ISLE OF MAN – More than 70 entries have been accepted for the four-lap Motorsport Merchandise Formula 1 Classic TT Race at this year’s Isle of Man Classic TT Races presented by Bennetts, with a number of high quality entrants more than capable of 120 mph+ laps.
After taking the victory and posting a stunning near 124mph lap in last year’s race, which he followed up with his second successive four timer at the TT in June, Michael Dunlop is the clear favourite for the race win, particularly as he will again be racing Team Classic Suzuki’s GSXR1100 powered XR69. However, there’s further strength in depth this year with an increase in both the quality and quantity of the field.
Starting from number one on the road, Dunlop’s challengers come thick and fast with James Hillier and Dean Harrison at numbers two and three respectively on the grid. The duo will both be mounted on ZXR750 Kawasaki’s, Hillier with Jackson Racing and Harrison for Mistral Racing, and are sure to be major contenders. Guy Martin is scheduled to start at number four on another GSXR1100 XR69. Riding the Trident Engineering machine, it will be the Lincolnshire rider’s first outing around the Mountain Course on a classic machine since finishing second in the 2009 Post Classic Manx GP Race.
Possibly the most exciting rider and machine combination on the grid comes in the form of outright TT Lap Record Holder Bruce Anstey on board the Padgett’s Motorcycles YZR500 Yamaha. Having made his name on two stroke machinery, the Kiwi should be right at home of the exotic ex GP machine.