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Almost 15,000 fans attend TT day at the NEC

Almost 15,000 people travelled to the International Motorcycle Show when Birmingham's NEC was taken over by the Isle of Man TT Races for a day.
TT organisers say huge numbers at the NEC Bike Show's TT Day show road racing growing in popularity. The Day kicked off on the TT stand when John McGuinness and Conor Cummins met fans and signed memorabilia.

The pair then moved on to the Visordown stage, where around 1,000 people listened as TT commentator Jamie Whitham and former Grand Prix, World and British Superbike star Niall Mackenzie grilled them about their TT careers, before fans asked the questions.

The action then moved to the Blackhorse stage as the Arai-sponsored TT riders took part in a chat show. TT racers including Gary Johnson, Richard 'Milky' Quayle and TT legend Phil McCallen, still the only rider to win four races in a week, answered questions from Steve Parrish, before helping with an Arai-sponsored auction for Riders for Health.

The day also featured a dedicated TT quiz game, They think it's a Question of TT Races, on the main Blackhorse stage. McGuinness led a team that included Ben Birchall, Maria Costello and Cummins, while Sidecar legend Dave Molyneux skippered McCallen, Jenny Tinmouth and Keith Amor.
It turned into a closely fought battle between the team skippers, who both displayed astonishing knowledge about the TT – and it was needed because they couldn't rely on their own teammates! Cummins didn't recognise a description of his own TT history, while McCallen failed to identify a picture of himself riding around the TT Course.

McGuinness' team eventually triumphed by 26 points to 19.
The day was also attended by representatives from the Isle of Man TT Marshals Association, who were encouraging people to sign up to marshal for the 2010 TT races.

Isle of Man Tourism and Leisure Minister Martyn Quayle said:
"It is great to see the Isle of Man TT races playing such a high profile role in the Bike Show event and it's a great indication of the strength and increasing popularity of the races."

"Hopefully we have acquired some new fans over the weekend who will come and see the TT."


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Thousands of road racing fans visited the Isle of Man stand at the Carole Nash International Motorcycle Show in Birmingham
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Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Jochem van den Hoek.
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Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.
Michael Dunlop at the start of the RST Superbike race on the Bennetts Suzuki.

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