TT: Isle of Man pre-race round up Part 2
Apr 27th 2022 –
David (Davo) Johnson
As the 8th fastest newcomer at the Isle of Man TT races Davo also took his First Classic RST Superbike win, in dramatic style in 2019, lying in second position with Michael Dunlop leading, Michael’s machine failed enabling Davo to capitalise and take the honours.
Now riding under the Rich Energy OMG Racing banner alongside team Mate James Hillier, both are entered to take part at the Northwest 200 and Isle of Man TT events.
Davo is a competitor who has already climbed the Rostrum at the TT with a 3rd place in the RL 360 Superstock race and gaining a 7th Position in the RST Superbike 2019 races he will certainly be 1 to watch.
Davo will certainly want to capitalise on his previous performance at the Festival of Motorcycling Classic win and carry the momentum through to this year’s event.
Davo has returned to the UK and in readiness for the road racing ahead is competing in the British Superbike series aboard his Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha alongside team mate James Hillier.
Davo will start number 9 at the TT with team mate James Hillier starting at his usual regular number 5
Michael has now turned 50 recently the same age as John McGuinness, and has shown his intention to return to the Northwest 200 and to continue his racing at the TT.
With 14 wins and 34 podiums at the North West 200 he is listed as the 3rd most successful rider at the Triangular circuit, behind Robert Dunlop and Alistair Seeley.
28 years since making his debut at the TT as well as being his 73rd TT race ,taking the iconic number 3 start number this time around he will compete in the Superbike, Superstock and Senior TT classes – once again on the Bathams Racing BMW M1000RR.
Michael holds the most wins (9) at Macau GP along with 20 podiums and is certainly no stranger to standing on the TT Podium with 9 wins and 22 podiums to his credit during his career on the Isle of Man TT Course
I spoke to Michael a few weeks ago and asked him what race/s would he specifically rate as special to him, his reply was,” There isn’t any that stand out as they are all special in their own way”
With his experience and knowledge of the course, Michael will be a rider to watch this year, Michaels start number is 3
Gary is no stranger to the Isle of Man Podium with 2 Supersport Race wins under his belt along with 6 podium places having competed in 63 TT races, finishing 45 and winning 41 silver and 4 bronze replicas
Gary has been getting up to speed competing in the No Limits Racing Series, and will be competing in Superbike, Superstock, Supersport and Lightweight at the TT and is taking part at the Northwest 200 in May 2022.
Gary is well known for being an all round racer and gives his best at every event, cordial to his many followers and methodical in the set up of his machines, always there to lend a helping hand to other competitors should their need arise on setting up their machines.
You can be sure that Gary will be out there chasing for his next win, I spoke to Gary yesterday and he said “ It’s very hectic at the moment and I am working hard to get all the machines in tip top condition in readiness for the tasks ahead.
I have been racing in the No Limits Series of late to keep myself fit and to ensure the bikes will be ready, and looking forward to getting over to the Northwest 200 and then onto the TT.
I took a trip over to the Isle of Man recently and the course is looking good, some of the course has undergone some surface repairs with bumps removed and trees have been removed giving a better view of the corner ahead in places, It’s been a long lay-off for road racing and really looking forward to getting back”
Gary’s start number for the TT is 7 his usual number
Conor well known as the 2 metre man has unfortunately never won a TT race in any discipline, not for the lack of trying; his highest placing has been 2nd.
He did however win the Newcomers in 2006 and has taken 10 podiums in four different classes, Senior, Supersport, Superstock and Lightweight.
Currently rated as the Sixth fastest Manxman in the history of the TT with a lap of 132.610 during the 2019 Senior Race, and also holds 40 Bronze and 2 Silver replicas.
Riding for the Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles, Honda, without doubt one of the best prepared machines that will be out there you can be sure that Conor will be out to set the records straight with a win.
Having been first away in 2018 and 2019 on the number 1 machine Conor has been elected number 11 for this year’s event, chasing Peter Hickman.
Report by Glynne Lewis