12 PM on Friday afternoon, marked the end of another year of racers sending entries in for competition at the iconic, historical, unparalleled TT Races.
At a glance when looking at the prospective line up for TT 2019, there’s a great diverse mix of proven front runners, Mountain Course history makers, next generation stars, plus tens of hungry, ambitious Privateers/Independents.
Manufacturers wise, Honda, Kawasaki, BMW, Norton are all confirmed to have an official presence in late May/early June, plus highly likely reigning SES TT Zero, Bennetts Lightweight class champions Mugen and Paton.
Top line independent teams to have already confirmed their event participation include Padgetts Racing, Penz 13.com, BE Racing, Dafabet Devitt Racing, Davies Motorsport, PRF Racing, Ashcourt Racing, McAdoo Kawasaki and Saiger Racing.
Just some of the most high profile riders aiming to sample the most famous road race in the world, for the first time this summer include Manx GP front runners Dean Osborne, James Chawke and The Peoples Bike Team’s Matt Stevenson.
Joining them as TT debutants will be confirmed Mountain Course newcomers Lukas Maurer, David Datzer, Ray Casey and IRRC Supersport front runner Jonathan Goetschy.
Entry numbers for the Superbike, Superstock, Senior races at TT 2019, have been reduced to 60, whilst only 70 places are available on the entry for the four lap Supersport, Lightweight encounters.
Photo by Mark Corlett
We must not forget as well the truly world class three wheeling line up for TT 2019, with the likes of the all conquering Birchall brothers Ben & Tom, battling for more Mountain Course triumphs against fellow seasoned event front runners such as John Holden/Lee Cain, Dave Molyneux, Conrad Harrison/Andy Winkle, Alan Founds/Jake Lowther and Tim Reeves.
With just 85 days till competitive action begins on the mythical Mountain Course, the countdown is well and truly on for what’s set to be another compelling two weeks of first rate, top class International roads action.
Words by Stevie Rial