The field is now set for the 2013 Isle Of Man TT Races, fuelled by Monster Energy, with entries now closed for this year’s event. Four classes, the Dainese Superbike, Royal London 360° Superstock, Monster Energy Supersport and PokerStars Senior categories were oversubscribed, ensuring a high quality list of entries.
No fewer than ten manufacturers will be represented with established names such as Honda TT Legends, Tyco Suzuki, Milwaukee Yamaha and Ryan Farquhar’s KMR Kawasaki returning to the island while the list of riders is also impressive.
Nineteen-time TT race winner John McGuinness heads the list while fellow 2012 race winners Michael Dunlop, Bruce Anstey and Michael Rutter are also back for more. Equally exciting this year is the list of newcomers with British Superbike runner-up Josh Brookes the most high profile of them, the Australian partnering Guy Martin at Tyco Suzuki. Horst Saiger, a stalwart of Endurance Racing is also set for his debut with over eight different nationalities represented among this year’s rookies, including the TT’s first ever Chinese competitor in Cheung Wai On.
The Formula Two sidecar class will be as strong as ever with Dave Molyneux and Patrick Farrance looking to follow up their double victory of a year ago. Reigning world champion Tim Reeves returns although his title winning co-pilot Ashley Hawes won’t be alongside as Dan Sayle joins him again for the TT. After their disastrous 2012 campaign, John Holden and Andy Winkle will be desperate for better luck on the mountain course themselves when the 2013 event kicks off on May 25th.
Paul Phillips, TT & Motorsport Development Manager, is delighted to see such an impressive entry list as the event remains one of the highlights of the motorcycling calendar.
“Despite the global economic downturn, the Isle of Man TT has attracted an incredible entry for 2013 in all classes. It is a 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.”
“It is especially pleasing to see the commitment from all the leading teams and manufacturers, who clearly see the TT as a genuine global marketing platform for their sponsors. Meanwhile the interest from talented solo newcomers from around the world, and the mass influx of new sidecar crews, means that the TT’s sporting foundations are stronger than ever over 100 years on from the first running of this amazing event”.