Dodgy weather fails to dampen the mood at the Manx Fes­ti­val’s rac­ing pro­gramme, as emo­tions run high

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Fab­u­lous pic­tures from the Is­land. A fella called Mcguin­ness did well

The 2018 Clas­sic TT pro­duced a vic­to­ri­ous Moun­tain course come­back for John Mcguin­ness, along with a win for Dean Har­ri­son in the Su­per­bike race, but it was the bad weather that dom­i­nated pro­ceed­ings at this year’s Manx fes­ti­val.

With sev­eral days lost to rain and the prover­bial mist on the moun­tain, the or­gan­is­ers were forced to aban­don prac­tice ses­sions and Fri­day’s pad­dock car­ni­val. But on the bright side, all of the rac­ing even­tu­ally took place af­ter ma­jor de­lays.

Mcguin­ness’s vic­tory on Roger Win­field’s Pa­ton was an emo­tional af­fair for the 23-time TT win­ner who hadn’t raced on the Moun­tain course since smash­ing his leg in a crash at the 2017 North West 200.

“I was pretty tired be­cause these bikes don’t half take it out

of you,” the 46-year-old said af­ter his vic­tory, in a race he led from start to fin­ish.

“But that lit­tle bit of magic that you have in­side just comes out and I en­joyed ev­ery minute of the race. It is an amaz­ing feel­ing to win on the Moun­tain course again.” Jamie Cow­ard steered the Ted Woof-pre­pared Craven Manx Nor­ton to sec­ond, with Lee John­ston fin­ish­ing third on the Davies Honda. John­ston went on to win the Light­weight 250cc race later in the day aboard the Pad­getts RS250 Honda.

‘I just wish this was 20 years ago and we could ride these bikes at the ac­tual TT,’ said John­ston af­ter­wards.

The 55-year-old Ian Lougher fin­ished third on a Lay­law Yamaha, be­hind


run­ner up-adam Mclean (Binch Yamaha).

Mon­day’s races saw a third of the ma­chines re­tire in both the 350cc Ju­nior and Su­per­bike races, leav­ing Do­minic Her­bert­son to claim vic­tory on the Davies Honda in the Ju­nior ahead of Jamie Cow­ard (Woof/craven Nor­ton) and Lee John­ston (Davies Honda).

Dean Har­ri­son’s Su­per­bike win on the Sil­i­cone ZXR750 Kawasaki was no sur­prise. A lap of 126.041mph on the sec­ond cir­cuit gave him vic­tory by over a minute from Horst Saiger (Greenall’s Kawasaki) and Conor

Cum­mins rid­ing the Pad­getts Yamaha YZR500.

“It’s harder to win a Clas­sic TT than a real TT, be­cause the bloody things break down all the time,” Har­ri­son smiled af­ter­wards.

“But I love rid­ing these bikes be­cause I am a real bik­ing enthusiast.” Away from the rac­ing, John Mcguin­ness rode an emo­tive pa­rade lap on Mike Hailwood’s 1978 For­mula One Tt-win­ning Sports Mo­tor­cy­cles Du­cati. Bruce An­stey also re­turned to the Is­land af­ter his bat­tle with can­cer, to ride his Pad­getts RC213V-S Honda.

Dom ‘The Bomb’ Her­bert­son on his way to vic­tory in the Ju­nior Clas­sic TT

Break­ing his drought of Moun­tain cir­cuit wins clearly meant a lot to Mcguin­ness Her­bert­son (be­low) and Mcguin­ness (left, cen­tre) af­ter their vic­to­ries Mcguin­ness pa­rades Hailwood’s ’78 F1 Tt-win­ning Du­cati

Mcguin­ness led the Se­nior from start to fin­ish on a Pa­ton Dean Har­ri­son dom­i­nated the Clas­sic TT Su­per­bike race on his ZXR750

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