Isle of Man TT start numbers confirmed

Michael Mann - Web Editor, Bike Social
By Michael Mann
MannOnABike Web editor of Bike Social. Been riding bikes since he was four-years-old. Fast and smooth road rider, just about hangs on in a track day quick group.

Entries for the Isle of Man TT have now closed and the start numbers have been confirmed so we’ve put together a list of who is riding for which team and in which starting position for the two 1,000cc classes – the Superbike and Senior Races - when the flag drops in June.

John McGuinness ran as no.1 in 2011, he'll do the same in 2014

20-time winner John McGuinness lines up with the number 1 plate on his Honda having reverted to running as no.3 last year in tribute to Joey Dunlop’s first Honda TT win. The 5th fastest rider around the Mountain Course ever is James Hillier and he’ll be following McGuinness on the road on board his Kawasaki.

Five different manufacturers are represented in the top six places with the returning Ian Hutchinson setting off third on his Yamaha whilst the Suzuki, Honda and BMW of Guy Martin, Bruce Anstey and Michael Dunlop respectively, follow in the standard 10-second intervals.

Can Guy Martin finally win a TT race?  Can Michael Dunlop add to his tally of wins?

2014 looks to be the closest yet in terms of potential winners – eleven solo riders have taken 57 wins between them and sixty-six riders have already lapped at an average speed of over 120mph!

Here are the start numbers for the top 20 and selected others:

 No.   

 Rider

 Team

 1.

 John McGuinness

 Honda Racing

 2.

 James Hillier

 Quattro Plant Muc-Off Kawasaki

 3.

 Ian Hutchinson

 Milwaukee Yamaha

 4.

 Guy Martin

 Tyco Suzuki

 5.

 Bruce Anstey

 Padgetts Motorcycles

 6.

 Michael Dunlop

 BMW Motorrad /Hawk Racing

 7.

 Gary Johnson

 Lincs Lifting Ltd.

 8.

 William Dunlop

 Tyco Suzuki

 9.

 Michael Rutter

 tbc

 10.

 Conor Cummins

 Honda Racing

 11.

 Dan Stewart

 SMT / Wilcock Racing

 12.

 Dean Harrison

 RC Express Racing by MSS Performance   

 13.

 Lee Johnston

 East Coast Racing

 14.

 Josh Brookes

 Milwaukee Yamaha

 15.

 Steve Mercer

 Team Traction Control

 16.

 David Johnson

 Lloyd and Jones PR Kawasaki

 17.

 Dan Kneen

 BE Racing

 19.

 Cameron Donald

 Norton Motorcycles

 20.

 Ben Wylie

 Privateer

 21.

 Jimmy Moore

 East Coast Construction

 26.

 Jamie Hamilton

 Wilson Craig Racing

 28.

 Horst Saiger

 Taylor Lindsey Racing Honda

 37.

 Ivan Lintin 

 Taylor Lindsey Racing Honda

 40.

 Martin Jessop

 Riders Motorcycles BMW

 60.

 Peter Hickman

 Ice Valley by Motorsave

 66.

 Danny Webb

 KMR Kawasaki

 71.

 Dan Kruger

 Penz13.Com BMW Racing Team

 77.

 Ryan Farquhar

 KMR Kawasaki

 92.

 Vik de Cooremeter    

 Okidoki Racing Team

 93.

 Laurent Hoffmann

 Ice Valley by Motorsave

The complete entry list contains riders from all corners of the British Isles, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Austria, Italy, USA, France, Hungary, Portugal, Brazil, Belgium, Finland, Czech Republic and Argentina are represented.

The Formula Two Sidecar class continues with an impressive entry of over 60, nine of whom will be newcomers. 16-time winner Dave Molyneux, again with Patrick Farrance in the chair, will be looking to add to their tally.  Whilst last year's first time race winners, former World Champions Tim Reeves/Dan Sayle and Ben Birchall/Tom Birchall, as well as John Holden/Andy Winkle will provide the main threats.

Paul Phillips, TT and Motorsport Development Manager, Isle of Man Government, believes that the entry list will see records tumbling again.  He said, "Not only do we have an increasingly impressive entry list at the front of the grid, with all the leading contenders competing and significant commitment from the leading manufacturers but we also have a incredible strength in depth throughout the field.”

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