In recent years we’ve seen multiple top class riders make their Isle of Man TT debut’s.
They include Josh Brookes, Horst Saiger, Jonathan Howarth, Danny Webb, Martin Jessopp, Phil Crowe, AJ Venter, Cheung Wai On, Rafael Paschoalin and fastest newcomer in TT history Peter Hickman.
Most recently TT 2015 saw Derek McGee, Tom McHale, Robbin Harms, Dan Harrison and Geoffrey Vankoekelbergh all make their debut’s on the mountain course.
Looking to TT 2016 the first TT newcomer announced is Alex Polita, who is all set to compete for Team 2 Erre Racing.
Despite having no pure road racing experience, expect Alex to gradually get better and better on the most iconic of all road race circuits.
Alongside Alex, riders potentially making their TT debut’s include Irish road race 125 champion Paul Jordan, rising star Thomas Maxwell and winner of opening supersport race at Southern 100, Seamus Elliott.
All three riders have the core pure road racing talent to become established top line competitors, at TT Races.
We may see rapid North West 200 newcomer Ben Wilson make his TT debut, Ben is already confirmed next year to make his debut at the world’s fastest road race, the Ulster Grand Prix.
Standard of newcomers at TT Races, has been on the constant in the last five years.
Dean Harrison who made his TT debut in 2011, won the lightweight TT in 2014, has lapped in excess of 130 mph, and has become a factory Yamaha rider.
Lee Johnston TT debutant in 2012, sealed his first podium finishes at TT Races this year, finishing third in superstock, TT zero races.
David Johnson leading newcomer at TT 2010, finished fourth in 2014 superstock TT and lapped at TT 2015 at 131.595 mph to become Australia’s fastest competitor on the mountain course.
In only his second time competing at TT Races, TT 2015 showcased Peter Hickman’s undoubted ability, with fifth place finish in Royal London 360 superstock TT, alongside seventh place finish in senior TT.
His lap speed of 131.626 mph makes him currently the eighth fastest rider in TT history, his pace shows just how quick TT newcomers are developing these days into established, world class riders at TT Races.
TT 2016 could well see another rider emerge like Hicky, in having the potential to become a winner, at a pure road race meeting, where iconic moments and history are always produced.