After a very successful 2013, ContiRaceAttack tyres have been turning heads again in 2014 in the UK with riders across the country taking podiums in all disciplines and classes from endurance to classic, and a top 6 finish in the Lightweight TT. So what better way to see just what Continental race tyres are made of than the two week Manx GP, where a number of riders took their Continental shod bikes to take on the best road racing circuit in the world.
A 2014 convert to Continental, Darvill Racing had two bikes ready to race in the 2014 Manx GP including their powerful Kawasaki Z1000, with former TT racer Barry Clay due to take one out for a parade lap too. Due to technical problems the Z1000 failed to make it to the starting line, but their eye catching Suzuki was certainly ready for action with rider Keith McKay coming home as the top Mini Twin finisher in the Super Twin class.
Steve Moody of Dilligaf Racing has made a 100% start to his season in the EMRA Pre-Injection Championship at Mallory Park, and this time it was the turn of his Triumph race bike to get in on a piece of the action. Steve was returning to the island after an absence of several years, and put in a fantastic 108.236 average in the Junior race to earn himself a prized replica. During practice the troublesome Triumph gave the team some problems, which led to the frantic search for a new radiator throwing doubts on whether or not they would race at all. Steve was also on the grid for the Senior race, but another technical fault on the second lap caused him to retire. The team are now counting down to 2015!
Rhys Hardisty of RH Racing also suffered with some mechanical problems during the course of the two weeks, but still managed to record a time which made him the 4th fastest newcomer on his 1992 TZ250 whilst competing against a number of riders on 650s.
One half of Team Sorrymate, National 600 Endurance 2013 Champion Warren Verwey (pictured, credit to Paul “Aggie” Arthur) headed straight to the Isle of Man after his endurance win at Knockhill on his Tyres 4 Bikes prepared Kawasaki. Warren took an impressive 10th place in the Junior class with a 113.636mph average, before heading back out for the Super Twin race. A superb performance and 108.184mph average saw Warren finish 4th overall, just 6 seconds off the podium on his ContiRaceAttack Comp street legal race tyres. The final senior race was red flagged following a serious incident, which led to the tragic death of a competitor on the mountain course. Warren had climbed up to 9th, although results were taken from the end of lap two which saw him finish in 13th on the official results.