The Isle of Man, synonymous for its beautiful landscape, temperamental weather and for two weeks out of the year, the words fastest and most dangerous road race.

So why do thousands of motorbike fans flock to this tiny island in the middle of the Irish Sea? It’s easy; for the atmosphere, the pure thrill and of course to see bikes fly past at speeds of 180mph + just centimetres away on normal, everyday public roads.

We arrived a day before the first scheduled evening of practice so we had a little time to explore…but due to the fog, mist and rain we were limited to what we could do, so we ended up heading to the paddock which luckily for us was only a 15 minute walk away. The paddock is one of the many things that shocked me. The easy access to the team’s tents and boxes allowed to you to really get involved with the event itself and everything that goes on behind closed doors. In a matter of minutes you could have brushed shoulders with three different riders… but of course I was too scared to ask for a photo!

Then followed days of practice sessions and finally races. As this year was my first TT, I was listening to other people’s recommendations on where to watch around the track. After much deliberation we decided on: Bray Hill, Hillberry, Kirk Michael, the Gooseneck and the Creg-Ny-Baa. Each of these spots were great for different reasons. Watching from Bray Hill, Hillberry and even the Creg allowed you to witness the sheer speeds that the riders do when averaging a 132mph +lap. In particular, Kirk Michael puts into perspective how close the riders get to the homes, churches and numerous other buildings which line the 37 + mile course. Kirk Michael also opened my eyes to how the local communities come together during practice and race periods, more often than not providing hot drinks and homemade cake!

The racing itself was like nothing I have ever witnessed before – the TV programmes do not do it justice! After watching the Isle of Man TT every year for the past 7 or 8 years on the TV I had some idea of what to expect, but the real thing still shocked me! The pure speed, skill and atmosphere of the crowd is something I will never forget. From being sat at the Gooseneck watching riders hit the apex lap after lap, to being sat behind the wall at Hillberry just a matter of centimetres away is a feeling that I had never felt before and hopefully one I will feel again!

However, in the space of two days, the TT paddock lost three incredibly fast, talented and brave men. On June 6th 2017, two days after being involved in an incident at Greeba Castle in the first Superbike race, Davey Lambert sadly succumbed to his injuries and passed away at Aintree University Hospital, Liverpool. The following morning, Dutch rider Jochem van den Hoek was involved in an incident at the 11th milestone during the Superstock race. Jochem was treated at the scene but despite the best efforts of the marshals and medics he sadly passed away. Just a matter of hours later, during the Superbike/Supersport practice session, Alan Bonner was involved in an incident at the 33rd milestone of the TT course. After the session had been red flagged, it was announced that Alan Bonner had sadly succumbed to his injuries.

All three of these men, and all the others who have sadly lost their lives due to motorsport accidents, will live on in the memory of the thousands of fans who will never forget the bravery and skill shown by the individuals who were taken far too soon.

Sunday 4th June-

Race One :RST Superbike

In the first Superbike race, it was Ian Hutchinson who took the win on his Tyco BMW machine with a time of 1:45:58:474. On the second step of the podium was Peter Hickman taking his maiden podium with his Smiths Racing BMW with a time of 1:46:03:544. Taking the final step of the podium was Dean Harrison on his Silicone Engineering Kawasaki machine with a time of 1:46:11:545.

Results (top 5)-

  1. Ian Hutchinson – Tyco BMW – 1:45:58:474
  2. Peter Hickman – Smiths Racing BMW – 1:46:03:544
  3. Dean Harrison – Silicone Engineering Kawasaki – 1:46:11:545
  4. James Hillier – JG Speedfit Kawasaki – 1:46:13:281
  5. Dan Kneen – Team Penz 13.com BMW – 1:47:50:068

Monday 5th June-

Race Two: Sure Sidecar Race One:

In the first Sidecar race it was the Birchall brothers who reigned supreme with the LCR/IEG Racing machine with a time of 58:31:967. Taking second place was John Holden and Lee Cain with their Silicone Engineering/ Barnes Racing Honda with a time of 58:57:636. Taking the final step on the podium was Dave Molyneux and Dan Sayle with their DMR/ A&J Racing Yamaha with a time of 59:16:353.

Results (top 5)-

  1. Ben Birchall and Tom Birchall – LCR/IEG Racing – 58:31:967
  2. John Holden and Lee Cain – Silicone Engineering/ Barnes Racing Honda – 58:57:636
  3. Dave Molyneux and Dan Sayle – DMR/ A&J Racing Yamaha – 59:16:353
  4. Alan Founds and Jake Lowther – Brian Gray Powerbiking and Trustland Construction Yamaha – 59:22:006
  5. Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes – Klaffi Racing Honda – 59:36:012

Race Three – Monster Energy Supersport TT

Michael Dunlop took his first TT win of the year with his MD Racing Yamaha machine with a time of 1:12:48:601. Taking the second spot on the podium was James Hillier on his JG Speedfit Kawasaki bike with a time of 1:13:01:845. Getting his second podium of the week in third place was Peter Hickman on his Trooper Beer Triumph machine with a time of 1:13:14:613.

