The 2010 TT:
The one hundred and third running of the Isle of Man TT
offered great racing, the promise of improved spectator attractions and it
certainly delivered in one unexpected area.
Ian Hutchinson (Padgett's Racing) riding Honda machinery became the first rider in
the history of the TT to win five (5) ICE solo classes in the one year, an
incredible achievement for Ian and Honda.
The TT for 2010 consisted of three main events, the TT Races,
the TT Zero Race and the 50th Anniversary of the Suzuki Factory's
participation in what remains the greatest pure Motorcycle Road Racing Event in
the world. I decided to photograph from various points this year including
adjacent Hailwood House (start line), the obligatory Grandstand (pit area,
pit stops and rostrum), Ballaugh Bridge (spectacular antics), Ramsey Hairpin (Milky's
map helped me find the way) and Governor's Bridge.
Please click on the heading or associated image to be taken to
the dedicated page covering the event.....
THE SUPERBIKE RACE:
The first race of the TT week offered a hint of an
unheralded dominance at a TT by one Team. Ian Hutchinson, Padgett's Racing and
Honda delivered the first of a string of successes never achieved before at a TT.
Unfortunately it was also the first indicator of some teams
lack of success this year, particularly HM Plant and Relentless Suzuki.
The 'clickable' image opposite depicts Ian Hutchinson
landing 'on the front' at Ballaugh Bridge.
THE SIDECAR RACES:
A compilation of Races 1 & 2 are covered here, both won by
the 2001 World Sidecar Championship team of Klaus Klaffenbock and Dan Sayle.
I expected the IOM team of Dave 'Moly' Molyneux and Patrick
Farrance to be more dominant for Kawasaki, their overall result was tarnished by
a dnf in Race 2.
The 'clickable' image opposite depicts the Klaffenbock/Sayle
600cc LCR Honda outfit 'flying' at Ballaugh Bridge.
THE ZEV/TT ZERO RACE:
Once again I was vitally interested in this evolutionary
form of motor sport, again it is worth noting the TT heralded the first ever
sanctioned ZEV race in the world in 2009.
This years event certainly had its troubles due to politics
and a lack of international overall direction and planning for ZEV racing. The
FIM need to take a bold step here and replace the MotoGP 125cc series with ZEV
The 'clickable' image opposite depicts Mark Miller tucked
in on the Motoczysz E1pc ZEV motorcycle on his way to winning the TT Zero event
at record speed.
THE SENIOR RACE:
So much history was weighing on the Senior, the opportunity
for Ian Hutchinson to win five ICE TT solo events in the one year and overtake
Phillip McCallen's record of four TT wins in 1996. Originally scheduled as a six lapper the Senior was red
flagged during the third lap following a horrific fiery crash involving Guy Martin. The
subsequent four lapper which included another bad crash involving IOM rider Conor Cummins was won by Ian Hutchinson, setting a record that is not likely to
be equalled for some years!
The 'clickable' image opposite depicts Dainese Special
Guest and MotoGP star 'Jorge Lorenzo' congratulating Ian on his Senior TT win
and five ICE TT wins in one week.
A huge interest of mine, the TT pit area is fully
accessible to spectators and offers the opportunity to meet all the riders,
view their race machinery, purchase memorabilia, 'eat' and just soak up the
atmosphere that is so unique to the TT. One only needs to compare the restrictions imposed at
MotoGP and to a lesser extent WSBK events to realise how fortunate TT
spectators are to have an 'open pits policy'.
The 'clickable' image opposite depicts a BMW S1000RR race
engine, BMW returned to the Isle of Man in 2010, rekindling thoughts of their Sidecar
achievements and Helmut Dahne's solo production bike entries of long ago.
THE 'DAINESE' PARADE
The Dainese parade lap preceded the Senior TT and whilst
Ago did not attend this year there were some very interesting riders and
Whilst it was marvellous to see Luigi Taveri
make another TT appearance, a certain Mugen Motorcycle captured my attention, a
very rare and reportedly expensive motorcycle built by Soichiro Honda's son,
The 'clickable' image is a close up of the
'MRV1000 MUGEN' Motorcycle.
50th TT CELEBRATIONS:
Suzuki organised and clearly detailed their
intentions to celebrate the 50th year of Suzuki competing at the Isle of Man,
specifically a Suzuki Memorabilia display at the Manx Museum, a Suzuki Parade
Lap, an appearance by Suzuki MotoGP Star 'Loris Capirossi' and his 300th GP
Suzuki GSV-R800 and a lap of the TT course after the Senior TT by Suzuki's Cam
Donald on the GSV-R800, the first MotoGP bike to lap the TT course.
The 'clickable' image is the engine of a
Suzuki Scrambler X6, built circa 1967, on display in the pits, the meticulous
detail of this motorcycle was amazing.
SPRINT & CONCOURSE:
Suzuki had a Sprint planned, the official
Ramsey Sprint was gazetted, unfortunately the weather intervened and most of the
sprint racing was either cancelled or decidedly subdued. One item I did find somewhat peculiar was that
the contingent of beautiful Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycles from the 2009 event were
not in attendance in 2010.
The 'clickable' image is a 'Henderson 4' four
cylinder in line motorcycle, displayed adjacent the Sprint raceway.
The Joey Dunlop Foundation, patron Linda
Dunlop and family, John McGuinness, John Harris and a host of fans. It was all
happening at the Mad Sunday opening of Braddan Bridge House, apparently
politely known as Joey's Holiday Home. After a ten year battle by the Foundation,
finally they have opened a house bearing the Joey Dunlop Foundation name, it
includes three self contained apartments designed for disabled persons.
The 'clickable' image depicts Joey's Honda RC45 from
Joey's Pub with perpetual TT Trophies in the background.
The TT, it absolutely exudes atmosphere,
my travels around the TT course and environs uncovered a wide variety of
events, displays and typical Isle of Man 'happenings'.
The 'clickable' image depicts the amazingly
practical and resilient TT Scoreboard, no Plasma or fancy LED's here!
My walks around the pits and Glencrutchery
Road unearthed a few beautiful and unusual privately owned motorcycles, I have recorded
my 'pick of the bunch' here.
The 'clickable' image depicts the tank of an
MV Agusta 750cc, probably the most beautiful looking motorcycle ever.