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TT 2015 Preview – Part 1 – Superbike/Senior Races

Outstanding superbike and senior races are in prospect at TT 2015.

21 times TT winner John McGuinness goes into this years Isle of Man TT brimming with confidence. Most recently the TT legend finished a highly creditable sixth in opening superbike race at the 2015 Vauxhall International North West 200.

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This result proved that he will start one the pre race favourites in superbike/senior races as he competes on Honda Racing’s proven superbike.

Honda Racing team mate Conor Cummins is confident of pushing for his first wins on the mountain course.

The fourth fastest rider in TT history was back to his best at TT 2014 recording third and second place finishes in superbike and senior races.

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Photo by Louis Porter

Is a first TT win on the cards? there is no doubt that Conor has the ability and determination to push for race wins as does 2013 lightweight TT race winner James Hillier.

Quattro Plant Kawasaki’s James is one of a select group of riders to have lapped in the 131 mph bracket at TT races.

Having finished fourth and fifth in senior TT races in 2013 and 2014 James speed is proven on the most famous of all road race circuits in superbike class.

Set to be amongst the leading Kawasaki riders he’s more than capable of securing superbike and senior race successes.

Michael Rutter produced recently a performance of the highest quality in opening superbike race at North West 200.

Piloting Penz 13.com Bathams backed S1000RR BMW Michael finished a fine fifth as he showed that he will be a force to be reckoned with at TT 2015.

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All eyes will be on Michael Dunlop as pilots the Milwaukee Yamaha superbike. The 11 times TT winner encountered last week reliability issues in opening superbike at the North West 200.

The new R1M Yamaha undoubtedly has the potential to be a race winning bike on the mountain course.

In Michael Dunlop Milwaukee Yamaha have the ideal rider to make the all new Yamaha a race winner at the most famous of all road races.

Many people are tipping Michael to add to his tally of 11 wins this year at TT 2015 but the competition is a high as ever.

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Tyco BMW have arguably the strongest rider line up for superbike and senior races.

Fans favourite Guy Martin has enjoyed so far a highly productive 2015 road racing season, which has included feature race wins at Spring Cup National Road Races and Cookstown 100.

15 times a podium finisher at TT races a first TT victory for Guy would without a doubt be one of the most popular race wins on the island for multiple years.

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His Tyco BMW team mate William Dunlop currently second in Duke road race rankings championship is one of the in-form riders going into TT 2015.

Main highlights so far this season for three times podium finisher in supersport TT races William have included feature race victory at Tandragee 100, and back to back supersport successes at Cookstown 100.

Last season saw William prove to everyone that he is one of the leading competitors in superbike class in road racing following opening superbike race victory at North West 200 and battling for race victory in senior TT.

Armed with world class machinery William has the ambition and talent to victorious during TT 2015 as does Gary Johnson.

Gary leads GB Moto Racing’s first entry into the Isle of Man TT, the reigning supersport TT race 1 winner is set to compete on a high spec ZX10R Kawasaki superbike.

Despite mechanical issues at the North West 200 AKA Driver is confident that he can be in the running for big bike successes.

Like multiple riders at TT 2015 he has the equipment, the pace, the speed and the knowledge to be victorious in the blue riband senior TT.

This year’s North West 200 showed that Ian Hutchinson is back to his best on the roads.

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The eight times Isle of Man TT winner is full of confidence going into superbike and senior TT races following displays of the highest quality around the triangle.

Paul Bird Motorsport’s ZX10R Kawasaki combined with Hutchy looks set to be a formidable combination as the 17 times international road race winner bids for his first TT wins since the remarkable five wins in a week at TT 2010.

Dean Harrison piloting the Mar Train Racing YZF R1M Yamaha is another rider more than capable of been in contention for race wins.

Reigning lightweight TT race winner Dean has shown good form so far this season on the all new R1M Yamaha.

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Photo by Rod Neill

Senior race victory at Spring Cup National Road Races and third place finish in grand final at Cookstown 100 are proof that Deano has gelled quickly with the new machine.

