September 4, 2002
by Dwight David Mitchell, M & A Racing, will once again contest
the Isle of Man TT races in 2002 after last years cancellation due
to the foot and mouth epidemic in the UK. Practice for the 2002
event is scheduled to start on Saturday the 25th May and continue
through the week with the first of eight races taking place on Saturday
the 1st June.
The team is pleased to partner with MV Agusta to ride the new F4S
at this year's event. 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 Augusta. It is the most successful
name in motorcycle road racing and has won more championships than
any other motorcycle brand. With 75 world championships, 270 Grand
Prix victories no other manufacturer has equaled their record.
The team spent the whole winter enhancing already spectacular motorcycles,
which Dwight likes to refer to it as "taking the bikes to an even
higher level". The motorcycles were stripped, parts were ordered
or fabricated, fiberglass was painted and mounted, Dyno test were
done, and now it's time to go racing.
In 1999 Dwight formed
a team of Americans which captured the ACU International Club Team
Award in the 600 Supersport TT which is one of 8 different machine
classes. This year Dwight is not fielding a multi-rider team. Just
to complete the race is considered an accomplishment but this year
he is looking to concentrate more on racing and less on team management
so that he can bring home an individual replica to go along with
the silver one he won in the team event.
The race, which is extremely dangerous and difficult, is conducted
on a mountain circuit of ordinary roads. This is real road racing,
and there is simply nothing like it anywhere in the world. It attracts
competitors and fans from every corner of the globe and is arguably
the most unique and exciting of all-motorcycling experiences.
Dwight, the middle
of three children, works as an international computer consultant.
This has allowed him to visit many different countries. His wife
Eva, who is also the team manager among many other things, is from
Spain and has been living in the USA for 4-1/2 years. They have
an active 3-1/2 year old son named Bryce who loves motorcycles and
wants to go for rides daily.
Dwight has appeared on Speedvision, BBC-TV, WLIB, Manx Radio, and
at local high schools. He has been featured in the following publications:
BET Weekend, Longriders, Tourist Trophy, Backroads, Motorcycle Post,
Roadracing World, American Roadracing, Solo Moto Treinta, Moto Mania,
Motorcyclist Magazine, City Bike, Bikes & Spikes, Lockhart Phillips
Catalog, Vanson Catalog, The Star Ledger, Courier News, Home Tribune,
Manx Independent, Examiner, and Manx Courier Newspapers.