These up-and-com­ing rac­ers are tipped to be the TT stars of to­mor­row and made a big im­pact on this year’s South­ern 100

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - By Stephen Dav­i­son MCN CON­TRIB­U­TOR

Run on a stone wall-lined 4.25-mile cir­cuit near Castle­town on the Isle of Man, the South­ern 100 is the home of the is­land’s sec­ond road race venue. Cel­e­brat­ing its 62nd run­ning in 2017, the event dif­fers in many ways from the more fa­mous Manx and TT races on the 37.73-mile Moun­tain course.

As a time trial event which of­fers a unique chal­lenge and lu­cra­tive fi­nan­cial re­wards, the Isle of Man TT is the world’s pre­mier roads event, at­tract­ing the sport’s elite tal­ent and fans from all over the world.

With more tents than mo­torhomes in the pad­dock, the South­ern of­fers a more af­ford­able op­tion for grass­roots com­peti­tors to rub shoul­ders with TT stars like Michael Dunlop and Dean Har­ri­son in mass start races.

The South­ern 100, like the Ir­ish Na­tional events at places like Tan­dragee, Sk­er­ries and Ar­moy, plus those races run at Scar­bor­ough’s Oliver’s Mount, pro­vide the nurs­ery slopes for road rac­ing’s as­pir­ing stars to hone the tal­ents they hope will some day re­sult in TT glory. Here are the young guns with the big time in their sights.

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