Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 30 Mar 2016
The start numbers for this year’s Isle of Man TT superbike races have been released, with John McGuinness once again setting off from the number one spot.
After winning last year’s Superbike race and putting up a strong challenge throughout the week, New Zealand’s Bruce Anstey moves up to number two and will set off ten seconds after his fellow Honda rider.
Anstey’s promotion moves James Hillier back to the third spot on the Muc-Off Quattro Bournemouth Kawasaki.
Man of the week at last year’s TT with a hatrick of victories, Ian Hutchinson will set off from number four on the Tyco BMW.
Replacing Anstey at five is none other than the TT’s fastest ever newcomer, Peter Hickman, who went on to further astonish in his second year at the TT with a 131.626mph lap.
Hickman will start ahead of Buildbase BMW’s Michael Dunlop who will be looking to improve his fortunes this year from number six.
Ten seconds behind Dunlop is twice-supersport TT winner Gary Johnson, who will set off down Glencrutchery Road with the number seven ahead of William Dunlop and Michael Rutter.
Manxman Conor Cummins retains his number ten plate, ahead of Cameron Donald who will make a shock defection from Norton to the Wilson Craig Honda team.
Dean Harrison will start at number 12 ahead of pocket-sized Northern Irishman Lee Johnston, with Dan Kneen and Norton’s new signing Dave Johnson completing the top 15.
TT hero Ryan Farquhar will set off from number 16 on the second Tyco BMW ahead of Dan Stewart, Martin Jessopp, Steve Mercer and Ivan Lintin.
Eight newcomers will tackle the mountain course for the first time this year, including Italian Alessandro Polita, British Supersport ace Ben Wilson, British Superstock regulars Victor Cox and Michael Booth, Irish superbike star Seamus Elliott, Dutchman Jochem van den Hoek, Portuguese rider Andre Pires and Cornwall’s Forest Dunn.
TT Start Numbers – Superbike & Senior 2016