Motorcycle Racing News Haslem to ride 2010 Isle of Man TT Lap

Haslem to ride 2010 Isle of Man TT Lap

IOMTT Parade Lap

Last year, MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi rode the parade lap on the iconic Isle of Man TT course. This year, the greats of motorcycle racing will line-up again for two very special parade laps during the 2010 Isle of Man TT (IOMTT).

Trevor Nation, Nick Jefferies and Steve Webster MBE have been confirmed for the TT Classic Parade, while leading World Superbike Championship rider Leon Haslam and British Superbike Championship star Yukio Kagayama will be among the famous names riding in the lap celebrating Suzuki’s 50th anniversary.

The parades are scheduled to start at 10:45 am on the morning of Senior TT Race Day, Friday June 11, and riders will complete a full circuit of the TT course on a closed road.

In the TT Classic Parade, Nation will ride his original JPS Norton, Jefferies will ride his nephew David’s TAS Suzuki and World Sidecar Champion Webster will be joined by Paul Woodhead.

Leon Haslam will take a break from the Superbike World Championship, where he is leading the title battle after two rounds, to join BSB WORX Suzuki rider Kagayama in the Suzuki 50th Anniversary parade lap. Also confirmed for that event are Frank Perris, who won two 125cc Grand Prix races in the 1965 championship, and Stuart Graham, son of TT legend Les, who finished third in the 50cc and 125cc championship in 1967.

Negotiations are also taking place with current MotoGP stars to line up in the parade.

Valentino Rossi had this to say after his lap around the IOM in ’09: "I give big respect to the riders who are competing today. I have always followed the TT and have watched a mountain of DVDs, but watching it live is another thing altogether!" Rossi went on to say, "The way that these guys pass each other at a high speed is incredible!"

As well as MotoGP, World Superbike (WSBK) and other motorcycle racing stars taking to the IOMTT circuit during the parade laps, fans have been offered the opportunity to enter their own motorcycles and ride as well – all racing machines or accurate replicas manufactured before 1998 are eligible.

The entry fee, including race registration and insurance, is £200 (~$320 USD) for solo riders and £275 (~$440 USD) for sidecars. All funds raised will be reinvested back into the cost of future running and development of the TT, including investment in the latest safety barriers and equipment.

The 2010 Isle of Man TT parades are limited to a combined total of 200 participants and the closing date for entries is Friday, April 23, 2010. So get your money down if you want to ride with WSBK’s Leon Haslem.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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