He is as confident as anyone going into TT 2015 that he can fight for big bike race wins on the Isle of Man.

Keith Amor returns to BMW machinery for superbike and senior races during TT 2015.

Set to compete on Rig Deluge backed S1000RR BMW the flying Scotsman is more than capable of causing a surprise or two.

He has the pedigree to mix it at the front as proven by his race wins in his career at North West 200, Ulster Grand Prix, Dundrod 150 and Tandragee 100.

One of the main stars of the 2015 Vauxhall International North West 200 was Lee Johnston.

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Photo by Rod Neill

Having tasted victory in superstock class alongside fourth place finish in opening superbike race general Lee goes into the TT amongst the main in form riders.

East Coast Racing’s S1000RR BMW gelled perfectly with Lee as he proved that he’s established now as one of the world leading pure road racers.

He’s regarded by many as a TT winner in the making and TT 2015 could see him victorious for the first time.

Ryan Farquhar makes a welcome return to 1000cc races at this years Isle of Man TT as he competes on his own teams ZX10R Kawasaki superbike.

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The seven times Duke road race rankings champion has already proven this season that he’s back to his best in superbike class.

Strong performances at Spring Cup National Road Races and Tandragee 100 showed that Ryan could be a dark horse for top class results during TT 2015.

Isle of Man TT lap record holder Bruce Anstey will once again start one of the pre race favourites in superbike and senior races as he competes on Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Motorcycles CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade.

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Having shown top class form at the North West 200 the 29 times international road race winner is tipped by many to be victorious for the first time this year in the senior TT.

It’s an ambition Bruce has held for a long time to be victorious in the blue riband race, if he achieves his ambition it will be reward for multiple years of world class riding, world class lap speeds and world class TT racing.

Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Motorcycles team mate Dan Kneen is embarking on his seventh year of competition at TT races.

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Reigning Irish road race superbike champion Dan went up a level in 2014 as he became an international road race winner for the first time alongside confirming his place amongst road racing’s fastest rising talents.

Could podium finishes be on cards during TT 2015? there is no doubt that Dan has the ability to finish on the podium plus he has the confidence in knowing that he’s a proven winner in real road racing.

Dan Stewart is regarded by many as a TT specialist. The 2012 TT privateers championship winner is set to compete on Wilcock Consulting backed CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade in superbike and senior races.

Having lapped in the 129 mph bracket at TT races the TT stalwart has the talent to surprise many people as he pushes for his first podium finish at the road race which he competed at for the first time back in 2002.

Norton’s challenge at TT 2015 is lead for the second TT running by two times race winner Cameron Donald.

Two time TT races winner Cameron Donald leads Norton's challenge.

Two time TT races winner Cameron Donald leads Norton’s challenge.

Having had various productive testing sessions with the SG4 Norton Cameron is confident that the Norton can be competitive.

TT 2015 will mark 23 years since Steve Hislop’s thrilling 1992 senior TT success, Cameron will be looking to follow in the foot steps of the TT great by recording results of the highest quality.

There’s no doubt that Cameron has the talent to push for first class finishes, combined with the new SG4 Norton it’s one of the eye catching combinations at this years Isle of Man TT which will be closely watched by many.

Steve Mercer has battled his way to the start line at TT 2015 where he is all set to compete on his own teams CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade.

Eighth place finisher in 2013 superstock TT Steve has gone from strength to strength on the world famous road race circuit since making his debut back in 2009 when competing for the peoples bike team.

He has the ability to secure high quality results as does 2014 TT privateers championship winner Ivan Lintin.

Ivan for TT 2015 is set to compete on arguably the best machinery he’s had to date in his road racing career.

RC Express Racing ZX10R Kawasaki superbike is set to give him a great chance of recording personal best lap speeds alongside securing results of the highest ilk in superbike and senior races.

Ivan is one of a select group of riders who so far have been an international road race winner in the 2010’s. With top class machinery and great confidence lightning Lintin could strike a surprise or two.

Burrows Engineering Racing’s Jamie Hamilton goes into action on the island in great form following a top class start to the 2015 road racing season.

