Motorcycle Racing News Isle of Man TT: Mackman Leads Privateers

Isle of Man TT: Mackman Leads Privateers

2011 Isle of Man TT

With three races of the 2011 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy held so far, the race for the TT Privateers Championship is currently being headed by Ian Mackman.

The Cheshire rider has had a brilliant week with two top 10 positions already. Mackman has 61 points out of a possible 75 and, with a 32-point gap, he’s going to take some stopping.

The battle behind him though is incredibly close with just four points separating six riders.

Second is Steve Mercer, but with no Supersport machine the Kent rider will be unable to overhaul Mackman so he’ll be looking to secure second in the Championship.

He lies in joint second with Mark Buckley, a retirement in the Royal London 360 Superstock race denting the Scottish rider’s challenge, but if he can score well in the final two races, and Mackman has a DNF, he’ll be handily placed.

Likewise for the consistent Rob Barber who lies just one point further back. John Burrows, a retirement in the Monster Energy Supersport 1 race, is in fifth on 26 points, while joint sixth are Ben Wylie and Simon Andrews, the former being the first Privateer home in the Monster Energy Supersport 1 race, the only class he’s entered this year. Andrews was the first Privateer to finish in the Royal London 360 Superstock race, the Evesham rider taking a brilliant 11th overall.

Stefano Bonetti, Ian Pattinson and Luis Carreira round out the top 10 with 26 riders having scored points so far, including newcomers Robert Wilson and Dean Harrison.

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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