The iconic Isle of Man TT is almost upon us, and starting order for the always spectacular, four lap Bennetts Lightweight TT race has been announced.
Ivan Lintin is the man to beat, having won race in the last two years. He will be jumping on board his Dafabet Devitt RC Express Racing Kawasaki to contest for his third win, starting from second. His team mate for the year Steve Mercer will be starting at number 9.
It is Lee Johnston who will have the pleasure of starting as number one, leading the way off the line for the Supersport races on the KMR Kawasaki. He’ll be heading into the TT off the back of a successful Northwest 200 which saw him in podium contention.
Martin Jessop is looking to take his winning streak from the NW200 with him into the TT on his Riders Motorcycles Kawsaki – the team in which he achieved his first two Northwest wins. He’ll be starting at number three, behind Lintin.
Michael Rutter will be starting from fourth to contest the Lightweight TT with the Italian Paton brand, who helped him not only achieve 3rd place in 2015, but also gave him the ability to set the third ever fastest lap in the class. His team mate will be Italian Stefano Bonetti, who will be looking to build upon his 5th place finish in 2016.
Thirteen time TT winner Michael Dunlop will be competing upon the McAdoo Racing Kawasaki and starting from 6th, with his Lightweight TT team mate James Cowton – who finished 3rd in the race in 2014, lining up not far behind in 8th.
Gary Johnson will be riding the Chinese WK Moto machinery once more, lining up in 7th and hoping to better his fourth place finish from last year.
Other notable riders include British Superbike star Peter Hickman who will be starting in 10th and riding the second of the KMR Kawasaki‘s for Ryan Farquhar, with his third team mate Danny Webb not so far behind him in 13th.
Rounding out the top 20 will be Michael Russell (Suzuki) – a double Manx GP winner, Dan Hegarty (Paton) – the 2016 TT Privateer’s champion, Dan Kneen, Derek Sheils, 2015 Manx GP winner Rob Hodson, Swede Bjorn Gunnarsson, Derek McGee and finally Colin Stephenson.
The TT begins in just nine days time and the Lightweight race is just one of many we can expect to enjoy over the week.
But who’s your money on?