The 2013 Irish road race super twins champion looks set to be amongst the leading GSX-R 1000 Suzuki mounted riders as he competes on BE Racing’s international road race winning bike.

Having enjoyed a dream Oliver’s Mount debut at Spring Cup National Road Races Dan Hegarty heads into TT 2015 highly capable of pushing for star quality race finishes.

The former factory Norton Racing rider lines up on the start line this year on Downshift Motorsport backed ZX10R Kawasaki.

Martin Jessopp is greatly looking forward to competing for the second time at the Isle of Man TT.

Two times Macau Grand Prix runner up Martin is all set to compete on Riders Motorcycles backed S1000RR BMW.

The highly accomplished road racer is one of a group of riders hugely capable of pushing the established front runners.

Dan Cooper is another talented rider Honda mounted. Having enjoyed an excellent TT 2014 Dan goes into this year’s TT with new challenges as he competes on his own teams Honda backed by Space centre self storage.

David Johnson has gone from strength to stength at TT Races since making his debut in 2010.

TT 2015 sees Davo competing for reigning supersport TT race 1 winners Smiths Racing on a high specification S1000RR BMW.

2015 Vauxhall International North West 200 saw him show his proven road racing quality as he achieved top ten finishes in opening superbike and second superstock races.

Silicone Engineering Racing’s Russ Mountford, Two times junior Manx Grand Prix winner Michael Sweeney, Shaun Anderson, Stefano Bonetti, Jamie Coward, Davy Morgan, Colin Stephenson, Derek Sheils, Phil Crowe all add further quality to a world class entry list.

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Ice Valley Racing’s Paul Shoesmith and Alex Pickett competing on S1000RR BMW’s plus Bimota Racing’s Ben Wylie and Brandon Cretu are all both highly capable of securing standout results as is 2014 Duke road race rankings champion James Cowton.

James is another hugely talented rider set to be S1000RR BMW mounted as he competes for 2009 TT zero winner Rob Barber’s PRB Racing team.

Having lapped close to the 125 mark at TT races James has all the components to seal first class results as does 2014 junior Manx Grand Prix winner Andy Lawson.

2014 junior Manx Grand Prix winner Andy Lawson all set for TT competition.

2014 junior Manx Grand Prix winner Andy Lawson all set for TT competition.

Andy is all set for action on Shirlaws Motorcycles Racing ZX10R Kawasaki as he bids to impress hugely as he competes for the first time at the Isle of Man TT.

Reigning senior Manx Grand Prix winner Andrew Soar, 2012 newcomers A Manx GP winner Kamil Holan, Frank Gallagher, Sam West, Green Ant Racing’s Anthony Redmond are further top class riders who have moved up to TT races from the Manx Grand Prix.

Further superbike and senior race entrants to look out for include John Ingram, 2005 junior Manx Grand Prix winner Ian Pattinson, Aprilia mounted Dave Hewson, Rafael Paschoalin plus Splitlath Motorsports 2009 TT zero winner Mark Miller and the returning Hudson Kennaugh.

Leading TT newcomers include 2014 Irish road race supersport champion Derek Mcgee.

Derek who is set to pilot Wilson Craig Racing’s top spec CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade superbike is regarded by many as a future TT winner.

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His first two weeks action on the most iconic road race circuit in the world will closely watched by many, despite been a newcomer don’t discount Derek from pushing for top ten finishes.

TT 2015 will mark Robbin Harms real road racing debut.

DP Coldplaning/TC Racing are set to run Robbin on their proven CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade in superbike and blue riband senior TT.

Top 15 finisher at the Ulster Grand Prix Tom Mchale is another newcomer set to compete on Honda machinery.
Competing for his own team Tom is tipped to adapt quickly to the mountain course as is Ice Valley Racing’s Franck Petricola.

Overall the entry list for 2015 superbike and senior TT races is one of the most high quality seen in recent years at the biggest road race in the world.

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Any one of multiple riders are capable of been victorious in the marque races which are set to see TT winners, road racing superstars, Manx GP winners, international racing stars, rising stars and ultra fast newcomers all doing battle.

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