Results (top 5)-

  1. Michael Dunlop – MD Racing Yamaha – 1:12:48:601
  2. James Hillier – JG Speedfit Kawasaki – 1:13:01:845
  3. Peter Hickman – Trooper Beer Triumph – 1:13:14:613
  4. William Dunlop – IC Racing/ Caffrey International Yamaha – 1:13:25:040
  5. Ian Hutchinson – McAMS Yamaha – 1:13:50:168

Wednesday 7th June-

Race Four- RL360 Quantum Superstock TT-

Ian Hutchinson took his second win of the week on his Tyco BMW with a time of 1:09:59:261. Taking his third podium of the week, Peter Hickman took second place on his Smiths Racing BMW with a time of 1:10:42:708. Taking the final spot on the podium was Dan Kneen on his DTR Penz 13 BMW with a time of 1:10:42:708.

Results (top 5)-

  1. Ian Hutchinson – Tyco BMW – 1:09:59:261
  2. Peter Hickman – Smiths Racing BMW – 1:10:42:708
  3. Dan Kneen – DTR Penz 13 BMW – 1:10:42:708
  4. Michael Rutter – Bathams SMT Racing BMW – 1:1052:862
  5. Dean Harrison – Silicone Engineering Kawasaki – 1:10:54:002

Race Five- Bennetts Lightweight TT-

Michael Rutter took his first win of the event on his Paton machine with a time of 1:16:19:324. Getting his first podium of the event, Martin Jessopp took second place on his Riders Motorcycles Kawasaki with a time of 1:16:28:142. Taking the final spot on the podium, and his fourth podium, was Peter Hickman on his KMR/ IEG Racing Kawasaki with a time of 1:17:08:637

Results (top 5)-

  1. Michael Rutter – Paton – 1:16:19:324
  2. Martin Jessopp – Riders Motorcycles Kawasaki – 1:16:28:142
  3. Peter Hickman – KMR/IEG Racing Kawasaki – 1:17:08:637
  4. Ivan Lintin – Dafabet Devitt RC Express Racing Kawasaki – 1:17:40:865
  5. Daniel Cooper – KW Electrical Services by DCM Kawasaki – 1:17:57:900

Friday 9th June-

Race Six- SES TT Zero-

Bruce Anstey got his first win of the event on his Mugen machine with a time of 19:13:924. The second Mugen rider, Guy Martin, took second place with a time of 19:55:331. Taking the final step on the podium was Daley Mathison on his University of Nottingham machine with a time of 20:43:748.

Results (all riders)

  1. Bruce Anstey – Mugen – 19:19:924
  2. Guy Martin – Mugen – 19:55:331
  3. Daley Mathison – University of Nottingham – 20:43:748
  4. Dean Harrison – Sarolea – 20:56:924
  5. Antonio Maseo – University of Nottingham – 24:49:385
  6. James Cowton – Brunel Racing – 24:53:229
  7. Adam Child – Moto Corsa MCN – 28:42:662
  8. Matthew Rees- University of Bath – 29:14:549

Race Seven – Sure Sidecar Race Two:

The Birchall Brothers remained victorious taking their second win with a time of 58:40:090 with their IEG Racing LCR machine. Taking second place once again was John Holden and Lee Cain with their Silicone Engineering/ Barnes Racing Honda machine with a time of 59:06:688. Getting their first podium of the event was Conrad Harrison and Andrew Winkle with their Printing Roller Services Honda with a time of 1:01:43:005.

Results (top 5)-

  1. Ben and Tom Birchall – IEG Racing LCR – 58:40:090
  2. John Holden an Lee Cain – Silicone Engineering/ Barnes Racing Honda – 59:06:688
  3. Conrad Harrison and Andrew Winkle – Printing Roller Services Honda – 1:01:43:005
  4. Lewis Blackstock and Patrick Ronsey – Dave Holden Racing Suzuki – 1:01:50:080
  5. Karl Bennett and Maxine Vasseur – Bennett Racing Suzuki – 1:02:21:773

Race Eight – Pokerstars Senior TT-

It was Michael Dunlop who took his second race win of the event this time on his Bennetts Suzuki machine with a time of 1:09:24:711. Peter Hickman took his fifth podium with second place on his Smiths Racing BMW with a time of 1:09:38:031. Continuing with his success, it was Dean Harrison who took the final spot on the podium on his Silicone Engineering Kawasaki with a time of 1:09:48:216.

Results (top 5)-

  1. Michael Dunlop – Bennetts Suzuki – 1:09:24:7111
  2. Peter Hickman – Smiths Racing BMW – 1:09:38:031
  3. Dean Harrison – Silicone Engineering Kawasaki – 1:09:48:216
  4. James Hillier – JG Speedit Kawasaki – 1:10:11:713
  5. Michael Rutter – Bathams SMT Racing BMW – 1:10:12:357
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