The endless wet weather may have seen races cut short at 2019’s Isle of Man TT but the drizzle didn’t dampen spirits at the world’s fastest road race, with thousands turning out to catch a glimpse of their biking heroes battling it out for victory in Douglas.
A major highlight of the UK’s motorcycle racing calendar, the Isle of Man TT is world-renowned for competitors’ level of skill and sheer fearlessness as they take on the challenging mountain circuit.
Only the best of the best emerge victorious from the TT – known as one of the most dangerous racing events in the world. The 2019 instalment was no exception, with riders putting themselves through the ‘ultimate test of both man and machine’ in the hopes of a podium finish.
Riding to glory
The first week of practice sessions was stop-start thanks to heavy rain but the main races in week two were as breathtaking as could be expected, with Dean Harrison taking the big senior win in a tense finale.
In a repeat of last year’s heat, Harrison fought a close battle with rival Peter Hickman, but this year the pair changed podium positions with Harrison coming out on top for 2019. Hickman didn’t come off badly, however, with three wins in a week.
Other stars of 2019 included Michael Dunlop, who walked away with his 19th TT trophy, and sidecar duo Ben and Tom Birchall, who scored their seventh consecutive TT win. Lee Johnston took the Monster Supersport 1 TT title after two laps and Bathams Mugen’s Michael Rutter scooped the top spot in the TT Zero.
History was made at the Isle of Man TT 2019 by Northamptonshire racer Maria Costello, who became the first female competitor to compete in both solo and sidecar classes at the meeting.
A fun-filled fortnight
As well as exhilarating live action racing in a variety of classes, there was plenty to keep the whole family entertained during the Isle of Man TT 2019.
Visitors were kept busy with exhibitor stands and stalls behind the grandstand, with everything from riding gear and brand merch to DVDs on offer, and there was plenty of fresh food and drink to keep fuel levels topped up, too.
Bushy’s TT Village, including the Carole Nash sponsored Bushy’s tent, was buzzing as usual, showcasing artisan produce and wares from local island businesses, and there were loads of local bands pleasing the crowds over at the TT Stage. Acts from across the wider UK and a selection of international performers also took to the stage over the two weeks, giving visitors a good lively dose of rock and roll.
The Isle of Man TT 2019 was wet, wild and wonderful – fingers crossed the sun is on the guest list for 2020!