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Southern 100 Preview – Part 3 – Solo Championship

Guy Martin goes into the 2015 Southern 100 targeting his fourth solo championship victory.

The Tyco BMW rider most recently at TT 2015 became the fourth fastest rider in TT history following lap speed of 132.398 set during senior TT.

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Having secured back to back solo championship victories in 2013 and 2014, hugely popular Guy is confident of more success around Billown.

Alongside series of quality results at TT 2015 Guy enjoyed ultra impressive early season form sealing feature race victories at Spring Cup National Road Races, Cookstown 100.

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Tyco BMW team mate William Dunlop has showed strong pace all year on BMW Motorrad machinery.

Irish road race superbike championship leader William has the undoubted ability, speed and accomplished skill to record solo championship victory.

As does Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Motorcycles Dan Kneen.

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Reigning Irish road race superbike champion Dan showed top class form during TT 2015, in the Pokerstars senior TT he joined the 130 mph club.

The second place finisher in last year’s senior race around Billown is set to lead Honda’s challenge at the 60th friendly races.

Five times in a week winner during 2014 Southern 100 Dean Harrison is optimistic he has the package to push for solo championship success.

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Photo by Rod Neill

Dean has shown this season world class form on Mar Train Racing R1M Yamaha’s in superstock/superbike trim.

It’s difficult to say how competitive the new R1M Yamaha will be around Billown, but one thing’s for sure it wouldn’t surprise anyone if Dean was to be triumphant in the blue riband race of the meeting.

Current Duke Road Race Rankings championship leader Ivan Lintin is amongst the most in form pure road racers worldwide.

RC Express Racing’s ZX10R Kawasaki superbike is proven at the Southern 100 following 600/1000, senior race successes in 2014.

It’s set to be the ideal machinery for Ivan which is set to put him in the mix for podium finish or better.

Silicone Engineering Racing’s Russ Mountford has in recent years recorded many a high quality result at the Castletown based meeting.

Sixth place finisher in last year’s solo championship is all set to compete on a high spec ZX10R Kawasaki as he challenges for a result of the highest quality.

Winner of superbike race at the post TT races Ryan Kneen and the Charmer Builders Kawasaki could cause many a surprise or two.

Whilst amongst leading supersport 600 mounted riders is 2014 Duke Road Race Rankings champion James Cowton.

Piloting his own teams CBR 600 Honda James has once again shown this season why he is considered a TT winner in the making.

Wins at Spring Cup National Road Races, pre TT classic races, post TT races, plus fourth place finish in lightweight TT have been amongst the main highlights so far.

Rising road racing star Jamie Coward competing on Horizon Distribution backed CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade, cannot be discounted from recording a standout result.

As can’t Davy Morgan, Mark Parrett, Ice Valley Racing’s Paul Shoesmith, 2010 senior Manx Grand Prix winner Simon Fulton, Colin Stephenson.

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2014 newcomers A Manx Grand Prix winner Billy Redmayne competing on Martin Bullock Manxsport GSX-R 750 Suzuki is another rider highly capable of securing a top class finish.

Further quality to the entry list is added by Frank Gallagher, Paul Smyth, Thomas Gottschalk.

Newcomers entered include ILR/Downshift Motorsport’s Dan Hegarty 13th place finisher in 2015 RST superbike TT.

Rob Hodson third place finisher in 2014 senior Manx Grand Prix, Jamie Hodson highly accomplished competitor at the Manx Grand Prix.

Plus recent sixth place finisher in TT zero Michael Sweeney, who is battling back to fitness following incident in Monster Energy supersport race two at TT 2015.

The two time junior Manx Grand Prix winner is set to compete on Martin Jones Racing ZX10R Kawasaki.

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Photo by Louis Porter

With lap speeds going up year on year around Billown, could we see a 115 mph lap for the first time at the Southern 100?

This year’s solo championship could well provide what would be an historic moment for the worldwide popular meeting which celebrates it’s 60th anniversary.

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