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    Honda Motor Europe has announced an exciting two-rider line-up for its 2017 Road Racing assault at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT in the Superbike classes. Re-signing for the Honda Racing team is TT legend John McGuinness, who will be joined by Guy Martin on the all-new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2.

  • Darren Hope is looking for a passenger for the TT.

    Obviously an experienced passenger who can take in a couple of meetings beforehand to get acquainted to each other would be preferred.

    If you can help give Darren a call on ,, click read more..

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    Northern Ireland’s Paul Jordan has confirmed that he will be making his debut at the 2017 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy.

    The 25-year-old, who started out as a talented short circuit racer in the British Championship finishing third in the 2008 125cc British Championship and fifth in 2009, has spent recent years plying his trade between the hedges.

    Having finished third in the 2014 125cc Ulster Grand Prix, Jordan finished second overall in that year’s Ulster 125cc Road Racing Championship before going one better the following year, winning the title, along with the Irish Championship, with three wins and five podiums. He also took fifth overall in the Irish Supersport 600cc Championship and was voted the most improved road racer of the year by the Motorcycle Union of Ireland.

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    After the disappointment of a non finish to Saturday's first sidecar race at the Isle of Man TT festival and a lot of problems during practice Mansfield brothers Ben and Tom Birchall rode a perfect race to take a resounding win in the second encounter on Friday.

    Although the LCR Honda let go in the first race the Birchall brothers were delighted to find they had taken the lap record registering 116.798mph on the second lap. Unfortunately the unforgiving 37.73 mile mountain roads course took its toll on the final lap when they were forced to retire at Sulby crossroads.

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    Tim Reeves will be hoping for better fortune in Friday's second Sidecar race at the Isle of Man TT races having been forced to retire from Saturday's opening encounter on the final lap.

    With perfect conditions all week on the island, the F13K Cancer/Klaffi Honda driver had encountered a few problems during practice week none more so than on Tuesday evening when passenger Patrick Farrance caught his backside on the banking on the approach to Laurel Bank and they were forced to stop.

    However, although Farrance was bruised, he was otherwise ok and the team regrouped for the remainder of the week and Thursday evening saw them post two 114mph+ laps, both of which were faster than Tim had ever gone before around the Mountain Course. The fastest was 114.83mph which placed them second on the overall practice leaderboard and in a good position going into Saturday's race.

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    With warm and bright conditions the first of two "Sure sidecar" races got under way.

    Gordon and Phil set off down "Bray Hill" all was going well, when the race was red flagged due to an incident at "Bishopscourt"

    All sidecar crews returned to pit lane. The race was rescheduled for the full three laps, and the start time was 16.00.

    Once again Gordon and Phil set off down "Bray Hill". All was good with the bike, but again fuel mapping was a problem all through the three laps. Gordon just had to get on with the race, nothing was going to change the mapping now. Gordon and Phil were all on their own throughout the race, so it was all down to them where they were going to finish the race.

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    John Holden and Andy Winkle claimed their second win at the Isle of Man TT, fuelled by Monster Energy, five years after their first win, when they benefited from the final lap retirement of Ben and Birchall. The Lancastrian pair took a dramatic victory by almost a minute from Peter Founds/Jevan Walmsley with brother Alan Founds, partnered by Aki Aalto, in third.

    The Birchalls had a 34s lead when they stopped at Sulby Crossroads on their final lap although they did have the consolation of a new outright lap record of 116.798mph.

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    As the sun continued to shine well into the Manx evening, the Sure Formula Two Sidecar competitors at the 2016 Isle of Man TT times, fuelled by Monster Energy, had their final shakedown before Saturday's opening three-lap race and John Holden and Andy Winkle reasserted themselves at the top of the leaderboard as they recorded the fastest lap of the week at 115.349mph.

    Dave Molyneux/Dan Sayle were first away again with the Birchall brothers next to go ahead of Holden/Winkle, Ian and Carl Bell, Alan Founds/Aki Aalto and Gary Bryan/Jamie Winn.

