It’s hard to believe that another Isle of Man TT is almost upon us — the racing this year has the potential to be the best we’ve ever seen. With all the usual suspects back, the pace at the front is going to be hot.
Will we see the first 133 mph lap of the Mountain Course? Can anyone stop Michael Dunlop’s dominance? Will John McGuinness edge closer to the 26 wins of the legendary Joey Dunlop?
Then of course there’s the question that everyone is fed up of asking, can Guy Martin finally take his first win? This year could be his best chance as he’s arguably got the best machinery he’s ever had at the TT.
For a bit of fun I’m going to make some predictions for this years race winners:
- Superbike: Conor Cummins
- Supersport Race 1: Michael Dunlop
- Superstock: Michael Dunlop
- Supersport Race 2: Bruce Anstey
- Lightweight: Ryan Farquhar
- Senior: John McGuinness
- TT Zero: John McGuinness
- Both Sidecar Races: Dave Molyneux and Ben Binns.
I’d be interested to hear the predictions of the Asphalt & Rubber readers.
With the 1st practice session for TT 2015 only four days away, here’s a selection of pictures from the last few years to whet your appetite.
William Dunlop during the 2014 Supersport Race 2 at Glen Hellen.
Steve Plater on his way to victory in the 2009 Senior TT.
Michael Dunlop at Glentramman during the 2013 Supersport Race 2.
Ian Hutchinson arrives in the winners’ enclosure after taking the 1st of his record breaking five wins at the 2010 TT.
Guy Martin in Glen Vine during practice for TT 2012. This was the location of Guy’s huge crash in the 2010 Senior TT.
Sadly Josh Brookes won’t be competing in this year’s event, as he focusing all his efforts on the British Superbike Championship.
John McGuinness at the bottom of Barregarrow during the 2011 Superbike TT.
A 3rd different manufacture in as many years, can Michael Dunlop replicate his success from 2014 on the brand new Yamaha R1?
Photos: © 2015 Tony Goldsmith / www.tonygoldsmith.net – All Rights Reserved
Tony Goldsmith is an Isle of Man based freelance motorcycle racing photographer specialising in MotoGP and the Isle of Man TT races. His website can be found at www.tonygoldsmith.net. He can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.