Road Racing News

The Story Behind The Picture: Malachi Mitchell Thomas – 2015 Senior Manx GP Victory Celebration

Today’s featured image in Road Racing News, The Story Behind The Picture series celebrates the achievements of one of in my opinion the most naturally talented road racers of modern times, the late but great Malachi Mitchell Thomas.

Malachi’s finest hour in terms of Mountain Course competition arose in 2015, at the Manx Grand Prix when he emerged victorious in a quite, enthralling, gripping Senior race, along the way setting a new outright event lap record of 122.221 mph.

Holding off the tenacious, firm challenge from respected rival Billy Redmayne, you could sense in the winners enclosure how meant Senior Manx GP success meant, as he established his name in Manx Grand Prix folklore.

Speaking to Malachi after his tumultuous achievements, I can remember him stating to me, that he felt he could have upped his pace further on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki. I also remember thinking when chatting to him, that he had a wise head on young shoulders.

You here nigh on everyday in all sports, the term naturally talented, well in Malachi the term was applicable and some.

A top six finisher on his Southern 100 debut, there was something unique about him, I wouldn’t say a sixth sense for racing on the roads, but more just raw talent, raw pace, raw ability, combined with a living life to the full attitude.

In his short time racing on the roads, he left a legacy that’s never forgotten and one that will be forever remembered by the pure road racing fraternity in the UK, the Isle of Man and worldwide.

Words by Stevie Rial

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