Entries for the 2007 Isle of Man TT Races closed on Friday the 30th of March, with race organisers the Manx Motor Cycle Club delighted to report that all solo classes have been significantly oversubscribed, whilst the sidecar entry increases over recent years.
The overall standard of the entry for this years races is arguably the strongest it has ever been and fans can look forward to some fascinating racing come June. A focused rider recruitment programme in recent years has been extremely successful, which has seen many new riders embark on a career around the Mountain Circuit enjoying almost immediate success.
In the last three years five solo riders have lapped the circuit at over 120mph on their debuts with an amazing total of 14 managing in excess of 115mph on their debuts in the past two TT’s. Two of those newcomers went on to finish on the podium in the following years Senior TT, with several more attracting manufacturer support and works rides following their TT debuts.
This trend looks set to continue in the Centenary year with another influx of talented new riders, the vast majority of whom are in their 20’s which is excellent news for the future of these famous races. Between them, the solo newcomers have a World Endurance Championship title, three British Championship titles, two AMA Championship titles, four Swedish Championship titles, four French Championship titles, two Spanish Championship titles, wins at the Macau Grand Prix and North West 200 as well as the title of fastest ever newcomer at the Ulster Grand Prix.
The Sidecar class has also benefited from a pro active recruitment campaign with a whopping 10 new crews entering for the first time, including World Superside podium finisher, German Mike Roscher.
Speaking about the standard of the entry, TT Clerk of the Course Neil Hanson commented:
“We are delighted that the Centenary TT has attracted an entry worthy of the status of the event. For a long time we have felt that we have the best road races in the world, but now we truly have the best entry for a road race in the world and the overall standard in both solo and sidecar classes is very high.”
“Of course with so many entries, there is not the room to accommodate everyone and undoubtedly some people will be disappointed not to gain entry this year, but it is vital for safety reasons that we continue to raise the bar throughout the entry, to try and minimise the differential between the first and last riders.”