RR » Andrews to make TT debut on BMW

Simon Andrews also announces he will be riding a BMW on the Isle of Man TT in 2011.

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Richard Mushet

February 16, 2011 6:57 PM

Why is it a disaster? David Johnson, Jenny Tinmouth, Ben Wylie, Hudson Kennaugh and many others have made the jump from short circuits to the roads recently. Plus Simon has performed well at Macau the past two races, giving it the respect it deserves.

merc240 - Unregistered

February 16, 2011 8:20 PM

Smacks of desperation to me. Half decent rider that hasn't really mixed it at the sharp end of BSB, disasterous wildcard in WSBK which wasn't his fault really, then was on about going drift-car racing in the USA....?

If I were him, I'd just stick with the BSB-EVO option (which he should be able to challenge for), use it to get back to BSB proper on a decent bike and go from there.

The TT is a whole different ball game altogether, even than Macau.

My fear is that he's trying to push the envelope in order to get back to where he feels he belongs, plus earn a few bob along the way, but could end up as fish-food if he wraps himself around a telegraph pole at 170mph like David Jeffries did a few years back. And Andrews ain't no David Jeffries that's for sure...

eric - Unregistered

February 17, 2011 10:17 AM


Fair comment but i think Simon may well supprise us RR fans.DJ was a legend over the mountain and rumour has it he had a potential WSS ride in the pipe line for the 2004 season.AMA,from personel experience,is not a step forward for him so lets see how it goes. It didnt do Steve Plater any harm did it ?

RR Fan - Unregistered

February 18, 2011 1:12 PM

Don't forget that Simon was going to make his NW200 debut last year if it wasn't for his injuries, a year in which he already had a factory Kawasaki ride.

I don't think he is doing this to climb the ladder or prove a point, maybe he is realising that road racing is potentially more enjoyable and satisfying. It is a different discipline - being relaxed and particularly unique. It's a far cry from the moan and groan of the BSB paddock. Simon is just one of many who are starting to make a career on the roads. It's his choice and I will choose to support anyone who makes that choice.

Good luck and ride safe.

helmut - Unregistered

February 18, 2011 2:38 PM

Agree @RR Fan

Can't understand the need for any negativity on this subject. Every single one of the greats/legends who have made a name for themselves at the TT have had to start somewhere, and that means at some point they have all had to take the leap and enter the TT. He is a hugely quick rider who has made sub-standard machinery look reasonable over the last 2 seasons.

Give him a break. He has had a rough time in the political world of BSB. Its a brave move to make. I hope he learns fast, enjoys it, and achieves some success.

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