Grids for the 2017 Pre and Post-TT Races on the Isle of Man are filling up fast with 2015 Superbike race winner Ryan Kneen one of the first batch of riders to enter this year’s Radcliffe Butchers Post TT Road Races.
For the 2017 races the Braddan man will be armed with a 1000cc BMW along with a 250cc Yamaha. Also BMW Superbike mounted will be Yorkshireman, Jamie Coward, who will be on the blue and white livered Radcliffe Racing Team machine, plus a 600 Honda.
A third BMW 1000 machine will be in the hands of newcomer Mark Purslow, who will also be bringing a 650 Kawasaki to race in the SuperTwins event. Two other newcomers to the Radcliffe’s Post-TT Road Races are Cramlington’s David McConnahy and Kevin Barsby who hails from Wolsingham.
Entries for the Blackford Financial Services Pre-TT Classic Road Races have only recently become available and already race organisers have received over 100 entries which includes a number of newcomers to the popular races.
Most popular class in the eight race programme at present is the Junior (350cc) with 22 entries with the Senior (500cc) race attracting 17, whilst the 250cc/350cc Singles race has 16. Early entries have been received from Bernie Wright, Rich Hawkins, Alec Whitwell, Steven Elliott, Ryan Kneen, Les Trotter, Terry Kermode, Chris McGahan, Jamie Coward and Meredydd Owen.
Making their classic race debuts on the Billown Course include Loris Hunt, Christopher Morgan, Simon Collins, Rainer Crome, Will Loder and Martyn Jephcote. The ever popular sidecars has so far 12 entries which include Vince Biggs, Dave Molyneux,
Tony Thirkell, Mike Bellaby and Stuart Applegate.
The Pre-TT Classic Road Races have been run since 1988 with Blackford Financial Services taking the title sponsorship from 2000. The 2017 Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races takes place on Friday evening 26th May, Saturday afternoon 27th May and Bank Holiday Monday 29th May.