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2014 Isle of Man TT in numbers

09 Jun 2014  /  0
Motorsport Editor

0 The emissions that the motorcycles in the SES TT Zero Race produce. The battery-powered motorcycles that compete in this event are able to last for as long as one lap of the 37.73 mile (61km) course. This year’s edition of the TT Zero Race played nicely into the hands of John McGuinness, who despite the fact that he was in some pretty serious pain given that he’s recovering from a scaphoid injury, managed to win the race, breaking the lap record in this particular class along the way. McGuinness set a record-breaking lap speed of 117.366mph, and also rather happily pointed out to Manx rally driver Mark Higgins who broke the TT car lap record with a speed of 116.47mph, that his electric bike had been faster.

John McGuinness won the Zero Emissions TTX race in 2014, shattering the lap record along the way

John McGuinness won the Zero Emissions TTX race in 2014, shattering the lap record along the way

 

1 The time in seconds it takes between life and death at the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy races. One minor miscalculation and a rider will find himself wrapped around a lamppost, thrown into a fence, or down on the tarmac at the treacherous Snaefell Mountain Course. But for the crazily courageous men who take to the races at the terrifying Isle, it’s all really par for the course. They are there to either tame the circuit or let the fabled Isle tame them. The broken bones and accolades along the way are just happenstance.

The blur you see there is Guy Martin, and one false move means he will be in the hay bales and crowd. Typical IOMTT, then!

The blur you see there is Guy Martin, and one false move means he will be in the hay bales and crowd. Typical IOMTT, then!

 

2 The number of lives the Isle of Man claimed in its 2014 edition. Wizened old racer Bob Price was killed during the first Supersport race at the Isle of Man when he crashed at Ballough. And a few days after that, no sooner had John McGuinness attempted to explain to the media that there was no point expecting that road racing would ever become a safe sport, than the 2014 edition claimed its second victim. Three-time British Supersport champion Karl Harris crashed at Joey’s corner on the final lap of the Supersport race. The IOMTT has claimed over 200 lives since its first edition in 1907. Death Island, they’d call the Isle of Man. Reckon some things never change.

 

3 The lap on which William Dunlop crashed during the 2014 edition of the Senior TT. The Tyco Suzuki rider crashed at Grahams and had to be airlifted to Nobles Hospital for treatment. His fibula was broken cleanly in two places, and Dunlop declared that a part of the reason he crashed was down to arm pump. Continuing the Senior TT race was something of a challenge for his younger brother Michael who said that winning the race didn’t matter to him one bit so long as his brother was okay.

Podiums aplenty in 2014 and a broken left fibula is what William Dunlop took  back home to Ballymoney

Podiums aplenty in 2014 and a broken left fibula is what William Dunlop took back home to Ballymoney

 

4 The number of wins Michael Dunlop scored at this year’s edition of the IOMTT races. The younger Dunlop won the Superbike TT, the Superstock TT, Race 2 of the Supersport TT and also took home victory in the crowning glory of them all – the Senior TT. Clocking a speed of 211.7kmph, young Michael managed a lead of as much as 11 seconds to second-placed man Conor Cummins, while Guy Martin finished third. The Senior TT win took his tally all the way up to eleven, which puts him on par with Phillip McCallen and Steve Hislop in terms of silverware racked up at the IOMTT. Dunlop is also the first rider ever to win 4 TT races in successive years.

Michael Dunlop won the Senior TT race taking his tally of TT wins to 11

Michael Dunlop won the Senior TT race taking his tally of TT wins to 11

 

5 That’s a finishing spot that Sidecar superstar David Molyneux has never managed to finish in despite the fact that he’s raced at the IOMTT a whopping 27 times. And in those 27 times he’s managed to win the Sidecar races as many as 17 times, which puts him third on the list of TT wins, with only Joey Dunlop at 26 and John McGuinness at 21 ahead of him. Molyneux and passenger Patrick Farrance won the second Sidecar TT of 2014. The pair were also leading the first race by over 20 seconds when an engine misfire caused them to retire from the event, handing the victory to Conrad Harrison and Mike Aylott.

Although David Molyneux and Patrick Farrance had a near miss in the first Sidecar race, they made up for it by winning the second event in 2014

Although David Molyneux and Patrick Farrance had a near miss in the first Sidecar race, they made up for it by winning the second event in 2014

 

6 Is the number of times Morecambe Missile John McGuinness has managed to win the Senior TT at the Isle of Man, his latest win in that category having been achieved last year. That’s one short of Mike ‘the bike’ Hailwood’s record at the IOMTT. Given the fact that McGuinness was nursing a broken wrist, he withdrew from second Supersport TT race of 2014. Incidentally, six is also the spot in which McGuinness finished the 2014 Senior TT race.

A broken wrist meant John McGuinness pulled out of the Supersport race. That didn't stop him from competing in the Senior TT though.

A broken wrist meant John McGuinness pulled out of the Supersport race. That didn’t stop him from competing in the Senior TT though.

 

7 is Gary Johnson’s race number. The Broughton lad rode his Triumph Daytona 675R to victory in the first Supersport TT race of 2014, winning from Bruce Anstey and Michael Dunlop. Undoubtedly it was the high point of his TT week, which didn’t really end with quite as much pomp as he’d like. Yes, he’d romped home to victory in the Supersport TT, but crashed in the Superstock race and had to be airlifted to Nobles Hospital. Better luck next year, then Gar.

Gary Johnson took his Triumph Daytona 675 to victory in the first Supersport race

Gary Johnson took his Triumph Daytona 675 to victory in the first Supersport race

 

8 is the spot in which Dean Harrison finished the Superbike TT race this year. It wasn’t the highlight of his TT week though. Dean’s moment of glory was victory in the Lightweight TT ahead of James Hillier and James Cowton. Harrison piloted his RC Express Racing Kawasaki to the top step of the podium a full 14 seconds ahead of his nearest rival. And while his younger brother Adrian finished 14th in the same race, his dad Conrad’s win in the first Sidecar TT of 2014, made them the first father-son duo to win TT races the same week.

Lightweight TT winner Dean Harrison made a mark at the 2014 IOMTT

Lightweight TT winner Dean Harrison made a mark at the 2014 IOMTT

 

9 is the number of wins Bruce Anstey has claimed at the Isle of Man. This year, though, Anstey didn’t manage to take that tally any higher, finishing on the podium four times, but not claiming a single win. What he did do was pretty spectacular though – Anstey finished fourth in the Superbike TT and along the way to that fourth place finish, he set a historic new record at the Isle. 132.298mph (212.913kph). If that isn’t terrifying we don’t know what is.

Lap record shattered. All in a day's work for Bruce Anstey.

Lap record shattered. All in a day’s work for Bruce Anstey.

 

10 Is the number of fingers and toes that all of these men start out with in life. Exactly the same as us. And we still can’t for the life of us figure out what it is that sets them apart from us. Maybe it’s the process of losing fingers as most motorcycle racers do over the course of their careers. But they never stop in their quest for glory. They simply never stop. Case in point, Guy Martin. 2014 was Martin’s eleventh year at the Isle and the eleventh time he was in pursuit of a TT win. And the eleventh year that that first TT win eluded him. Like the men before him he will soldier on. Win the TT or die trying.

A decade competing in the TT and that win eludes him. Even so, what a Guy!

A decade competing in the TT and that win eludes him. Even so, what a Guy!



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