurizio Bottalico
22 Andy Hayes
23 Hubert Kalthuber
24 Ramon Basomba
25 Daryl Dorlich
31 Mike Norbury

Junior

3 Darren Cooper
5 Royce Rowe
8 Richard Charlton
11 Jonathan Perry
12 Tom Robinson
16 Peter Wilkinson
17 Michael Evans
22 Wayne Humble
23 Jamie Williams
24 Justin Collins
32 Damian Horan
33 Rodger Wibberley
35 Rob Whittall
36 Rad Hughes
50 Nick Anderson
52 Leon Murphy
66 Callum Ward
68 Stuart Bedford
75 Sarah Boyes
89 Andy Hayes
90 Hubert Kalthuber

Lightweight

1 Jonathan Perry
3 Darren Cooper
4 Richard Charlton
5 Royce Rowe
12 Peter Wilkinson
14 Jamie Williams
18 Rad Hughes
23 Rob Whittall
38 Nick Anderson
46 Dan Ingham
54 Gavin Brown
62 Tommy Henry
63 Kevin Barsby

Senior

3 Darren Cooper
5 Royce Rowe
8 Richard Charlton
11 Jonathan Perry
12 Tom Robinson
16 Peter Wilkinson
22 Wayne Humble
24 Justin Collins
28 Jamie Williams
32 Damian Horan
33 Rodger Wibberley
35 Rob Whittall
36 Rad Hughes
50 Nick Anderson
53 Michael Evans
66 Callum Ward
68 Stuart Bedford
75 Tommy Henry
77 Gavin Brown
82 Darryl Tweed
86 David McConnachy
88 Maurizio Bottalico
90 Ramon Basomba
91 Daryl Dorlich
93 Mike Norbury

Words by Stevie Rial

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