‘I was lead­ing com­fort­ably, then my chain stretched’

Mul­ti­ple British cham­pion re­lives his TT near misses

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“I al­ways fan­cied my chances at the TT but I was racing against the likes of Joey Dun­lop, Mick Grant and Rob Mcel­nea so it was a big ask,” says Roger Mar­shall, now BSB rid­ers’ rep­re­sen­ta­tive. “I do re­flect on it and wish I’d won one, but I also look at the pos­i­tives and con­sole my­self with the fact that I won at the North West 200, the Ul­ster Grand Prix and at Daytona, and I won 12 British cham­pi­onships.

“But it would have been nice to have won a TT – es­pe­cially since my team-mate Roger Bur­nett won the Se­nior in 1986! I think about five of the top rid­ers re­tired from the race that year. I was lead­ing com­fort­ably, un­til my chain stretched and that was it. An­other time, I was level on time with Joey Dun­lop at Bal­laugh Bridge on the last lap but Klaus Klein crashed in front of me and I lost loads of time, los­ing the race by 12 sec­onds, de­spite set­ting the fastest lap. I raced the TT for ten years and lost a lot of friends so I con­sider my­self one of the lucky ones.”

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