Many motorcycling hero’s and legends have been made on the island such as Irish man, Joey Dunlop winner of 26 TT titles and English man John McGuiness with 16 victories. It has been the ultimate proving ground for many modern motor cycles.
12 Czechoslovakia Riders and one Czech Rider have completed in the TT over the years. In 2009. Michal Dokoupil is the last rider in row of Czech road-racers who raced on Isle of Man. His 600cc machine developed a Technical problem on the 3rd lap in second race ending his fantastic performance, highlighting his great racing talent following races on the Irish road circuits. He won at Kells and Dundrod and did three Top10 times in the Ulster Grand Prix.
It has to be said that road racing culture is on the increase here in Slovakia with many Slovak bikers making the trip this year to visit the Mecca of motorcycle road racing. Given the popularity of sports bikes and the new Slovakia Ring located close to Bratislava not top mention the attraction of Pezinská Baba Hill with bikers, who knows maybe Slovakia might soon have the up and coming Rossi’s and Dunlops of the future.
Back on the island, Thursday saw a fine display of the spirit of the TT, the race original scheduled for Wednesday was postponed due to rain and run instead on Thursday saw Gary Johnson win his first ever TT win in the second Isle of man TT Supersport race. He stormed over the 4 laps astride his East Coast Honda CBR600. and finished 8.4 seconds ahead of 16 time IOMTT winner John McGuiness also riding a Honda CBR600.
When the race got underway, many were expecting a top performance from Supersport race-1 winner Michael Dunlop son of the latew Robert Dunlop. But the Street Sweep Yamaha YZF-R6 IOMTT rider had some problems and was forced to stop at Ballacraine to make some adjustments on the bike. Dunlop’s first lap was over 45 minutes.
In the mean time, Johnson was screaming over the IOMTT Mountain Course, with the English rider averaging an impressive 125.587 mph (202.18 Kph) on his first lap, the race action was dominated by McGuinness, Martin, Cameron Donald (Honda) Bruce Anstey (Padgetts Honda) and Dan Kneen (Mark Bloom Racing Yamaha); all four were separated by only six seconds.
By the second IOMTT Supersport lap, Johnson was 15 seconds ahead of McGuinness, who completed his 50th TT race Thursday. The lead group would spread apart a bit heading into the final lap, with Donald almost 11 seconds behind Johnson. But just when he looked to be taking second, Donald’s Honda had some problems resulting in him retiring from the race.
This gave second to McGuinness, with Martin taking third. Rounding out the top five were McGuinness’ teammate Keith Amor and Supersport 1 race-winner Anstey, respectively.
There was a bit of controversy, though. Many IOMTT riders reported that red flags were not displayed correctly at Ramsey and Union Mills, which brings into question the race results.
With his second-place finish, McGuinness now has 76 points. McGuinness, who won Saturday’sDainese 6-lap Superbike race, leads his teammate Amor by 17 points.