Taynuilt rider tears up the track at the Isle of Man TT

The Oban Times - - Sport -

TAYNUILT’S Robert Wil­son has just re­turned from com­pet­ing at the Isle of Man 2016 TT races. This was his sixth year com­pet­ing at the event rid­ing a 600cc su­pers­port Yamaha R6 for Stod­darts of Oban.

At the TT this year Robert was placed 15th and 18th in the two su­pers­port 600cc races which had 79 starters. The race was held over four laps (150 miles) which he com­pleted in one hour and 15 min­utes. This in­cludes a pit stop to re­fuel the bike af­ter two laps. This year, he recorded his fastest ever time round the 37.37-mile course in 18 min­utes, 32 sec­onds which is an av­er­age speed of over 122mph. He re­ceived two bronze repli­cas for these re­sults.

They Taynuilt rider also en­tered the South­ern 100 post TT races at the Bil­lown Cir­cuit and fin­ished third in the 600cc race and sev­enth in the 1000cc race rid­ing his 600cc bike which was the first placed 600cc bike to fin­ish.

Pre-sea­son test­ing took a slight mis­for­tune as Robert broke his col­lar bone in a mo­tocross ac­ci­dent eight weeks be­fore the TT. Doc­tors ad­vised that he would not be fit in time to com­pete this year. How­ever, he healed quicker than ex­pected and, through daily vis­its to the gym to speed up his re­cov­ery, he was fit enough to at­tend.


Robert would like to thank all his spon­sors, Stod­darts of Oban mo­tor­cy­cles, Billy Robert­son, MacNiven Electrics, High­land Dry­wall Tools, Sin­clair Plant & Con­tract­ing, MacKen­zie Weld­ing and Scott Wil­son.

The TT, or Tourist Tro­phy, was first held in 1907. It is 37.75 miles long ran on pub­lic roads which, for two weeks ev­ery year close to be­come a race­track.

There are five main classes for mo­tor­bikes – Su­per­bike, Se­nior, Su­per­stock, Su­pers­port and Light­weight. The big races take up to six laps, which amounts to a stag­ger­ing 226.5 miles in a lit­tle over and hour and three- quar­ters. The key stat for a TT rider is the av­er­age speed they can record over a lap. The fastest ever was set this year by Michael Dun­lop at over 133mph.

The course has 264 cor­ners and is lined by very hard ob­jects such as stone walls and tele­graph poles.

Taynuilt’s Robert Wil­son in ac­tion at the Isle of Man TT.

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