Anybody else keep an eye on the race ? Listened on the net with live timing, same as the TT, some great sounds with the Patons and the Honda fours whipping up the hill from the Ramsey hairpin. But in spite of a lipsmacking entry, the attrition rate was horrific : Gary Johnson's MV failed at the start (finally got away minutes later), Cummins out on the Dunnell Manx at Appledene on lap 1, McPint popped and banged around for 1 lap to retire the Winfield Paton, Anstey retired the McIntosh Manx with 1 to go, Michael Dunlop's Manx was very slow from the start...oblivious to it all, Linsdell's Paton whistled round at the front, 146 mph through the Sulby speed trap, good job. And his normal mount, the Flitwick Royal Enfield, lapped at 107 in Ian Lougher's hands on his way to fourth spot, wow !
So, very encouraging for the future, if they can get the things to last the distance. The commentators implied the modern riders may not be exhibiting the mechanical sympathy required, and after hearing how hard William Dunlop was revving the Honda four on downchanges, it's hard to argue with...
Chris Swallow on the Dave Kenah Manx from practice. From the MGP site.
Edited by GD66, 25 August 2013 - 08:32.