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TT Dream: Livin’ on a prayer...

The second instalment of Oliver Dupuy's blog as he attempts to take on the best road racers in the world at the legendary Isle of Man TT...
Hi everyone and welcome to the second article detailing my efforts to race at the 2013 Isle of Man TT!

I have to start by saying a huge thanks to everyone for the comments and feedback that followed the first article. It's really nice to read so much encouragement from my fellow Crash.net readers and I really appreciate the support.

The weeks that have passed since the first article was published have been busy ones!

Last year I rode a Yamaha R6 at a combination of short circuit meetings and real road race meetings, and this same bike will be the one that I will enter into the Supersport races at the TT.

But being aware that getting an entry to the TT will be difficult to say the least, I have also been eager to source a Supertwin bike to double my chances.

Finding sponsorship is difficult enough for even the biggest names in racing, so it was always going to be a big challenge for little old me!

Thankfully my French family roots helped, and with backing from BikeClubFrance and a personal loan, I secured the budget to purchase a Kawasaki ER6 ridden last year by Ivan Lintin.

It still needs a few bits doing to it, the forks are off to Steve Jordan Motorcycles for an upgrade and it needs a steering damper, but other than that it's pretty much ready to go. Result!

As well as getting a Supertwin sorted, I had the enjoyable task of officially submitting my TT entry, which I can honestly say is the most excited I have ever been about completing paperwork!

Entries for the Supersport and Supertwins races are in, along with an email appealing my case to the organisers. The online system has assured me I'll find out whether or not I have been accepted before the end of March, so for the next two months, I'll be praying for a yes in each class!

Meanwhile I've also been arranging testing and racing for prior to the TT, to blow away the winter cobwebs and get to grips with the Supertwin.

Tagged as: Road Race , Isle of Man TT

Related Pictures

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Oliver Dupuy`s Supertwin (pic: Oliver Dupuy)
Bruce Anstey on the YZR500 Yamaha at the Classic TT
Bruce Anstey on the YZR500 Yamaha at the Classic TT
Stephen McIlvenna at the Manx Grand Prix
Michael Dunlop at the Classic TT
Bruce Anstey on the YZR500 Yamaha at the Classic TT
Guy Martin celebrates his Dundrod 150 Superbike win with the Tyco Suzuki team
Guy Martin on the Tyco Suzuki at the Ulster Grand Prix
Tyco Suzuki`s Guy Martin at the Ulster Grand Prix
Michael Dunlop at the Ulster Grand Prix on the BMW Motorrad S1000RR
Carl Fogarty will take part in a special tribute lap to Joey Dunlop at the Classic TT
Manx rider Dan Kneen
Graeme Crosby will participate in a special parade lap at the Classic TT in tribute to Joey Dunlop
Robert Dunlop on the Norton Rotary at the Isle of Man TT in 1990
Peter Hickman on the Ice Valley BMW
Guy Martin
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matty - Unregistered

February 11, 2013 9:25 AM

Good luck mate hope all your dream's come true, it's like the George Formby film. Lets hope you can find someone to give you the backing and that you suprise every one.

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February 11, 2013 5:20 PM

Just thought I'd mention this here in case there are people who haven't noticed - especially if they're outside the UK so don't see the listings but have satellite TV or know where and how to watch UK channels online - ITV4 are continuing the excellent tradition of road race broadcasts they've built up over recent years. They do great programmes leading up to and throughout the TT and broadcast a lot of racing from Ireland too. Starting in the last fortnight, in the 8-9pm slot they've been showing programmes on the Manx GP and a series called "TT Legends" which despite its name is actually about endurance racing as it features TT legends John McGuiness and Cameron Donald in a team with Simon Andrews. Well worth watching. If only ITV4 could get the MotoGP contract, (just so long as they did them same as when it was shown on C5 and ensured there were no ad breaks during races).

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