Isle of Man: TT 2008

with 2 comments

With less than a week before the opening of what is unquestionably the greatest motorcycle racing event in history, some of the defending champions my be in for a long fortnight. The annual precursor that takes place in the north of Ireland, known as the NW200, certainly brings cause to question what challenges await at the Isle of Man TT.

One defending champion in particular, 13 time TT winner John McGuinness, was all but shut out on the emerald island this weekend with only two third place podium finishes in the 250cc and Superbike race 1, the first two races of the day. From there it was all downhill for the successor to 9 time TT champion David Jefferies, whose potential to contest the overall wins lead was cut short due to an unfortunate accident in a thursday practice session that took his life in 2003.

As it is in all of motorsport, it’s not the first time someones racing career has been tragically interrupted. One family known for many years to the followers of real road racing is that of the undisputed ‘King of the RoadsJoey Dunlop, and his younger brother Robert who sadly passed away after a crash in practice at this years NW200. In the opening contest of this years NW200, Robert’s son Michael rode to his first North West win on his Pirate Racing 250cc Honda.

Veteran rider and relative newcomer to the TT, Steve Plater, could turn out to play the foil to John McGuinness, if his performance at this years NW200 is any indication, as he captured the top spot on the podium in both Supersport 600 races and the second Superbike tilt. TAS Suzuki riders Bruce Anstey and Cameron Donald could also play into the mix this year in both Supersport and Superbike.

Although up until last years Centenary event, one could freely listen to the RadioTT stream from Manx Radio online. That is no longer provided free, instead the official IOMTT site is offering an affordable pair of packages on their TTLive page for £10 and £20, with a discounted ‘Gold’ package price of £15 if subscribed before Tuesday, May 27th. ITV4 is said to be providing some coverage of the races also, that should be available online.

So, as the clock counts down to the opening ceremonies for the second century of racing on the mountain, it could turn out to be one of the most contested events of the last decade and looks primed for some potential upsets to be had.

Best of luck to all the riders for a safe TT this year.

Isle of Man Guide 3D Maps


Written by mudshark

May 18, 2008 at 8:00 pm

2 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. will have to watch some of this, i’ve been to the isle of man a few times as i have a relative over there, but never when the TT races are on, i bet it’s total madness over that particular weekend.

    The footage from the bike with a mounted camera on is pretty unbelievable, it just show how one wrong turn going at that speed and you’ve had it.


    May 19, 2008 at 11:06 am

  2. if I could ever afford to take a real vacation I’d be there for the whole two weeks.
    a friend of mine goes to Ireland every couple of years and I was going to try and work something out that way but it’s pretty much out of the question now as I have all kinds of time but no income. lmao!

    there used to be some decent coverage here of the TT through Greenlight TV on Speedvision before Fox consumed it and turned it into the nascar channel [Speed Channel]. oh well, good thing there’s broadband. ; )


    May 19, 2008 at 12:24 pm

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s