Archive for July, 2012

I’m under way with my preparation for the Manx Grand Prix and one thing that stands out already is the number of family connections among this year’s newcomers. Jim Hodson’s two sons Jamie and Robert have entered. Jamie Harrison, son of Conrad will be there. Another name is Andrew Soar who must be related to MGP regular Ron Soar – both from Loughborough. Maybe someone can confirm that for me. Among the newcomers are father and son Paul Rogers and Pete Weston from Nottinghamshire.

John Simpson is an exciting newcomer.  He’s the reigning BSB Supersport privateer champion currently riding in European Superstocks. Tapio Mustonen from Finland usually rides sidecars but will be on a R6 in the newcomers. Californian David Crussell is the current USA Vintage Superbike champion and there are newcomers from Sweden, Czech Republic, Finland, Belgium, Germany, Holland, France, Denmark, Austria and the Faroe Islands . Gabrielle Burne is the only female newcomer, on her Suzuki SV650 Supertwin.