‘I was leading comfortably, then my chain stretched’
Multiple British champion relives his TT near misses
“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.”