Weather permitting, the 98th TT Races gets underway today, on the Isle of Man.
After a winter of exciting announcements and great action a plenty, within the roads scene at Oliver’s Mount, Tandragee, Cookstown, Hengelo, Horice and the North West 200, the stage is set for the sports showpiece event.
Riders scheduled to gain their first competitive laps of the Mountain Course this evening, are Team ILR’s Joe Thompson, MSS/Hotties backed Adam McLean and Site Sealants/B&W Racing’s Paul Jordan.
Sidecar newcomers beginning their maiden TT voyages include, Gary Gibson/Darryl Gibson, Norway’s Geir Johnsen and Mark Wilkes, passenger to former race winner, Tim Reeves.
Guy Martin and Josh Brookes re ignite their TT careers, whilst the likes of Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing), James Hillier (JG Speedfit Kawasaki), Gary Johnson, Derek Sheils (Cookstown BE Racing) and Silicone Engineering Racing’s Dean Harrison will be aiming to kick off their latest TT campaign’s in great style.
Photo by Mark Corlett
Same applies as well to the two most successful TT competitors of modern times, great rivals, Ian Hutchinson and lap record holder Michael Dunlop.
Reminder of tonight’s practice schedule, weather permitting, is as follows:
6:20 PM Solo Newcomers speed controlled lap
6:25 PM Sidecar Newcomers speed controlled lap
6:40 – 8:50 PM Supersport/Lightweight/Newcomers practice
Words by Stevie Rial