The weekend, a three-day festival that recreates the spirit of racing during the circuit’s heyday from 1948 to 1966, features two 25-minute races for pre-1966 500cc motorcycles that forms the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy. Bikes including Manx Nortons, BMWS and MV Agustas are shared in two-rider teams, with compulsory pitstops for rider changes in each of the two legs. The pairing with the best aggregate results over the two days take the overall victory.
John McGuinness, 23-time TT winner and last year’s race winner, leads the entry for the TT contingent but faces a tough challenge to retain his 2018 title. Riding a Matchless G50 with new team-mate Sebastian Perez, owner of the bike, McGuinness is part of a field packed with potential winners.
None more so than outright TT lap record holder and winner of three races at the 2019 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy, Peter Hickman, who makes his debut at the Goodwood Revival alongside team mate and classic racing specialist Sam Clews on a 1962 Manx Norton.
The single-cylinder machine that was so dominant at the Isle of Man and subsequently named in its honour makes up half of the entries. Classic TT TV hosts Steve Plater and Steve Parrish, James Hillier in his second appearance at the event, Conor Cummins another debutant for 2019, his Padgetts Racing teammate Davey Todd, 7-time TT winner Michael Rutter, and 19-time TT winner Michael Dunlop are all set to ride the iconic Norton.
Meanwhile, Gary Johnson will be joined by Mick Grant onboard the 1964 John Chapman MV Agusta 500/3 that Ian Lougher rode in the 2019 Bennetts Senior Classic TT just a few weeks ago, while Lee Johnston will be onboard another MV Agusta owned by Mark Kay.
Jenny Tinmouth, the fastest woman ever to have lapped the TT Course, lines up on the only Honda in the field and Maria Costello, the only woman to have contested both solo and sidecar classes at the TT in a single event, is onboard a 1954 BMW RS54.
Whilst there are plenty of potential winners amongst the TT riders competing, the likes of 2-time WorldSBK Champion Troy Corser and 3-time Grand Prix World Champion and MotoGP race winner Dani Pedrosa will also by vying for the top step of the podium.
Part One of the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy is scheduled to begin at 11:55 on Saturday 14th September, with Part Two taking place at 11:25 on Sunday 15th.
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