Gripping twins class action is in prospect next month with a host of road racing’s ‘Alien’s allied to Manx GP winners, rising stars, improving event exponents all entered in the Carole Nash Super Twin TT encounters. Mountain Course maestro Michael Dunlop as in all classes at TT 2023 starts again one of the prime, major favourites for class success. As during his previous class triumphs in 2018 and 2019, he sticks with Paton’s iconic S1-R steed. Thwarted by technical issues last year, will he make it a hat-trick of Twins TT victories? It’s a distinct possibility for a racer that continually proves that the impossible is possible. Joining Ballymoney’s Dunlop in racing Paton’s include Michael Browne (BE/RK Racing), Team ILR (Ian Lougher Racing) with Frog Vehicle Developments Stefano Bonetti and fellow Italian roads hero, 2022 Junior Manx GP victor Francesco Curinga. Lots will also be expected of 2021 IRRC Supersport Champion, North West 200 winner Pierre Yves Bian. Fourth in last year’s Twins race stint, cycling aficionado Yves Bian (VAS Engine Racing) has the proven class credentials to mount a podium finishing charge. Kawasaki’s class presence is once again stern, with 22 competitors piloting ER6/Z650 machinery. Second in 2019, KTS Racing Powered by Steadplan’s Jamie Coward, knows what it takes to contend for race honours and many are tipping him for another proficient Mountain Course tenure. Further depth to Kawasaki’s challenge is provided by improving TT exponents, SMT Racing’s Rob Hodson, No.1 plate holder Dominic Herbertson (Cowton Racing), third place finisher last year Paul Jordan (PreZ Racing). Others on Kawasaki tackle, capable of obtaining impressive finishes include James Chawke (Carl Roberts/Emmjess Racing), Chris Moore (Silverstar Services/iHeat Racing), Xavier Denis (performanX Racing Team), Jonathan Perry (Peoples Bike). Welsh aces Rhys Hardisty, Paul ‘Potchy’ Williams, USA’s Pete Murray (VRS Racing), Tom Weeden (Plumb Properties), AJ Venter (Lekka Racing-TAG 43), Maria Costello MBE, Kevin Barsby (Cowton Racing) and the most finishing TT racer of all time, Dave Madsen Mygdal. Yamaha wise, certain famous, renowned faces will be astride the marques R7 steed. Arguably Yamaha’s best chance of success is via reigning Twins Champion, outright lap record holder Peter Hickman (PHR Performance). Joining Hickman in being Yamaha powered are Austria’s Julian Trummer (HeatTech Racing), Bishop Castle’s Barry Furber and the Bathams Racing pairing of seven times TT winner Michael Rutter, Immingham’s Craig Neve. Pilots not mentioned yet who feature in the 45 plus entry list include Brian McCormack (Global Robots Aprilia), Shaun Anderson, Jonathan Goetschy, Timothee Monot, Michael Evans (Rea Racing Dyno Centre/ME Racing). You Tube star, San Pedro Martir Hill Climb top three finisher Dave Hewson, Michal ‘Indi’ Dokoupil, newcomer Jack Petrie, sole Suzuki runner Craig Szczypek and aiming for an unprecedented, combined ten solo/Sidecar finishes during race week, Michael Russell. All the ingredients are there, for the Carole Nash Super Twin races to pulsate, thrill and most of all excite those watching trackside around the fabled, mythical Mountain Course. Predictions? I can’t call it. I’m not sitting on the fence, I promise! Photo credit: Nick Wheeler, Tommy Vennard, Mark Corlett Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou
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