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Stunning line-up for 2013 Isle of Man TT

'It is testament to the TT's enduring appeal that, while many other events are seeing their entry numbers and quality reduce, we are having to turn people away with entries oversubscribed for the majority of our races' - Paul Phillips
The best road racers in the world have been signed up to contest the Isle of Man TT races in June, with organisers reporting oversubscribed classes.

Entries have now closed for the iconic motorsport event, with all the leading road racing teams confirmed.

Heading a star-studded line-up is Honda TT Legends rider and 19-times winner John McGuinness, who is joined in the team by Michael Dunlop and Michael Rutter for the Superbike and Senior races.

Tyco Suzuki's challenge is led by Guy Martin, with British Superbike star Josh Brookes preparing to make his debut at the TT for the Northern Ireland team on the GSX-R1000.

Cameron Donald returns on Wilson Craig's Honda machines while the evergreen Bruce Anstey remains with Clive Padgett's Honda outfit.

Manx hero Conor Cummins and Ulsterman William Dunlop will front Shaun Muir's Milwaukee Yamaha challenge, while former Supersport race winner Gary Johnson teams up with tuning legend Jack Valentine's factory-supported MV Agusta team for the 600cc races.

Johnson is also expected to ride a Honda Fireblade in the Superbike, Superstock and Senior races.

Ryan Farquhar's KMR Kawasaki team returns with last year's best newcomer, Jamie Hamilton, plus new signing Brian McCormack, while Michael Rutter has been linked to a ride in the Lightweight Supertwin race on one of Farquhar's ER6 machines.

Dan Stewart will ride for SMT Racing, while Ducati is represented by Lee Johnston in the Rapido Sport outfit.
James Hillier, Dan Kneen, Ian Lougher, Ben Wylie, Russ Mountford, Steve Mercer and Ivan Lintin add to the quality in depth, complemented by last year's top newcomers including Simon Andrews, David Johnson, Dean Harrison, Daniel Cooper, Karl Harris and Jimmy Storrar.

Manx Grand Prix riders Wayne Kirwan, Ryan Kneen and Jamie Coward will make their TT debuts this year, as will leading Irish road race specialist Derek Sheils.

A number of interesting entries, including new participants, have also been received for the SES TT Zero event, with teams looking to emulate last year's historic 100mph laps by race winner Michael Rutter on the MotoCzysz and John McGuinness on the Mugen.




Related Pictures

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John McGuinness on the Honda Legends Fireblade at the 2012 Isle of Man TT
William and Michael Dunlop in action at the North West 200
Jeremy McWilliams on the Harris Yamaha at the Island International Classic at Phillip Island
Mar-Train Racing has taken delivery of its new YZF-R1 machinery for the 2015 season
Michael Dunlop at the 2014 Isle of Man TT
Mar-Train Racing has taken delivery of its new YZF-R1 machinery for the 2015 season
Gearlink Kawasaki rider Glenn Irwin will be sponsored by the Ulster Grand Prix in 2015
Michael Dunlop with Milwaukee Yamaha team manager Mick Shanley
Honda Racing`s John McGuinness joined fellow Honda riders to take part in an assessment day at the English Institute of Sport – the organisation behind much of Team GB’s outstanding success at the London 2012 Olympics
Connor Cummins (pic: Dave Kneen)
John McGuinness and Conor Cummins back with Honda for TT 2015
Derek McGee will make his TT debut in 2015 after signing for Wilson Craig Racing
Derek McGee will ride for Wilson Craig Racing in 2015
Gary Johnson to race GBmoto Kawasaki in 2015 (pic: GBmoto).
Glenn Irwin and Ben Wilson with NW200 Event Director Mervyn Whyte and Rider Liaison officer Steve Plater
Ben Wilson and Glenn Irwin at the North West 200 circuit with Event Director Mervyn Whyte and Steve Plater, Rider Liaison officer
Jamie Hamilton and B.E. Racing team owner John Burrows
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Skiwi1 - Unregistered

March 08, 2013 7:11 PM

I hope Josh Brookes goes about the business of learning the island in an appropriate manner, gets home safely and it doesn't affect his short circuit pace too much. I take my hat off to him for having the balls to give it a go at this level in his career - a brave move. Safe riding fellas...



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