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English rider Peter Hickman’s winning motorcycle at the 2022 Isle of Man TT races has fetched a staggering GBP112,700 (RM627k) at The International Classic Motorcycle Show’s Spring Stafford Sale on April 22, 2023. 

  • The bike was prepared by Gas Monkey Garage by FHO Racing and is a BMW M 1000 RR that Hickman rode to victories in the Superbike and Senior TT classes.
  • The motorcycle is a Superbike World Championship-spec machine that boasts a reinforced chassis, a Suter swingarm, and Öhlins suspension.


In addition, BMW specially prepared the engine and airbox, and an Akrapovic titanium exhaust system along with a larger fuel tank and an STM clutch to meet the demands of the Snaefell Mountain course.

The motorcycle’s authenticity was confirmed by the bug guts splattered across the front fairing and the chain grease/road debris speckling the under-tail. 

Interestingly, the new owner has chosen to remain anonymous. Nevertheless, Hickman’s winning bike is definitely an every collectors dream.

Hickman has been on a winning streak since the 2018 Isle of Man TT, accumulating nine TT wins in just five years. 

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic sidelining IOMTT races for two consecutive years, Hickman continued to dominate the field in 2022, winning the Supertwin, Superstock, Superbike, and Senior TT classes. 

With the 2023 Isle of Man TT just around the corner, there is a chance that another Hickman-ridden motorcycle could make it back to the auction block soon.

The Isle of Man TT is set to return in 2023 with registration for the Tourist Trophy are now officially opens. 

  • 2023 season to commence with three races instead of two. 
  • 2023 season will mark the race 102nd edition since its inception in 1907. 

According to the official information, the 2023 season will kick-off from May 29 to June 10, 2023.  

That said, the iconic race is set to turn the calm and serene town of Isle of Man into a road racing circuit with bikes blazing through the street at more than 300km/h. 

The 2023 season will mark the race 102nd edition having run continuously since 1907 –  skipped several times due to World War I and World War II and recently the pandemic. 

Nevertheless, similar to last year’s edition, the 2023 season will return in full blast with revised schedule consisting of ten races. 

However, unlike the previous edition, 2023 season now has three races instead of two:

  • June 3 (Saturday) – Monster Energy SuperSport and 3 Sidecar TT Races
  • June 4 (Sunday) – RST Superbike TT
  • June 6 (Tuesday) – first RL360 Superstock Race and Supertwin Race
  • June 7 (Wednesday) – second RL360 Superstock Race and Supertwin race

The recently concluded Motorcycle Live event witness a host of motorcycle manufacturers unveiling their new and upcoming motorcycle.

  • Arai celebrates the Isle of Man TT with a special edition RX-7V EVO helmet.
  • The IOMTT special helmet has been a hit since its introduction in 2007. 

However, helmet maker like Arai also took the opportunity to revealed its latest product, the Isle of Man TT Special Edition RX-7V Evo helmet.

Arai teamed up with Dudi Performance to design the new limited edition RX-7V Evo to celebrate the 2023 Isle of Man TT event. 

If you’re a fan of Arai then you would know that since it first edition in 2007, every special edition TT helmets is a must have for riders around the world. 

Using the RX-7V as base, the Isle of Man TT special meets the latest ECE22.06 safety standard and offering the best sports and track riding features.

In terms of colours, the TT special RX-7V EVO comes in black, red and white colour combination along with some fluorescent yellow. Also features on the helmet is the Ellan Vannin text and TT logo. 

“We so look forward to the TT! It was great to get back to the Isle of Man again finally this year and it’s an event that means so much, to us at Arai.

“We are very glad to reveal the 2023 IoM TT Limited Edition RX-7V Evo at Motorcycle Live, a highlight of our year. Drudi Performance has produced another beautiful design on our top of the range RX-7V Evo which combines the signature TT elements with fresh, flowing lines,” said Ingmar Stroeven, Arai Helmet (Europe) B.V Managing DIrector. 

According to Arai, the 2023 IOM TT RX-7V EVO is expected to arrive in Q2 of 2023. 

An Isle of Man TT start line official who has been responsible for giving riders the tap on the shoulders at the start of the race has retired after 68 years involvement with the iconic race.

