MARCUS SIMPSON CONFIRMED FOR TT DEBUT
Talented Manxman Marcus Simpson will make his debut at this year’s Isle of Man TT Races, competing in both Supersport and Supertwin categories.
Alongside compatriots Nathan Harrison and Jamie Cringle, Simpson is part of a new generation of Manx riders making the step up to the TT, and he does so after a breakthrough year in 2022.
The 24-year-old took a string of top-ten finishes on his debut at the Southern 100 event and also enjoyed a successful season competing in Ireland. Finishing second overall in the Senior Support Championship, highlights included victory at the Skerries 100 on his Yamaha R6 along with second place finishes at the Kells and Armoy Road Races.
Simpson is the latest in a new generation of local talent taking on the TT.
For Simpson, the TT is the next step and next challenge in his racing career where, in 2023, he’ll campaign the Atherstone Accident and Repair Centre Yamaha R6 in the two 4-lap Supersport Races along with the LMR Racing Kawasaki in the Supertwin encounters.
“Growing up on the Island and as a proud Manxman, competing at the TT has always been a dream of mine and I’m really excited about the challenge and the prospect of racing around the Mountain Course.”
“I’ve been doing plenty of laps in the van and I’ve been watching onboard laps for years, and I’m also fortunate to have Nick Jefferies [1993 Formula One TT Race winner] as a family friend who’s been helping me prepare.”
“There aren’t any expectations from anyone in my debut year and I can be anonymous, just going out in each session doing my own thing and putting in as many laps as possible. My aims are simple – to qualify for all my races, to finish all of them and to enjoy myself.”
2023 features a busy calendar for Simpson with two trips to Spain for testing followed by outings at the Cookstown 100, Tandragee 100 and a debut at the North West 200 as he prepares for his maiden outing at the Isle of Man TT Races.