Jordan, who took his maiden International Road Race victory at the Ulster GP yesterday, stands in for the injured Adam McLean on the AJS 7R with the highly successful Ripley Land Racing team. His senior teammate, Michael Rutter, will start from number 4 onboard the most popular bike in the field – a 350 Honda K4.
Second away in the small capacity class will be the returning Joey Thompson, onboard the sole John Chapman Racing Honda in the class. He’ll be followed by one of the two CSC Racing Hondas, with Michael Sweeney away at number 3 in his first appearance in the class. He’s joined in the CSC Racing team by Maria Costello, who starts the 4-lap race from number 7.
Craig Neve lines up at number 5 onboard the JK Construction Honda, making a return to the TT Mountain Course having missed the TT due to injuries sustained at the North West 200. The newly crowned Irish Superbike champion, Derek Shiels, will start ten seconds later on the Greenhall Racing Honda.
Last year’s runner up starts at number 8, with Jamie Coward onboard the Ted Woof/Craven Honda. Only ten seconds separated Coward and race winner Dominic Herbertson in the 2018 encounter and the same margin will separate them from the start-line, as Herbertson starts from number 9 on the Davies Motorsport Honda.
Chris Swallow is the first of the out-and-out classic racing specialists in the field, riding the only 350 Velocette in the class. He starts from number 10 and will be hoping to improve on the disappointment of a DNF in 2018.
Further names from the classic racing scene feature in the top 20, with Alan Oversby (Pipe Worx Exhausts Honda), Hefyn Owen (Owen Racing Honda), Alex Sinclair (Fox Classic Racing), Bill Swallow (Gleve Racing/John Poyner Honda) and Steve Ferguson (RJP Racing Honda) all lining up on machines they will be familiar with in contrast to their TT contemporaries.
Lee Johnston, winner of the race back in 2014 and cover star of the 2019 Festival of Motorcycling Programme, will start from his usual number 13 and forms arguably the strongest team in the class with Herbertson for the Davies Motorsport outfit.
Rob Hodson will start from number 19 on the Geoff Bates Racing Honda, and the top 20 is concluded by road racing’s fastest dentist, Richard Wilson, on board the Chris Hughes Racing Honda.
The complete top twenty is as follows:
- Paul Jordan – Ripley Land Racing, AJS
- Joey Thompson – John Chapman Racing, Honda
- Michael Sweeney – CSC Racing, Honda
- Michael Rutter – Ripley Land Racing, Honda
- Craig Neve – JK Construction, Honda
- Derek Sheils – Greenall Racing, Honda
- Maria Costello – CSC Racing, Honda
- Jamie Coward – Ted Woof/Craven Honda, Honda
- Dominic Herbertson – Davies Motorsport, Honda
- Chris Swallow – PKP/Bladon Enterprises/Hall Green, Velocette
- Alan Oversby – Pipe Werx Exhausts, Honda
- Danny Webb – Dunnell Racing, Norton
- Lee Johnston – Davies Motorsport, Honda
- Hefyn Owen – Owen Racing, Honda
- Alex Sinclair – Fox Classic Racing, Honda
- David Madsen-Mygdal – Team Gimbert Racing, Honda
- Bill Swallow – Gleve Racing/John Poyner, Honda
- Steve Ferguson – RJP Racing, Honda
- Rob Hodson – Geoff Bates Racing, Honda
- Richard Wilson – Chris Hughes Racing, Honda
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