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    Once again the weather was perfect for practice on Wednesday night, although there was a strong wind all round the 37 three quarter TT course.
    Gordon and Phil have been having fuel problems with their "Shand Racing" Honda powered machine over the last couple of practice sessions. The team have been working to try and rectify this problem.

  • From Greg Mahon.. 

    "My brother dave has had to pull out of the tt due to busting a couple of ribs, so Kenny Howles urgently needs a passenger for tonight. any chance you can help to get the message out there."

    Give Greg Mahon a call on 07624497919 or find him or Amanda Jane Howles on FB, alternatively find Kenny in the paddock if you can help please! 

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    Tim Reeves and Patrick Farrance upped the ante in qualifying for the two Sure Mobile Formula Two sidecar races with a best lap of 114.83mph to send them to the top of the leaderboard.

    17-times TT winner Dave Molyneux, with Dan Sayle in the chair, wasn't too far behind with another 114mph plus lap as Ben and Tom Birchall also put themselves in contention.

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    TT rising sidecar star Alan Founds has received the prestigious Mike Hailwood Foundation Scholarship Award for the Best up and coming Newcomer at the TT.

    This is the first time it has ever been awarded to a Sidecar team since it was established in 1981 to support up and coming riders at both the Manx GP and the TT Races.

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    A message from Steve E and all the admin on the forum before you read the report - hope you're not too damaged Jonesy and get well soon mate! 

    With perfect conditions lasting long into the evening for qualifying for the 2016 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy, the Formula Two sidecars enjoyed a good session, which got underway at 8.05pm.

    After setting the quickest time on Monday evening, John Holden/Andy Winkle again topped the leaderboard, improving their speed to 113.15mph. It was close though with father and son team Ian and Carl Bell only marginally slower at 112.98mph.



    The Formula Two Sidecar class enjoyed their first qualifying session at the 2016 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy, which followed on from the solo session.

    The session got underway shortly after the scheduled 7.55pm start time in great conditions and John Holden/Andrew Winkle, who were reunited this year after Winkle's enforced absence with injury last year, were quickly on the pace.

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    The 2016 Isle of Man TT races got off to a testing time for Gordon Shand from Kilwinning and passenger Philip Hyde from Leicester.

    With a brand new “Shand Chassis” powered by Honda 600cc engines the pair set off down “Bray Hill” on their first practice session.

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    Isle of Man TT race winners, and World Sidecar Champions, Klaus Klaffenboeck and Tim Reeves have joined forces for June’s two Formula Two Sidecar races with the ‘dream team’ perfectly placed to push for the race wins.


    The eleventh hour deal will see Klaffenboeck supply Reeves with Honda engines and full technical support, including the Technical Director of Team Klaffi – a former F1-technician -, throughout the fortnight with the firm aim of increasing Reeves’ tally of wins around the 37 and ¾ mile Mountain Course. The deal is also set to include the Southern 100 and Scarborough Gold Cup and extend beyond the 2016 road racing season.

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    With almost 70 entries accepted for the two Sure Sidecar races at this year's Isle of Man TT Races, fuelled by Monster Energy, two more exciting three-lap encounters are expected.

    Seven former race winners return to the TT Mountain Course in the line up, with a combined total of 25 victories, while no less than 13 drivers who have already lapped the Mountain Course at more than 110mph will start this year. The strength in depth extends through the field, proof that the Formula Two TT Sidecar races are the best three-wheel races in the world.

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    The Department of Economic Development (DED) is to seek the approval of Tynwald to appoint UK events company Vision Nine as the promoter of the TT and Classic TT Races.

    Vision Nine has targets that would see spectator numbers for the TT and Classic TT grow significantly by 2026 while generating double the economic benefit for the Isle of Man and a DED saving of £23 million.

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    Ryan Farquhar has today (Wednesday) announced his plans for the 2016 International road racing season and it promises to be one of the most exciting yet in his illustrious career.

    The Dungannon ace is set to have a three pronged attack across the Superbike, Superstock and Lightweight classes with the biggest news being that he will be switching to BMW power for the 1000cc categories after eight years with Kawasaki.