5 PM last 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 2020, there’s 20 different nations represented, 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, Ducati are all confirmed to have an official presence in late May/early June, plus highly likely reigning Bennetts Lightweight class champions Paton.
Photo by Mark Corlett
Top line independent, semi works, privateer teams to have already confirmed their event participation include Milenco by Padgetts, Ashcourt Racing, BE Racing/RK Racing, PreZ Racing, Penz 13.com, McAdoo Kawasaki, Team Classic Suzuki, Rich Energy OMG Racing and Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki.
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 Glenn Harrison, BTS/NLC Components supported James Hind and Peoples Bike Team regular Stephen Parsons.
Joining them as TT debutants will be confirmed Mountain Course newcomers Joe Loughlin (Team ILR), Pikes Peak victor Rennie Scaysbrook, Finland’s Erno Kostamo and four times North West 200 winner Honda Racing’s Glenn Irwin.
We must not forget as well the truly world class three wheeling line up for TT 2020, 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/Mark Wilkes, Tim Reeves, Alan Founds and Pete Founds.
With just 89 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