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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
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.
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.

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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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