Archive for September, 2012

Last year my unofficial award for the personality of the Manx GP went to Chris Palmer. This year I was tempted to give it to Chris again for his heroics in pushing in, and pushing himself literally to the limit, to clinch a podium place in the Senior Classic. However I’ve decided to give it to the Triumph motorcycle company for their fantastic and very welcome achievements in winning the Senior, placing four machines in the top 15 of that race, and six in the top 20 of the Junior. I wonder if this success will be reflected in a higher number of Triumphs entered for the TT Supersport races next year. The machine certainly proved its durability here.

If you factor in Dave Madsen-Mygdal’s victory in the Formula Classic, Triumph finished with two MGP wins, the same tally as Honda and Suzuki. Yamaha and Kawasaki had three wins apiece and Paton one. The most successful nation in terms of providing winning riders was England with five, followed by Isle of Man and Northern Ireland three each, and Republic of Ireland and Czech Republic one each. Unusually, every race was won by a different rider.

And for the second year running there were no fatalities involving bikers. We’re still mourning the two competitors who died, but in stark contrast to the TT this year it was a safe Manx on the open roads which is something to be thankful for.

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Emotional finale to MGP 2012

Posted: September 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

Two men in tears for totally different reasons summed up the Manx GP 2012. I was at the Villa Marina for the presentation of awards, hosted by Roy Moore. The presentation to Nigel Moore for his victory in the Supertwin race was very emotional with Nigel unable to keep the tears away as we all thought about his absent team-mate Trevor Ferguson. An hour or so later, Stephen Carr was also in tears, this time with surprise and pride at being made the recipient of this year’s ‘Spirit of the Manx’ award. There isn’t much more I need to say about the two sides of this sport.

We were honoured, Dorothy and myself, to be invited as guests of the Manx Motor Cycle Club and the club looked after us very well. In the time we have been coming to the island, especially since I began the Manx Radio job in 2004, we’ve made some wonderful friends.

Anyway, that’s it, and we wait with interest to see what 2013 will bring.