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TT Dream: Rollercoaster...

"Dear Oliver... regarding your entry to TT 2013... after further conversations... we would like to offer you an entry into the Lightweight Class"
The third 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...

When I first decided that I would take the plunge and attempt the TT this year, I didn't expect any stage of it to be easy. But it's also fair to say I hadn't expected to experience such a rollercoaster of emotions before we'd even reached Easter!

Despite the freezing weather it has certainly been a busy few weeks. Having rebuilt the Supertwin with its upgraded forks and given it a quick (and cold!) shake down at Snetterton, I was off to Brands Hatch for the first round of the Thundersport GB series.

Thundersport is a relatively new club, but already it is arguably the most competitive paddock in the country outside of BSB, making Brands [pictured] a good chance to get some seat time on the twin in a good quality field, and blow away the winter cobwebs.

The cold and wet weather that initially greeted us wasn't ideal, but it was as good as it got once the cold had turned to snow and an oil slick had gone down around half the circuit! The joys of being a UK club racer in early spring...

Despite the weather, the oil slick and a couple of small mechanical issues, it was a promising weekend, and I felt at home on the twin fairly quickly. A quartet of finishes in the lower reaches of the points with a best of 10th was nothing to write home about. But given it was the first time I had ridden the bike in anger, it was a start that promised good things.

Away from the circuit though, things were all about to change when I headed home, flicked on the laptop and to my excitement found that I had an email from the TT organisers:

“Dear Oliver... regarding your entry to TT 2013... I am afraid that I have to inform you that your entry for this year's event has been unsuccessful”.

S**t.

Competing at the 2013 TT had become an all encompassing dream, bordering on obsession, for the last 6 months. I can't describe the feeling that accompanied that email except to say I don't think I have ever felt so completely disappointed! All of the races were oversubscribed and I knew that the Supersport races were particularly popular, so I had always guessed they might be a long shot. To miss out on both classes though was gutting.




Related Pictures

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Oliver Dupuy
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki Supersport machine during practice for the Isle of Man TT
James Hillier in action at the Isle of Man TT
Manx rider Dean Martin
Bruce Anstey is set to ride a Honda RC213V-S at the Isle of Man TT
Ryan Farquhar with his wife Karen in the Royal Victoria Hospital
Conor Cummins will race for Padgett`s Honda in the Supersport and Superstock races at the Isle of Man TT.
Lee Johnston on the East Coast/Burdens Triumph at the North West 200.
Michael Rutter in action at the North West 200
John McGuinness on the Honda Racing Fireblade at the North West 200.
John McGuinness on the Honda Fireblade at the North West 200
Ian Hutchinson on the Tyco BMW in the Superstock race at the North West 200
Jeremy McWilliams on the Mar-Train Yamaha at the North West 200
Ivan Lintin on the Devitt RC Express Kawasaki at the North West 200
Malachi Mitchell-Thomas
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Ian Hutchinson on the Tyco BMW Superstock machine at the North West 200.
John McGuinness on the Honda Fireblade at the North West 200

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Oli

March 27, 2013 11:49 PM

Cheers Whitehead. I would have loved to have done the NW200 but with such a short gap between the North West and the TT it was impossible to fit around work. Fingers crossed we'll have a good run up to the TT with the meetings in Ireland, a nice safe practice week and get that finishers medal. Anything more than that will be a bonus! Oli



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