Another glorious day on the Isle of Man. So it was off to the course to have a few runs round the Mountain Road before heading to a new vantage point to watch the evening’s qualifying / practice sessions.
The first thing I noticed was the iconic house that I knew as the ‘PokerStars House’ was now the ‘Honda House.’
Missing getting over the mountain in 2016 I watched the session from this park – it is a good viewing area if you ever visit.
If you look towards the house you will see lots of bikes parked up. That’s because the Mountain section was closed due to a collision, unfortunately this year this was an all too common occurrence.
A new category of ‘Road Racing Results’ has now been added to the site to make it easier to get straight to the results of any covered international or national Road Race Series. To find it just it just click on the Menu above and follow this path :
“I just thought I would put a few words down about my recent withdrawal from 2018 TT races as I have a lot of good people around me and I felt this is something that needed addressed.
First and foremost, I would like to thank all my sponsors, not one of them made me feel like I had to do anything I didn’t want to nor did they ask my issues – it’s good to have people helping me like this and it’s much appreciated.
Also a big thanks to everyone for their kind messages, I really can’t believe the support people have given me.
It has been a difficult few weeks but things have made a turn for the better for myself and Janine, we are expecting a second baby but unfortunately, we received terrible news at our 20 week scan and were referred to a specialist. While I was on the island Janine had to deal with everything herself and was attending the hospital appointments and scans herself while I was away.
My head wasn’t in the races and my thoughts were always at what was happening at home. My family will always come first so I made the decision to come home.
We received positive news this weekend and everything is now appearing to be normal so after months of uncertainty we now finally feel that we can enjoy this time and get excited for a new addition.
There are still additional scans and meetings with consultants to attend but things are looking so much better for us as a family.
I have a few weeks to rest my body and recover from NW200 crash and also think about my future, I will sit with my sponsors in time and see where we all stand.
It’s great to see things are looking more positive for William moving forward and I look forward to seeing him back tearing up the roads soon, however, at the same time I fully respect whatever decision he comes to and family must always come first.
The TT Festival finishes off just like it starts – with a series of races from the Billown Circuit in Castletown and just like the Pre-TT this event is unmissable.
It is a smaller event, in comparison, but a great way to get your final racing fix before ending your TT journey and sailing home, so if you can fit it in your itinerary – do so!
This year saw three hotly contested races, namely the 600cc machines in Race 1, the 250cc / 650cc Twins in Race 2 and 1100cc Machines in the final race. In the same vain as the past fortnight lap and race records fell with new lap records in every race and new over all race records in the 250cc / 650cc Race along with the superbike race!
After 2 weeks of glorious sunshine on the Isle of Man – coupled with lap records falling across all classes, almost daily, the stage was set for an epic PokerStars Senior TT.
Michael Dunlop was almost late for the start, in typical Michael Dunlop style – so nothing to worry about there. Dean Harrison started off with the same pace he has shown all week – warp speed! Peter Hickman decided warp speed was the gear for him too and the stage was set for an awesome battle between these two.
Conor Cummings was the first man on the road and he pushed hard throughout coming out the other side with a 3rd place finish and an amazing result for the #padgettsarmy
James Hillier suffered a catastrophic incident on the first lap which resulted in his bike dumping it’s oil all over the course. Michael Rutter was the first rider through the incident, followed by Michael Dunlop. Neither rider really seemed to recover from it nor the four laps of waved yellow flag that resulted.
My trip over to this year’s (2018) Isle of Man TT Races got me there just in time for the final race session from the Billown Circuit, – the Pre-TT in Castletown. This session is generally held on the Monday at the start of practice week however this year it has been moved to the Sunday (one day before). This works well as it means you can sit relax and enjoy the racing without having to worry about getting to your chosen spot on the TT Circuit for the Monday night practice.
Also the Sunday night of practice week was traditionally a bit slack, with very little going on. That has now all changed as we now have racing all day and evening.
The Pre-TT runs in Castletown, Isle of Man on the Billown Circuit on the Friday, Saturday (1st Day of Practice) and Sunday. This year that was 25th – 27th May but to be sure you keep up to date subscribe to the TBNI.Blog Road Racing Calendar – it automatically updates so you will never miss another meeting! http://tbni.blog/road-racing-calendar/
The Southern 100 series markets itself as ‘the Friendly Races’ and ‘Road Racing’s Biggest Secret’ and that’s a pretty fair representation.
This muti bike start meeting covers classics, junior and senior as well as classic suberbikes and sidecars.
The crowds are not massive (they deserve to be) – the people are friendly the pits are wide open with the riders all working hard and happy to interact with the spectators.
If you like a grandstand there are a couple near to the start / finish line where seats start at the princely sum of £1.00!
Drinks, food, refreshments, souvenirs etc are all there and all reasonably priced – all in all this is a great meeting, very akin to any of the Irish / Northern Irish National meetings and although the crowds weren’t huge it has a very loyal following with plenty of visitors coming from the Emerald Isle (and all over) purely for this meeting and the heading home before the TT proper even gets underway. That in itself is a fine testament to this meeting and it really should make it onto everyone’s to do list.
Check out the results of the 2018 Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races here :
One of the most divisive things on race week is the TT Zero – are they ‘real’ bikes? Is a TT Zero win a ‘real’ win? Of course they are real bikes, of course it is a real win. Yes at the moment it is only one lap but the race distance is equivalent to a full race at Tandragee, Cookstown, Armoy, even the NW200 so of course it is a ‘real’ win. I don’t know how or when this attitude will change, maybe in about 6 years when these bikes are lapping at 133 – 134mph. Mark my words it’s going to happen – hopefully with Bruce Anstey as the pilot. Today however the congratulations go to Michael Rutter for a sound real TT win on the real bike – the Mugen!