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TT guys deserve the utmost respect, enthuses F1 star Webber

F1 title contender and six-time grand prix-winner Mark Webber might put his life on the line 20 weekends a year - but the Australian insists his courage is nothing compared to that of the riders who brave the legendary TT...
Leading F1 star Mark Webber has expressed his admiration and awe for riders who brave the iconic Isle of Man TT races, praising their bravery and skill as 'amazing' and 'absolutely incredible' – and revealing that it was the first time a sporting event had left him feeling 'blown away'.

Webber is a self-confessed motorcycle nut, a huge MotoGP fan and the proud owner of a £5,000 Yamaha Fazer 600, what he has previously described as 'tame' and 'very middle-of-the-road'. He and his father Alan – who is a motorbike dealer at home in Australia – were guests at the 2008 edition of the legendary TT, and even two-and-a-half years on, Red Bull Racing's six-time grand prix-winner still speaks of what he witnessed there in rapturous tones.

“There's a bike race on the Isle of Man and to see what the riders do is amazing,” the 34-year-old enthused, speaking to the Sydney Sun Herald. “To see what a human can do – the concentration levels while knowing just the smallest mistake could mean you might die – is absolutely incredible.”

“I've always heard of the TT being hugely unique but, as usual, TV and 'YouTube' don't do justice whatsoever to how special the event and the competitors are,” he had said back in 2008. “To start with, the course itself is absolutely phenomenal! I've been to plenty of racetracks around the world, but to see 37 miles of public roads closed off for racing is just awe-inspiring.

“I've been to some of the biggest sporting events in the world too, but standing there with my dad it's the first time I've been blown away as a spectator by such an event. These guys deserve so much more recognition for what they do. People talk about concentration in sport – I would like to see one that rivals what they do!”

Just under a year ago, MotoGP veteran Loris Capirossi had quipped to TT riders that 'compared to what you guys do, I am really a girl – you are real men' [see separate story – click here].

Related Pictures

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Guy Martin returns to the road racing fray at the 2010 Ulster Grand Prix, just seven weeks after an horrific crash at the Isle of Man TT (Alan Armstrong Photography)
Mark Buckley during the 2010 Isle of Man TT (www.simonsracepics.co.uk)
Keith Amor and Ryan Farquhar do battle during the 2010 Skerries 100 road races, the 65th meeting of the popular road racing festival outside Dublin (Alan Armstrong Photography)
TT 2010, Guy Martin,
Ryan Farquhar in action on the Dundrod circuit during the 2010 Ulster Grand Prix (Simon Patterson/Pacemaker Press International)
John McGuinness at Ballaugh Bridge during the Wednesday evening`s practice at the Isle of Man TT, where he lapped at an average speed of more than 130mph (Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press International)
Thursday, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB6
Friday Practice 1, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB6
Thursday, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB6
Guy Martin on the Honda Fireblade at the Isle of Man TT.
Dean Harrison, Dan Kneen and Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100.
Derek Sheils in action at the Walderstown road races.
Michael Dunlop at the Classic TT
Derek Sheils on the Cookstown B.E. Racing Suzuki at the Skerries 100.
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.

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mothertongue - Unregistered

January 11, 2011 11:36 PM

June. and what about all the women who do risky things like Horse riding. especially when they have a husband and children to cook and clean for. How dare they leave the kitchen. Damned irresponsibility if you ask me.

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