Reigning Junior Manx GP winner Andy Dudgeon, showcased his proven Mountain Course quality at TT 2017, as he enjoyed an accomplished first TT Races voyage.
Having retired from the RST Superbike race on lap 2, the Manxman made up for this misfortune, with a great 15th in the opening Monster Energy Supersport encounter, finishing in front of high calibre TT racers, such as Dan Cooper, Dan Hegarty and Michael Sweeney.
With another non finish in the Superstock race, Andy’s only other finish, within his maiden TT campaign, arose in the feature race, dubbed by some as the power and the glory, the Senior TT.
Photo by Jim Gibson
Finishing a very respectable 27th aboard the Slick Performance Racing Kawasaki, along the way lapping close to the 124 mph mark, a pleased Andy, stated afterwards, via his Facebook page:
“Well that’s my TT debut over, what an amazing fortnight. Team did a fantastic job, I’m so lucky to have you all behind me, really appreciated.
Slick I wouldn’t be here without you, thanks, 3rd fastest 600 engine in the TT! Big thanks to all my sponsors, friends and family who helped me make the start line. 15th supersport, 27th senior. Not too shabby.
Speedy recovery to all injured riders. RIP Davey Alan Jochem
TT blues here we go!”
Andy went onto thank Roger Maher, Sam Patmore, Gwilym Hooson-Owen, Charlie Harrison, Tara Postlethwaite, Adam Yates, Will Heavey, Charlie Edwards, Annabelle Westbury, Luke Robertson, Rory Parker, Joseph Dooley and Tony Bass, for all their help and support throughout TT 2017.
Words by Stevie Rial