Dwight Mitchell, the organizer of the of USA team which captured the
ACU International Club Team Award in the 600 Supersport TT in 1999
is to campaign one of the Gallarate four-cylinder bikes in the
Formula One, Production 1000 and Senior TTs.
The F4S model will not be quite the same as the MV Giacomo Agostini rode
to victory in 1972, but should evoke plenty of attention.
The name MV Agusta evokes memories of a bygone age where nearly every
race winner, every world champion rode the same type of motorcycle
- MV Agusta. It is the most successful name in motorcycle road racing
and has won more championships than any other motorcycle brand.
known for campaigning Aermacchis and Manx Nortons in the Classic
Manx Grand Prix, Yorkshire's Bill Swallow returns to the TT on what
might prove to be the fastest bike in the meeting. A long time after
he started his Mountain Course career on a Velocette, he will launch
himself down Bray Hill on the 500cc ex-GP YZR ROC Yamaha timed at
over 185mph at Dundrod's Ulster Grand Prix. This will be one swallow
which really will fly!
Duffus will ride V&M Yamahas in the Formula One and Senior races,
he will be aboard Suzukis in the Production races and a Honda in
the Lightweight 400. The winner of the 1994 Supersport 600 and 1995
Junior 600 was gutted at running out of petrol at Cronk-ny-Mona
(a mile from the chequered flag) when leading the 2000 Junior 600
on the last lap.
Kiwi Bruce Anstey
(28) looks a good bet for what might prove to be the last-ever TT250.
The Wellington rider temporarily living in Southport, Lancashire,
will pitch his CR Racing Yamaha against a small but select field
and hope to lift the trophy, having finished runner-up to Joey Dunlop
in 2000. Bruce also finished the leading 250 in the 2000 Senior,
taking a fine 14th place at 114.43mph. This time he leaves the twin
in the garage and goes for a 1000cc Yamaha in the Senior.
Winner at the
past two TTs, John McGuinness (27) is struggling to be fit for this
year's event. The 1999 Junior and 2000 Singles victor suffered a
bad leg injury last year and the start of 2002 is going no better.
The Morecambe, Lancashire, 1999 British 250cc Champion was forced
to miss the Australian round of the World Supersport Championship
at Philip Island, then contracted pneumonia at the South African
round at Kyalami and was whipped into hospital. He is down to ride
in six classes at the TT, where he is due to spearhead the Honda
challenge alongside Irish ace Adrian Archibald.
No fewer than
35 solo and 22 sidecar competitors are domiciled in the Isle of
Man. Heading the two-wheel troops is former South Wales resident
Jason Griffiths from Ramsey, who has Yamahas in six classes, looking
for a win after twice finishing runner-up in 1999 and once in 2000.
Richard "Milky Bar Kid" Quayle rides Mark Johns' Hondas, looking
to go one better than 2000 when he was runner-up to David Jefferies
in the saturated two-lap Production race. Seven-times former winner
Dave Molyneux re-unites with 1989 winning passenger Colin Hardman
for an attempt on the Sidecar sub-20 minute lap.
A plaque commemorating
the TT career of the late Arthur Wheeler is to be unveiled by representatives
of the TT Riders' Association, of which he was a past president.
It will be on the wall of the Ramsey Masonic Centre on the inside
of the TT Course approaching Parliament Square. Some members of
Arthur's family and a couple of his beloved Moto-Guzzis will be
at the ceremony on Friday May 31. Arthur died last year aged 85,
having taken part in Classic Parades until shortly before his death.
He competed on the Mountain Course between 1937 and 1992.