When I first started, majorly covering the TT Races in 2013, the official race starter was Paul Kermode.
Up to 2022 he provided the momentous tap on the shoulder, to a who’s who of modern era Mountain Course superstars.
The RST Superbike race of TT 2022, marked his last outing in the race starter role.
Fittingly, first away from last year’s, opening big bike encounter was 23 times TT winner John McGuinness MBE.
McGuinness MBE back riding for Honda Racing, was making his 100th TT race start.
Astride a special liveried mount, featuring a compilation of pictures, detailing his remarkable TT career, which first opened in 1996, the Morecambe ace would go onto collect a highly respectable top five finish.
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou