2018 TT: THE BEST EVER?
By the time you read this the TT will be but a stone’s throw away and we at Fast Bikes can’t wait to see the greatest show on earth get its wheels rolling (May 26 to June 8). The annual pilgrimage to the Isle of Man seldom disappoints, and while we’re collectively devastated to hear of Bruce Anstey’s poor health and concerns surrounding both John McGuinness’ (re)damaged leg, plus Hutchy’s continued fight for fitness (read his exclusive interview inside), we’re optimistic that the rest of the best road racing gladiators will be keener than ever to grasp glory with both hands.
Arguably, considering the collective brilliance of Anstey, McGuinness and Hutchy, their absence pretty much leaves the door wide open for the likes of Hillier, Harrison and Hickman to come of age and claim big bike victories. All these eager youngsters have clocked in excess of 130mph average laps, and considering they’re all back riding on familiar motorcycles with the same teams as last year, this could turn out to be their best chances ever to take the top spot.
Well, assuming multiple Tourist Trophy winner and 2018 favourite Michael Dunlop doesn’t have anything to say about it. As someone put it to us, ‘that guy could win round there on a seaside donkey’, and who are we to argue? Following his recent decision to ditch Suzuki and head back to his roots with Tyco on a Beemer, you’d have to be pretty brave to bet against the Ulsterman. But even if he reigns in the litre bike races, the big question’s whether he could ever mirror Hutchy’s five in a week masterpiece – only time will tell. One thing’s for sure, the 2018 TT is set to be one to remember, as much for its absent riders as it will be for its potential new victors. Let’s have it!
Hillier’s flying at the moment. Anstey will be missed.