Why Cas­tle Combe?

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport -

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.

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