2012 IOM TT Padgetts MMCG Racing TeamA team that will quickly become a favorite during the 2012 Isle of Man TT is the Yorkshire-based Padgetts MMCG Racing team.
Why? How about a star lineup that features three winners from last year’s TT races – 17-time Isle of Man TT winner John McGuinness, Bruce Anstey (eight TT wins) and Gary Johnson (one TT win).McGuinness, who will compete on the Honda TT Legends team in the Superbike races, will compete on a Padgetts MMCG Honda machinery during the Supersport and Superstock races.The Brit, who won the Superbike and Senior TT races last season en route to the overall title, took the runner-up spots in both Superstock races and the second Supersport race on Padgetts machinery last year.McGuinness will be joined by Bruce Anstey, who will compete on Padgett machiner in the Monster Energy Supersport 1 and 2, Royal London 360 Superstock, Dainese Superbike and PokerStars Senior races; last season Anstey won the first Supersport race.The third rider is Johnson, who took his maiden TT last season (Supersport 2). Johnson will compete in the Superbike and Senior races on Padgetts machinery.Clive Padgett (Padgett’s MMCG Racing Team Boss) says: “We’ve got a great team again this year and I know that all the lads enjoy racing for our team. Everyone gets on really well and feels part of the family when they climb onto our bikes. I’m delighted to welcome Gary on board and I’m sure we can help him, and John and Bruce, to add to their wins on the mountain course. Roll on June.”The Padgetts MMCG Racing team has become a byword in consistency at the TT with nine wins, including Ian Hutchinson’s record breaking five in a week in 2010, in the last four years.Since 2007, the team has taken a total of 14 podiums with four fastest laps including two lap records in the Superstock class in 2009 and 2010. In total, the team has 24 top five finishes from the last thirty one races they’ve started in the same five year period. Between the 2008 and 2010 Senior Races they won eight out of the eleven races held.Paul Phillips (TT and Motorsport Manager, Isle of Man Government) says: “Padgetts has established themselves as the team to beat on the Isle of Man. There’s a saying on the Isle of Man that to win the race you’ve got to finish it and Padgetts consistent performance has meant that they have had an unbeatable record over the last few years.”
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In the second segment, I chat with one of my all time heroes—three-time World Champion racer ‘fast’ Freddie Spencer. I’ll do my best not to come off as too much of a fanboy here, but frankly it’ll be tough!
In my humble opinion, Spencer is a contender for the GOAT—greatest of all time. Sure, his career was a little shorter than some, and his number of championships falls behind the likes of Lawson, Doohan, Rossi, and of course Marquez. But at the time, Freddie literally changed the way motorcycles were ridden. 30 years before Marc Marquez, Freddie was able to push the front wheel into a slide, corner after corner, lap after lap in order to get the bike turned faster than anyone else. Freddie took completely different lines and was able to get on the throttle so early he could out accelerate anyone off a corner.
In the modern era, of course Freddie is the chairman of the FIM MotoGP Stewards panel. This is the panel of referees for all three classes of Grand prix racing. I talked to Freddie about his task there, and although for contractual reasons with Dorna and the FIM he cannot talk about specific riders, teams, or events, nevertheless his explanation of the job makes for interesting listening. It’s a tough job, and frankly I wouldn’t want to do it!
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