After a manic two weeks on the Isle of Man, which saw everything from torrential rain to glorious sunshine, the 2015 Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix has finally come to an end – with some excellent results for riders running ContiRaceAttack tyres!
The first week was especially difficult for newcomers, with the weather making it difficult for organisers to to reschedule all sessions – leaving many riders with little time to become familiar with the famous mountain course. Much of the available time was allotted to the big names of road racing, as they geared up for the Classic TT at the beginning of week two.
Dilligaf Racing’s Steve Moody was making a return to the island for the second year in a row, after picking up a coveted Silver Replica in 2014, and made the most of his practice sessions, even breaking into the top ten with the likes of Michael Dunlop and Ivan Lintin before a red flag incident sadly saw the session draw to a close. Steve recorded his first two practice runs, and you can jump on board with him here!
The first success of the week came in the F2 Classic TT, as Welsh rider and up and coming road race star Rhys Hardisty took 3rd place on his ContiRaceAttack Comp shod Yamaha TZ250, as well as finishing as top privateer behind Ryan Kneen and James Cowton. Rhys, sponsored by R.E.P.S Motorcycles of Caldicot, has had a superb season this year – also taking a win and the Best Newcomer award at the Tandragee 100. He also took his Yamaha R6 to 14th in the Junior Manx GP race later on in the week, and then 12th in the Senior.
After the Classic TT had finished, it was the turn of the Manx GP newcomers to show just what they could do, with a minimal number of sighting laps under their collective belts. Wirral 100 rider Sam Cross, who only switched to ContiRaceAttack Comp tyres earlier this year, put in a superb performance in the B race to stick himself on the 2nd step of the podium, just behind the winner Gary Vines. He also took a top 10 place in the Supertwins race later in the week.
Steve Moody and his troublesome Triumph were on for a personal best lap in the Tuesday practice session until a piston came right through the top of the engine at Brandywell, the exact same place where Steve broke down in the 2014 Senior race. This left Steve without a working bike for the Junior race, and the team desperately searching for a replacement engine on the island to make sure he was on the grid for Friday’s Senior race. Lancashire based Wiz Norton racing certainly didn’t have any problems with their bike in the Junior race however, with #33 rider Richard Wilson starting in 30th position and taking the team’s Honda CBR600RR all the way up to 11th.
By the time Friday came around the Dilligaf Daytona 675R was on the grid, the team having successfully found and fitted a stock engine after much hard work. At the end of Lap 1, Steve had put in a superb personal best of 112.618mph, and Lap 2 was even faster at 112.756mph before he pulled in to refuel. This year Steve was keen to test the harder compound ContiRaceAttack Comp Endurance, as used by Olie Linsdell on his Paton S1 Strada to take 6th place in the 2014 Lightweight TT. After four laps of the famous 37.73 mile mountain course, Steve finished in 25th position with an average lap of 111.069mph including his pit stop, collecting his second silver replica in as many years.
Congratulations to all riders running Continental race tyres in 2015 on some absolutely fantastic results, and we hope to see you all back on the island again next year! A special mention also goes out to the Hedzup Racing team, a youth development project based in Dundee, who won the Spirit of the Manx award for 2015 for all their efforts this year.