  • Paul Kermode has spend nearly 70 years with the Isle of Man TT races since 1954.
  • 23-time John McGuiness was his last send off at the 2022 IOMTT. 

Paul Kermode, 79, first volunteered with the TT back in 1954 as a scout working on the scoreboard before taking over the job as a start line official.

Kermode bowed out after the first Superbike race whereby his final shoulder tap happened to be 23-time winner John McGuinness’.

“When he came down to the line to start, he shook my hand and said: ‘happy retirement,.

“I think it’s been great to be able to do it,” he said.

Kermode been giving the famous shoulder tap for the past 15 years and despite not keeping count, he estimates that he has send thousands of riders away at the TT race and Manx GP.

“It had to come to an end at some time and that was the perfect way to do it, with John’s hundredth.

“I marshalled the early morning practices from 16. I couldn’t do race week, because I worked for the newspapers and we printed a TT special and no staff were allowed off.

“I might get out on the course somewhere now and watch them. In this day and age there’s not many people that will do something for nothing, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it over time. The early morning practices were something else,” he added.

(Source: MCN)

Here’s some glorious on-board footage of racing legend John McGuinness lapping the Isle of Man TT 2022 course aboard his Fireblade SP.


Road racing legend, Michael Dunlop will pilot the Ducati Panigale V4 R at the 2022 Isle of Man.

Dunlop signed with Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM) Ducati Team ahead of the 2022 IOMTT, however the ongoing pandemic forced organizers to cancel the 2020 and 2021 edition.

Nevertheless, the 2022 season is set to return on May 28 with Dunlop staying with PBM Ducati.

However, to adapt to the Panigale V4 R after a two-year absent, Dunlop will ride the Borgo Panigale machinery at Northern Ireland’s North West 200 happening on May 12 to 14.

Regardless, Dunlop is still regarded as one of the favourites in the Superbike pack, as he currently has 19 IOMTT wins to his name.

If the 32-year-old rider managed to pulls of another win, Ducati will be the seventh winning manufacturer to partner the Northern Irishman after Yamaha, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, BMW and Paton.

Road racing legend John McGuinness is considering hanging up his racing suit after the 2022 Isle of Man TT.

The British rider will turn 50-years-old when the Isle of Man TT comes around and will race onboard the new Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade alongside British Superbike race winner and debutant Glen Irwin.

McGuinness hinted that the upcoming 2022 edition might be his last before he bids farewell to the sport.

“The last time I raced there, I didn’t have a great TT and I didn’t want to finish my racing career on a breakdown so this, never said it before, could possibly be my last TT but I wanted to just go there with everything, you know, all the i’s dotted and t’s crossed and go and enjoy it and see where we end up.”

“Getting back to racing, we’re all a little bit nervous, all us riders especially. We did some racing through Covid but not the road racing like in the Isle of Man so we’ve all been away for two years.

“The bikes are getting faster, none of us have been there so we’re all nervous, there’s a lot of anticipation but, you watch, once we get there it will be flat out, it will be 200mph, we’ll be doing what we do,” said McGuinness to the press after picking up his MBE for his service to motorcycle racing.

McGuinness last primary event TT wins came in 2015, bringing him a total of 23 wins, just three shies of the record holder, Joey Dunlop.

McGuinness was on course to surpass Dunlop in 2017, but his plans got derailed due to a technical error that led to a devastating crash on the 2017 North West 200.

The incident also ruled him out of 2017 and 2018 TT.

He ought to make a comeback in 2020 with Bournemouth Kawasaki – after a disappointing 2019 season with Norton – but was stopped short due to Covid-19.

John McGuinness will compete in the 2022 road racing with Honda Racing Team alongside TT newcomer, Glen Irwin.

The announcement coincides with Honda’s 30th anniversary of the Fireblade which has been upgraded for 2022 including a stunning retro anniversary paint job.

“What can I say really, it’s like coming back home to the family! I’ve been in talks for a while with Neil and Harv and it’s just something that feels right; it’s the 30th anniversary of the Fireblade, I’ll be 50 years old and also celebrating my 100th TT start, so it feels like it’s meant to be.

