Monday Races

Four Hour Delay and the MGP Newcomers Race Postponed

Low lying mist was the culprit for the delay in the proceedings on Monday. It was another morning for twiddling thumbs, it took quite a while for the sun to break through and burn it off. Schedules were being written and the rewritten before being dispatched to the bin, eventually the announcement was made that the roads would close at 1:30 pm and the Locate IM Junior Classic, reduced to 3 laps, would commence at 2 o'clock.

Paul Jordan, on the Ripley Racing 350 AJS led the field of 51 riders from the start line. The road was dry and conditions were described as good. Manxman Dave Moffitt was the unluckiest competitor when he retired on the start line, an issue with the chain put him out of the race.

Lee Johnston, Davies Motorsport 350 Honda, was the early leader however he retired with mechanical problems on the second lap at the Gooseneck. Jamie Coward, Ted Woof / 350 Craven Honda inherited the lead which he maintained until the finish. He could hardly speak when interviewed in the winners enclosure, his emotions were so raw. He did manage to say that it was a childhood ambition to win on the Mountain Course. Michael Rutter (Ripley Land Racing 350 Honda) just pipped last years winner, Dominic Herbertson (Davies Motorsport 350 Honda) and took second place by just 0.35 of a second.

The Classic TT Lap of Honour was the filling between the two Classic races. John McGuinness, Carl Fogarty and Giacomo Agostini led the field away. BSB star Glen Irwin, riding a ZXR Kawasaki road bike was also in the field, he hinted at the finish that he intended to enter next years TT. Jamie Hamilton made an emotional return to the Mountain Course , completing a lap on Robbie Silvester's VRS Honda. Many of the parade had been to the Vintage Motorcycle Festival at Jurby on Sunday. Charlie Williams had a very successful day there, selling out of his book during the day. He did say the he would have more copies with him at the Goodwood Revival meeting in September.

The RST Classic TT Superbike eventually started at a quarter past five, held over the designated four laps. Horst Saiger (Greenall Racing 750 Kawasaki) led the 49 strong field away. Michael Dunlop (1100 cc Team Classic Suzuki) established an early lead which he maintained until his pit stop at the end of the second lap. He elected to change the rear wheel and dropped 10 seconds to Australian David Johnson (750 Robert Burns Ltd / Alistair Cowan Racing Kawasaki) in the pits. Such was the determination of Dunlop he had regained the lead by Ramsey on the third lap from Johnson with Derek Shiels (750 Greenall Racing Kawasaki) in third. A fourth Classic big bike victory looked in the bag as Michael maintained his lead over the fourth lap.

Nothing is ever guaranteed when racing over the Mountain Course and the luck was with David Johnson and not Michael Dunlop, the latter dramatically retiring with an electrical fault
less than two miles to go at Hillberry. Johnson followed his TT podium success with victory from Shiels who snatched second place from James Hillier (888 Oxford Racing / Louigi Moto) by 1.5 seconds. Ryan Kneen had a luck escape when an empty crisp packet blew off the hedge and onto the road just in front of him as he tipped into the corner at the end of the Cronk-y-Voddey straight (Molyneux's). Ryan said that spectators should be more careful with their litter, this could have caused a serious accident.

The MGP Newcomers race was postponed until Tuesday as were the MGP practice sessions for the Junior, Senior, Lightweight and Ultra lightweight classes.


Lee Johnston trying his Davies Motorsport 350 Honda for size

The legendary Giacomo Agostini at Quarterbridge

BSB star Glen Irwin, TT bound in 2020?

Jaime Hamilton exiting Quarterbridge in the parade lap

The Classic TT Superbike leaderboard

Mike Hammonds