Manx Grand Prix Newcomers visit the island

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The second of two visits to the Isle of Man by aspiring Manx Grand Prix newcomers takes place this weekend (March 29 and 30).

More than 20 riders came over from the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man and France courtesy of the Hailwood Foundation.

The visitors are spending their time doing laps of the course accompanied by experienced racers who talk them through the finer points of racing in the Manx.

They also met club officials from the Manx Motor Cycle Club which organises the event as well as scrutineers who offered advice on bike preparation.

Club chairman Harvey Garton welcomed the newcomers telling them: ‘We are delighted to see so many of you here today wanting to ride on the Mountain Course. We are here to help. We want you to have a fantastic and safe time with us.’

The Hailwood Foundation has been organising the visits for a number of years but 2014 has seen a bumper number of riders showing an interest in taking part.

Signing on and practising for the Manx Grand Prix and Classic TT start on Saturday August 16. Manx Grand Prix races kick off with the Newcomers on Monday August 25, the Lightweight/Supertwins and Junior are on Wednesday 27 and the event finishes with the Senior on Friday August 29.

For a full report of the visit see Thursday’s Manx Independent

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