“I’ve enjoyed a lot of success on the roads with the Honda and worked with Harv back in the day with HM Plant Honda, so I’m looking forward to getting back into the set-up and getting going.

“I had a little go on the Fireblade earlier this year and was impressed with it on track, so looking forward to getting on the roads and seeing how it goes. It’s going to be a special year with everything going on and also just getting back to the North West 200 and the TT and everyone racing there again – I can’t wait to get stuck in!” said McGuinness.

Meanwhile, McGuinness will be joined by NW200 winner, Irwin who is set to make his debut at the Isle of Man TT.

“Finally, I’ll be making my long-awaited TT debut with Honda! We’re now more familiar with the new Fireblade and the team is more familiar; I like to have home comforts as such and continuing with the bike and the same team I think puts us in a better position with a frame of mind,” said the 31-year old.

McGuinness and Irwin will compete in both Superstock and Superbike category with the TT scheduled to run from May 28 to June 11.

John McGuinness reportedly will make a surprise return to the factory Honda team for the 2022 Isle of Man TT.

The British rider currently is the second most successful rider at the iconic race with over 23 victories, just three shy of Joey Dunlop 26 wins.

McGuinness enjoyed most of his success with Honda stretching back to 2006 before it ended with an accident in 2018 where he broke his leg, four vertebrae and three ribs at the North West 200.

The 49-year-old rider return to action in high profile deals with cash-strapped Norton in 2018 before making a switch to Kawasaki in 2020.

However, his career with Team Green did not begin as that year’s Isle of Man TT got cancelled due to Covid-19.

With the 2021 edition also axed, free agent McGuinness was close to retiring however according to Northern Ireland’s ‘The Newsletter’ report, 2022 will see him back on a factory Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade.

This means that he will get his 100th start at next year TT.

“It’s been weird, coming up to my 100th start, so I’m feeling a little bit of pressure, but I shouldn’t really feel any pressure because it’s just going to be another race.

“I’ve nothing left to prove anymore and I just still love coming across, I still love riding the place and I still enjoy everything about it.

“I miss the people, I miss the bikes, the atmosphere – there’s only one place like it and the Isle of Man is so unique, and I’ve loved every minute of it,” he said.

The organisers of the Isle of Man TT 2021 have announced that next year’s event has been officially cancelled due to ongoing concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re pretty sure that fans and enthusiasts are disappointed by this news as the event was planned to take place from 28 May to 11 June 2021. (more…)

Kerajaan Isle of Man mengumumkan bahawa TT edisi 2021 terpaksa dibatalkan ekoran pandemik Covid-19.

Keputusan itu merupakan dilihat sebagai impak besar buat komuniti Isle of Man TT yang sebelum ini telah pun dimaklumkan mengenai pembatalan edisi 2020.

Bagaimanapun, keputusan tersebut diambil selepas mengambil kira keselamatan penduduk Isle of Man selain daripada pasukan, marshal dan pengunjung yang hadir ke pulau terbabit.

Menteri di Jabatan Perusahaan, Isle of Man, Laurence Skelly akui pengumuman ini pastinya mengecewakan ramai pihak.

“Kami terpaksa mengambil keputusan ini supaya segalanya lebih jelas kepada peminat perlumbaan ini dan semua pihak yang terlibat.

“TT bergantung pada ribuan sukarelawan dan pegawai dari setiap pelusuk organisasi di samping puluhan ribu pengunjung yang akan tiba bagi menyaksikan kejohanan itu pada Jun.

“Kami telah mengambil kira pelbagai cadangan antaranya menunda TT ke tarikh baharu tetapi terdapat pelbagai risiko lain terutamanya kepada penduduk disini.

“Bagaimanapun, kami masih mengharapkan Classic TT dan Manx GP masih boleh berjalan,” jelasnya.

The world of motorcycle Grand Prix in the 70s and 80s were dominated by 500cc two-stroke monsters and one of the best ones was the Suzuki RG500 piloted by the likes of Barry Sheene and more. In the last two years, Team Classic Suzuki raced their restored beauties at the Isle of Man TT Classics category by Danny Webb. (more…)


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