Over the years there’s been various high profile racers under the radar sampling roads events, including World Champions, BSB front runners, Grand Prix podium finishers.
At a glance famous names who you might be surprised to hear have tackled the TT, an International, national roads meet at least once include:
Sadao Asami – Triple Macau Grand Prix winner, who competed in the 1978 TT Races, finishing just one race, placing 27th within the Classic TT.
Boet Van Dulmen – No stranger to roads action, the former Finnish GP victor joined the TT Races entry in 1981 at the same time as twice Daytona 200 Champion Dale Singleton.
John Reynolds – World Superbike race winner, triple British Superbike Champion, ‘JR’ took on the fabled, mythical Mountain Course in 1989, going onto register a best finish of 9th in the Supersport 400 race.
Sheridan Morais – Established amongst South Africa’s leading racers, ex World Supersport race winner Morais sampled last September’s IRRC Frohburg meeting, going onto take a brace of podium finishes including victory within the opening Supersport open class encounter.
Dan Linfoot – Multi times a BSB race winner, Harrogate’s Linfoot at just 20 years of age took part in the Macau Grand Prix in 2008. Prior to been involved in a first lap incident, he qualified third fastest in terms of Supersport mounted competitors.
Clinton Pienaar – Carrying a racing CV which includes various national titles, World Superbike race experience, the vastly respected Pienaar tackled the TT Races in 2010.
Terry Rymer – Twice World Endurance Champion, Rymer caught the eye with his pace at the North West 200 in 1996, at the time piloting the Old Spice Ducati.
Angelo Conti – Another world class Supersport machinery exponent, Conti’s maiden roads stint arose at the 100th anniversary TT Races in 2007.
Outside of those mentioned above, there’s also the likes of Gino Rea, Niall Mackenzie, Stephane Mertens, Chris Burns and Steve Webster MBE who’s racing careers have all involved roads action.
Words by Stevie Rial