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TT 2015 Preview – Part 2 – Superstock Race

One of the main themes of the 2015 superstock TT is the amount of BMW’s entered.

The famous marque is represented by multiple top class riders in what is set to be one of the most hotly contested races at TT 2015.

Tyco BMW’s Guy Martin and William Dunlop will both start amongst the pre race favourites.

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Both of them both seeking their first win on the mountain course are both in great form going into this year’s Isle of Man TT.

Guy Martin 12th attempt at been victorious for the first time at TT Races will be watched closely by everyone at TT 2015 but also by millions worldwide who will be cheering on the hugely popular rider.

Feature race wins at Spring Cup National Road Races and Cookstown 100 are proof that Guy is in good form whilst his team mate William Dunlop has shown so far this season his world class quality.

Most recently during the North West 200 William finished a highly creditable fifth in second superstock race following a highly accomplished display.

Four times TT winner Michael Rutter leads Penz 13.com Bathams by BMW Motorrad’s entry into the superstock TT.

The eight times Macau Grand Prix champion cannot be discounted from pushing for race victory, he proved at TT 2014 in superstock race with sixth place finish that he still has the pace to mix it at the front.

Lee Johnston goes into TT 2015 more than capable of being victorious in superstock TT as he competes on East Coast Racing S1000RR BMW.

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Photo by Rod Neill

Recent winner of second superstock race at North West 200 general Lee has all the components to secure a TT victory.

Superstock race could well provide the three times international road race winner with his first win at the most iconic of all road races.

Keith Amor has fond memories of competing on BMW machinery which include 2010 successes in Dundrod 150 superbike race and superstock race victory at North West 200.

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The ultra determined rider is another rider of the highest calibre S1000RR BMW mounted for superstock TT as he competes on Rig Deluge backed machine.

David Johnson will start as a dark horse in superstock race at TT 2015 as he competes on Smiths Racing S1000RR BMW.

The recent ninth place finisher in opening superbike race at North West 200 finished a superb fourth in superstock race at TT 2014.

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With added confidence and top spec machinery Davo could well secure his first TT podium finish.

James Cowton piloting PRB Racing’s S1000RR BMW has the potential to cause a surprise or two as the reigning Duke road race rankings champion bids to cause a big impression.

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Paul Shoesmith, Alex Pickett, Ian Pattinson, Phil Crowe, Kamil Holan, Marco Pagani, Graham English, TT newcomer Franck Petricola are another eight top class competitors who are S1000RR BMW mounted as is 2002 senior Manx Grand Prix winner Mark Parrett.

Mark and the C&C Ltd backed BMW are anticipated to be in contention for a strong result as TT 2015 marks 12 years since he competed for the first time at the Isle of Man TT.

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Having recently become the North West 200 superstock lap record holder Ian Hutchinson is regarded by many as one of the strong favourites for superstock TT victory.

17 times international road race winner Hutchy has arguably one of the strongest packages in Paul Bird Motorsport backed ZX10R Kawasaki.

Kawasaki’s in recent years have proven an ideal tool for the job in superstock class and there’s no doubt that the eight times TT winner has the undoubted determination to be victorious.

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Photo by Marc Lawrence

Can he record his third win in stock class? of course he can but it is going to be a big challenge to be race winner given the vast depth of quality in the entry list.

GB Moto Racing are excited about competing for the first time at TT Races as they run Gary Johnson on a top spec ZX10R Kawasaki.

The two times TT winner is confident he has the bike to pilot him to his third TT victory.

Gary is another of the pre race favourites as is 2013 lightweight TT winner James Hillier.

James who will be competing on Quattro Plant backed ZX10R Kawasaki has in recent years established himself as one of the select group of riders capable of winning across all classes.

He cannot be discounted from securing superstock TT glory as can’t seven times Duke road race rankings champion Ryan Farquhar.

Ryan who is set to compete on his own teams Kawasaki will be looking to recapture his form at TT 2010 form when finishing a close runner up to Ian Hutchinson in superstock race.

Ryan Kneen, two times junior Manx Grand Prix winner Michael Sweeney, Kiaran Hankin add strength to Kawasaki’s presence.

11 times TT winner Michael Dunlop looks set to lead Yamaha’s challenge as he competes on his own teams YZF R1M Yamaha.

