THE weekend provided a sunny introduction to the Mountain Course for the first batch of this year’s Manx Grand Prix newcomers.
About 25 prospective riders in this year’s event, which takes place in the latter two weeks of August, had a tour of the TT course followed by a question and answer session with officials from organisers the Manx Motor Cycle Club.
The trips, organised by the Hailwood Foundation, allow would-be entrants a chance to lap the course by bus with commentary and explanation from experienced riders.
Welcoming them to the Isle of Man, MMCC chairman Harvey Garton said: ‘Please tell all your friends about the races because the event can only survive if we have more people coming over and sitting in the hedges to spectate. The more we can get, the more we can rely on a secure future for the event.’
Riders came from England, Ireland and Scotland and included a team of four riders from the British army. Tom Daisley, 33, from Winchester is one of them and intends to ride his ZX6R in the event.
‘I was just blown away by it. It was amazing and I can’t wait to get out there - even if the mountain does look a bit of a handful,’ he said.
The others are Rob Chisholm, 36, from Hampshire, Neil Watson, 28, from South Yorkshire and Jason Markham, 29, from Lincolnshire.
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Weather for Isle of Man
Sunday 19 May 2013
Temperature: 8 C to 13 C
Wind Speed: 9 mph
Wind direction: South east
Temperature: 9 C to 13 C
Wind Speed: 23 mph
Wind direction: North west