The 2009 TT:
Once again I was drawn to the Island for the one hundred and second running of the Isle of Man TT.
The TT for 2009 consisted of three main events, the TT Races, the
inaugural TTXGP and the 50th Anniversary of the Honda Factory's
participation in what remains the greatest pure Motorcycle Road Racing Event in
Please click on the heading or associated image to be taken to
the dedicated page covering the event.....
THE ISLE OF MAN TT
The TT looked even more competitive for 2009,
regardless of economic issues, Honda were back supporting HM Plant riders John McGuinness
and Steve Plater.
Yamaha had a plan to upstage Honda, Ago was no
doubt always going to attend but a certain MotoGP star by the name of Valentino
Rossi made a quick trip to the Island on Superbike day, tremendous stuff.
The 'clickable' image opposite depicts John McGuinness
with the Superbike Winners Trophy for the Honda HM Plant
Team with Ago and Vale in the foreground. Lots more TT 2009 records are covered on the 'dedicated page'...
Vitally interested in this one, I had posted many critical
comments regarding the TTXGP prior to the event, all related to Electrical
Safety in Motor Racing. Thankfully, to my knowledge no serious Electrical Safety
Issues occurred during the TT fortnight.
In my opinion the future of all forms of Motor Sport
started with this event, being the first fully sanctioned Zero Emission Vehicle
(ZEV) Race in the world, a genuine coup for the TT.
The 'clickable' image opposite is typical of the complexity already
evident in TTXGP Racing Machinery, it is a close up of the winning Team Agni
Motorcycle Electrical Controls. The 'dedicated page' includes images of the
event and a link to my comments on Electrical Safety in Motor Racing...
HONDA'S 50th TT
The signs weren't good, the economic downturn,
rumours of no genuine factory racing machinery on show and little or no
involvement from Riders and Mechanics that have brought Honda so much
glory in the past at the TT.
Unfortunately the celebrations were at best
confusing, they lacked planning and timing, there were some highlights, one just
had to persevere and determine where and when events were happening, I wish
Honda could have commemorated this milestone in their history with a great deal
more professionalism and physical presence of both Man and Machine.
The 'clickable' image is the 50th Anniversary
Plaque, I have recorded the main celebration events on the 'dedicated page' and
hope they are of interest...
A tremendous adjunct to the TT, the Ramsey
Sprint includes the Sprint Racing along the foreshore, Concourse De Elegance
and Vintage Motorcycle Displays.
There were some great machines on display,
particularly Suzuki Hayabusa conversions and a certain Kingston University
TTXGP 'Sprint Racer'.
The 'clickable' image is just a glimpse of
the most gorgeous Hayabusa colour scheme and workmanship that I have ever