Thursday Practice at the Gooseneck with Tony Goldsmith

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The weather was just abut perfect for Thursday evening’s practice session. I decided to take advantage of that and head for the mountain section.

The Gooseneck, which is around two miles outside of the northern town of Ramsey, is a cambered tight right-hander, and marks the start of the climb up the Mountain Road.

With a couple of friends in tow, we headed off with plenty of time to get to our chosen spot before the road closed. Unfortunately we only got as far as the Gooseneck as a road traffic accident had brought about an early closure to the Mountain Road.

While not the location we intended, we decided to stay put. Enjoy the photos!


Short-circuit scratching on the way into the Gooseneck with James Hiller, John McGuinness, Dan Kneen, and Lee Johnston.


John Holden and Dan Sayle round the Gooseneck.


Michael Dunlop was the talk of the paddock on Thursday after splitting from Milwaukee Yamaha and switching to BMW power.


Rusty old farm gates are just one of the many obstacles to be avoided.


Bruce Anstey on his Superbike at the approach to the Gooseneck.


John McGuinness on his Jackson Racing CBR600 Honda at the Gooseneck.


Riders ignoring the Manx scenery as they approach the Gooseneck.


Ian Hutchinson was quickest again and the first rider this year to lap at 130 mph.

Photos: © 2015 Tony Goldsmith / – All Rights Reserved

Tony Goldsmith

Tony Goldsmith is a freelance motorcycle racing photographer baced in the Isle of Man. He specializes in taking photos of the MotoGP Championship, as well as the Isle of Man TT road races.