Nicky Hayden Will Lap at the Isle of Man TT

04/14/2011 @ 5:34 pm, by Jensen Beeler8 COMMENTS

This year marks 100 years of racing on the Mountain Course at the Isle of Man TT, which should make for a special event for all of those involved. Usually each year there is a famous motorcycle racer(s) that has the honor of doing a parade lap on the historic road course, and this year should be especially interesting for us Americans as Nicky Hayden will take a lap around the Isle of Man TT course.

The 2006 MotoGP World Champion will be joined by five-time 500GP World Champion Mick Doohan, as well as Ian Hutchinson, who astoundingly won all five solo races in last year’s TT. With Hayden sponsored by both Arai and Dainese (both event sponsors), it perhaps isn’t too surprising that the charismatic American will be taking part in the Arai Parade lap at the TT. Of course it could be the allure of British food and miserable weather that sealed the deal…tough call on that one.

All joking aside, Hayden seems excited for the event that pits real men on real city streets. “I’m really looking forward to going to the Isle of Man. I’ve been to pretty much every kind of motorcycle race you can imagine – the Daytona 200, the Jerez MotoGP, the Anaheim Supercross, the Namur World Motocross – but I’ve never been to the Isle of Man or any other real street race,” said Hayden.

“The TT is just one of those events that every race fan wants to see eventually. I’m a huge fan of motorcycle racing of any kind, and I feel like this one is definitely something I’m missing. People have always told me, ‘You need to go to the TT,’ and now I’m finally going to get my chance. I’m really looking forward to meeting the riders, and I want to see what they do and how they do it. I’m not sure what to expect, but I do know it takes a brave rider, which is something I respect.”

Hayden’s appearance the Isle of Man TT comes during a time that sees the roadracing series looking to increase its worldwide presence. Not especially well known in the United States, certainly even less so outside of motorcycle circles, the Isle of Man has been looking for ways to increase exposure of the TT. Lately, there have even been interest in taking the TT format to other venues, giving it a year-round worldly status.

Source: IOMTT; Photo: © 2011 Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved

  • Mike J

    “real city streets”..? Douglas is only just big enough to rate as a town!

  • There’s a part of me that’s sad the TT feels it has to orchestrate these PR junkets. I’d feel totally different about this if Nicky had initiated the trip, but the truth is, he’s just fulfilling contractual obligations to Arai and Dainese. Not that whatever reaction he has to the TT will be feigned. If his eyes are open, he’ll realize that the TT is to MotoGP what MotoGP is to video games.

    The world of motorcycle road racing will always be split between ‘road racing’ and racing on real roads. No one who understands the difference – really, viscerally understands it – thinks that the TT needs any building up. They call it the ‘Mountain Course’ for a reason; it’s the K2 of our sport. It doesn’t need ratification from circuit racers.

    End of rant.

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  • Other Sean

    I agree with you Mark Gardiner. What I’m trying to get my head around is how the TT is trying to become a series, or brand of racing; they want to farm the TT name out and have similar events in other cities. I think that would be a sad whoring out, but it’s a corporate, franchised world we live in.


  • buellracerx

    whatever keeps IOM alive, because unfortunately, Mark, even the vast majority of mc racing fans don’t truly understand the difference – I know I didn’t at first.

    I, for one, would definitely add televised exposure of such a city streets-based series to my DVR schedule ..why not?

  • Andrew

    Any word on what he will be riding? I assume it’s not the GP11, but that it will be some other Ducati bike.

  • pete

    @andrew hopefully a desmosedici [cross fingers] ridden in anger á la cameron donald on the gsv-r last year

  • FernandoARG

    It will be a Desmo, which is the direct “street racing replica” of the GP11, like Vale rode an R1 in the past here.