Well here we are once again on the eve of a new season of “pure” road racing. Following a few tune ups, to get my eye in, at trackdays at Oulton Park over the coming month the season for me begins in earnest with a trip to Oliver’s Mount at Scarborough in mid April quickly followed a month later with the 2013 TT. With just over 70 days to go before racing commences on the daunting Mountain Circuit it’s a good time to have a quick pictorial review of the 2012 season.
There’s no better way to start than this shot of the retiring Ryan Farquhar. It’ll be interesting to see who will fill his boots as he’d become something of a Scarborough specialist in recent years and whilst we will miss him riding I’m sure he’ll be on hand to give his riders Jamie Hamilton and Connor Behan every encouragement.
Next up from 2012 is the improving Irishman Derek Sheils who will be making his TT debut in 2013. Looking forward to seeing how he manages the twists and turns, not to mention the high speed jumps, of the TT course. I have a suspicion that he’ll feel right at home as he demonstrates in this shot from Scarborough’s Jefferies Jumps.
They’ll all be chasing the irrepressible John McGuinness of course and any thoughts of retirement have been dismissed by the Morecambe Missile as he continues to edge closer to the 26 TT victories of the King of the Mountain, Joey Dunlop. Time will tell but there’s every chance that he will continue his dominance of the event, especially on the Superbikes, aboard the TT Legends Honda Fireblade.
2013 will also see the return of Norton to the TT with two bikes entering the Senior. Ian Mackman will be joined by Den Hegarty aboard the distinctive SG1 Norton. The machine will feature a host of changes for 2013 including an “in house” new frame amongst a host of improvements to the power plant.