Thett’s best nearly men

For ev­ery mul­ti­ple Tt-win­ning John Mcguin­ness there is a host of heroes who never made it to the top step...

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Stu­art Barker MCN CON­TRIB­U­TOR

It’s a sad fact of racing that no-one re­mem­bers who fin­ishes sec­ond or third – only the win­ners. But that’s hugely un­fair. Just to com­plete a race over the 37.73-mile TT Moun­tain Course – widely re­garded as the most de­mand­ing in the world – is an achieve­ment in it­self, so to fin­ish on the podium is a mas­sive ac­com­plish­ment.

TT races of­ten see around 90 rid­ers, all of them tal­ented and com­mit­ted, lin­ing up to start on Glen­crutch­ery Road, so fin­ish­ing in the top three means you’re an ex­cep­tion­ally bril­liant mo­tor­cy­cle rider. Sadly, some of those bril­liant rid­ers never quite man­aged to record the win they so richly de­served, ei­ther due to me­chan­i­cal fail­ures, lack of bud­get, or just sheer, ag­o­nis­ing bad luck. We doff our caps to 10 of the best rid­ers never to have won a TT. Yet...

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