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Photo by Louis Porter

Following fourth place finish in second superstock race at North West 200 the supremely talented rider proved the potential of the highly rated brand new Yamaha.

Already a three time superstock TT winner Michael has every chance of making it a fourth win in the hugely competitive class.

Dean Harrison and the Mar Train Racing YZF R1M Yamaha could well prove to be an extremely hard package to beat.

The Southern 100 lap record holder has gelled quickly with the new R1M Yamaha and is considered by many to be one of the most improved riders on the most famous road racing circuit in the world in recent years.

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Dean is one of the great natural talents in road racing, he’s already shown this season the kind of form that propelled him to lightweight TT victory last year.

John McGuinness embarks on a new challenge in this year’s superstock TT as he competes on his own teams CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade backed by EMC2.

It’s a new challenge for the 21 times TT winner who can’t be ruled out from securing a podium finish.

Conor Cummins and the Jackson Racing CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade are another combination to look out for amongst a star studied entry list.

Runner up in 2014 senior TT Conor has the undoubted speed to pose a serious challenge as does Isle of Man TT lap record holder Bruce Anstey.

Bruce for many years has been as a superstock specialist, he’s been victorious four times on the Isle of Man in superstock race.

Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Motorcycles CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade is set to give another opportunity of turning his current tally of nine TT wins into double figures.

Bruce’s team mate Dan Kneen has a proven great record in superstock class which includes first international road race victory at last year’s Ulster Grand Prix.

Dan was GSX-R 1000 Suzuki mounted then when competing for Burrows Engineering Racing team.

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Photo by Rod Neill

Now competing for Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Motorcycles he’s hugely capable of securing podium placing.

Jamie Hamilton is considered by many people the leading Suzuki mounted rider at TT 2015. The recent third place finisher in both super twin races during the North West 200 has enjoyed so far a top class season of road racing.

Amongst the fastest rising stars on the roads Jamie has the credentials to be in the hunt for a top quality result.

Russ Mountford and the Silicone Engineering Racing ZX10R Kawasaki are a force to be reckoned with as the runner up in 2014 TT privateers championship bids to keep up his tremendous form on the mountain course.

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Whilst Dan Stewart, Ivan Lintin, Steve Mercer, Martin Jessopp, Shaun Anderson, Davy Morgan, John Ingram, Brian Mccormack, Alan Bonner, Rafael Paschoalin are all highly accomplished pure road racers who are all capable of recording results of the highest quality.

Ben Wylie and Brandon Cretu both showed good form at the Vauxhall International North West 200. Both riders who are set to compete on BB3 Bimota’s are tipped to record first class results in superstock TT.

Dave Hewson is the only Aprilia mounted rider in this years superstock TT. Dave is competing on an RSV4 Aprilia backed by Obsession Engineering.

The fifth place finisher in 2013 Steve Henshaw international gold cup has shown excellent form on the island for the last two years and is expected to be in contention for standout results.

Splitlath Motorsport’s are set to run 2010 TT zero winner Mark Miller and the returning Hudson Kenauugh on 1190 RS Buell’s.

Whilst 2013 Irish road race superbike champion Derek Sheils make a welcome return to the TT.

Derek is ZX10R Kawasaki mounted as he competes for the BikeBitsNI racing team as he bids for a result of the highest quality in his third year of competition on the mountain course.

2014 Manx Grand Prix winners Andy Lawson, Andrew Soar add further quality to the line up as do leading newcomers from last year’s Manx GP Frank Gallagher, Sam West and Matthew Rees.

TT newcomers entered include Wilson Craig Racing’s Derek Mcgee.

Derek has in recent years proven himself as one of road racing’s fastest rising stars. His Irish road race supersport championship success in 2014 was proof of his prodigious talent on the roads.

Robbin Harms marks his road racing debut competing on top spec Honda machinery for the DP Coldplaning/TC Racing team.

Another TT newcomer highly capable of pushing for standout results is Tom McHale who is competing on his own teams CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade.

Tom has in recent years produced impressive performances at the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix. It’s been an ambition of his for many years to compete at the TT and TT 2015 sees him achieve this long held aim.

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Eight manufacturers represented, ten TT race winners, multiple rising stars, Manx Grand Prix winners, international racing stars, exciting newcomers show an overall entry list of the highest quality for the 2015 superstock TT.

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