Why Castle Combe?
Honda and Dunlop use the 1.85mile Wiltshire circuit for preTT road race testing because of it’s succession of super-fast corners and undulating nature.
“I don’t think there is any other circuit in Europe, other than the Nürburgring, that comes close to simulating the challenges of the TT course,” explains Pat Walsh of Dunlop Tyres.
The Armco-lined Folly, a sixth-gear corner with almost no run- off, is typical of what the wide open circuit offers the roads men. With the bumps and depressions throwing superbikes off line in the middle of fast bends, Castle Combe is a tough test of a bike’s handling.
The first bike race was run on the former World War 2 airfield in 1950 and in July Guy Martin will ride a 297cc Honda Six replica during a special celebration meeting.