TT 2023 Preview: Part 2 – Supersport Races

TT 2023 Preview: Part 2 – Supersport Races
Year in year out, producing some of the most exciting racing on the fabled, mythical Mountain Course, you’d be brave to call who will emerge triumphant from June’s four-lap Monster Energy Supersport TT encounters.

Surpassing his own existing class lap record last year, 21 times TT winner Michael Dunlop has his eyes firmly set on more victorious TT voyages.

The Ballymoney racer who is astride his own teams Carl Cox Motorsport supported R6 Yamaha, mix of fierce determination, shrewd race tactics and the ability to ride harder at times than many of his rivals, makes him a formidable exponent of Supersport machinery.

Elite names out to stop the most successful Supersport TT competitor of recent times include outright lap-record holder, Peter Hickman.

As shown at the North West 200, by setting a new lap record, the 765cc K2 Trooper/PHR Performance Triumph is quite the machine and Hickman whilst more known for 1000cc exploits, knows what it takes to enjoy Supersport success.

Another in top contention for middleweight class honours, is Hickman’s persistent main big-bike TT rival since 2018, Bradford’s Dean Harrison.

The fast-talking triple TT winner looked in decent fettle across the North West 200, gelling quickly with the Boyce Precision Engineering/Russell Racing Yamaha and it wouldn’t be a major surprise if he returns to the top step of the podium.

Clive Padgett’s Milenco by Padgetts outfit for the third successive TT, runs Ramsey’s Conor Cummins and 2022 Duke Road Race Rankings Champion Davey Todd.

Both hugely gifted road racers, in particular focus a plenty will transcend on second fastest newcomer in TT history Todd.

Supersport winner times two during the NW200, are maiden TT wins on the horizon?

Don’t discount as well James Hillier (Boyce Precision Engineering/Russell Racing), KTS Racing Powered by Steadplan’s Jamie Coward from battling for top three finishes.

Others not to be discounted for strong results include No.1 plate holder David Johnson (C&L Fairburn Properties by Jackson Racing), Paul Jordan (PreZ Racing), Michael Browne (BE/RK Racing).

Dominic Herbertson (Cowton Racing), Jim Hind, Craig Neve (Bathams Racing), Pierre Yves Bian (K2 Trooper by PHR Performance).

Added confirmed participants include SMT Racing’s Rob Hodson, Michael Evans, Tom Weeden (Club 77), Shaun Anderson (Team Kibosh), Stefano Bonetti (Gomma Racing), Jamie Cringle, Bob Smith Spring Cup winner Joey Thompson.

Julian Trummer (WH Racing), Brian McCormack (Global Robots), fitness permitting Nathan Harrison, AJ Venter (Wilson Craig Racing), Mark Goodings, Barry Furber, Raul Torras Martinez, Japan’s Masayuki Yamanaka (Team ILR with Frog Vehicle Developments).

Plus, Manx GP to TT graduates Paul Cassidy, David Brook, Amalric Blanc and Obsession Engineering’s Martin Morris.

Newcomers wise just four Mountain Course debutants are entered in what are set to be compelling, engrossing, ultra-competitive Monster Energy Supersport races, Matthieu Lagrive (Optimark), Jack Petrie (AM Tiling), Ryan Cringle and No Limits, Thundersport GB front runner Jorge Halliday (Stanford Halliday Racing).

Photo credit: Nick Wheeler, Tommy Vennard, Mark Corlett

Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou
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