There is nothing on Earth quite like the Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) Races. No other motorcycle race is held on such a challenging track as the 37-mile plus Mountain Course with its seemingly never-ending series of bends, bumps, jumps, stone walls, manhole covers and telegraph poles. The skill, bravery and concentration levels required are immense, with speeds approaching 200mph.
Saturday 29th May is the first day of practice for Steve Mercer. With the help and support of GForces Steve is hoping to improve on his 121mph average lap from last year (one of the fastest newcomers ever at the TT). He is also hoping to improve on his best position from last year having now gotten a year’s worth of road racing experience under his belt.
Some key facts about the race:
• The race consists of 6 ‘20 minute’ laps of which Steve’s 24 litre bike is going to have to stop for fuel every 2 laps.
• Steve is racing on Saturday 5th and Friday 11th June in the Superbike and Senior races consecutively which GForces are sponsoring.
• Those who finish within 5% of the finishers time receives a silver replica trophy and those that come within 10% of the finisher’s time wins a bronze trophy.
Last year Steve had a best finish of 25th in the senior race. He was running 17th in the Superbike but didn’t finish as he ran out of fuel on the last corner! This year despite feeling the expected nerves, he is positive and eager to go all balls-out. Steve quotes “It’s so hard physically and mentally that people get a medal for actually finishing the race. I am out driving around that track as much as I can so I know it like the back of my hand. I am hoping to improve on my time and position from last year but i don’t want to set a goal for myself as I don’t want to be under pressure. I just treat it like a fast ride out with my mates.”