The Isle of Man. No, it’s not like “Whore Island“, but for women- or, maybe it is, if what gets your motor running is literal motors running. That’s because, since 1907, hundreds of competitors and thousands of spectators have descended on the tiny British island to take part in the famous Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) motorcycle race. It is one of the most thrilling, most demanding races in the world- and this is what it looks like from the point of view of a racer.
Here’s the official summary of what you’re about to see …
It’s lap 3 of the 2013 Monster Energy Supersport Race 2 – Michael Dunlop is holding second place on corrected time to Bruce Anstey but trailing John McGuinness and Cameron Donald on the road. As he leaves the pits it’s clear Michael is on a mission to get himself on to the podium for the fourth time in a week.
Blasting down Bray Hill on the PTR tuned MD Racing CBR600RR Dunlop’s a man on the move. With John and Cameron in his sights Michael’s in determined move – watch as he dices with these old TT hands and puts a silky move on them at Ramsey Hairpin!
… and as you watch this, keep in mind: these images are not sped up, there is no cage protecting Michael Dunlop, and he is utterly dependent on the brakes, shocks, engine, and frame of his Honda CBR600 working exactly as they are supposed to on every climb, in every bend, and through every corner. Or, you know, he’ll die.
The all-electric racers from Brammo will be competing against these 600cc Honda riders at the Isle of Man later this year, and they’ll have their work cut out for them. Other electric motorcycles from MotoCzysz and, one day, from Ohio State will compete, as well, hoping to out-pace the ICE field. So, faster than what you see here- which we’d post a video of, but it’s all just a bunch of crazy plaid. Enjoy.