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Stephen Thompson to make TT debut in 2010

Another high profile newcomer set to make their debut at the Isle of Man TT in 2010 has been announced.
The ranks of newcomers at the 2010 Isle of Man TT has been boosted with the announcement of another high profile first-time competitor on the Mountain Course.

Stephen Thompson has been unveiled as a member of the expanded thepeoplesbike.com team. The innovative team, which sees hundreds of race fans sponsor the team and have their picture displayed on the race fairing in return, made its own TT debut last year and boss Mark Cubbon has decided to return with a two-rider squad this year.

Alongside Thompson will be California's Mark Miller, the fastest ever American at the TT. Last year he recorded a fastest lap of more than 125mph and took three top 12 finishes. He is expected to break into the top 10 in 2010.

Miller's experience and speed at the TT should perfectly complement his newcomer teammate's abilities. Although this year is Thompson's TT debut, the Crumlin rider already has road racing experience from class-topping results at the North West 200, Macau and Ulster Grand Prix. In the late 1990s, he was one of Northern Ireland's top short circuit 125cc and 250cc racers, before switching to four strokes in 2002. He has also been a regular in the British Superstock Championship.

thepeoplesbike team is building a new Suzuki GSXR1000 Superstock bike so Thompson can compete in the Superbike, Superstock and Senior races at the TT.

Thompson said:

“I have always wanted to compete at the TT, but in previous years I have had commitments to other teams and championships.”

“With the help of the team at the Isle of Man Department of Tourism and Leisure and Mark from thepeoplesbike.com it has all just fallen into place this year.”

Team owner Cubbon added:

“As a team we are all very excited about working with Stephen, he is a very talented and level headed rider.”

“We are looking to build a long term association with Stephen as I am certain that given time and good machinery he has the ability to compete with the very best road racers at future TT events.”



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British Superstock Championship regular Stephen Thompson, who will make his Isle of Man TT debut in 2010
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
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.
Alan Bonner was killed in an incident at the 33rd Milestone.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
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.

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oul han at aghadowey - Unregistered

March 06, 2010 12:01 AM

if stephen gets the help of his neighbour and friend james courtney then he shud have a good steady run round the island. good luck half pint keep er lit.............. make sure SB is in gasoline alley to keep the red diesel puffing..........



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