News Simpson Wins Senior Manx Grand Prix on Triumph

Simpson Wins Senior Manx Grand Prix on Triumph

2012 Manx Grand Prix Senior Results

Splitlath Redmond Newcomer John Simpson today won a sensational Senior Manx Grand Prix with a dramatic last lap victory from fellow newcomer Andy Soar in one of the event’s most sensational races in its 89 history. It was the first time that a Triumph had taken the top place in the Senior Manx since Don Crossley’s victory in 1948.

Republic of Ireland rider Wayne Kirwan led by a minute going into the fourth lap but in a dramatic last lap, with conditions deteriorating, Simpson posted a lap of 22:41.88 to Kirwan’s 23:47.95 to overhaul the race leader while Dennis Booth, who held a lead of almost forty seconds over Simpson at the Bungalow on the last lap, then coming off at the 33rd Milestone with victory in his grasp. He was taken by airmed to Nobles hospital for assessment.

Competitors were facing variable conditions for the Senior Manx Grand Prix, the final race of the 2012 meeting, from the outset and riders were warned to look out for damp patches around the course.

The Republic of Ireland racer Wayne Kirwan had the honour of leading the field away and started as one of the favourites, following the withdrawal of Jamie Coward with a mandatory 14-day lay off due to the concussion he experienced in the Junior Race earlier in the week.

Kirwan led by the first checkpoint at Glen Helen, with a lead of less than two seconds from local rider Paul Smyth with Oxfordshire’s Michael Moulai in third place almost four seconds further back.

Kirwan’s opening lap of 19:19.05 (117.189) gave him an 8.95 second lead over Paul Smyth (19:28.01/116.291mph). Jonathan Woodward was meanwhile having a great run from a starting position of 48 and moved ahead of fourth placed Sweeney and Moulai, who dropped to fifth, with a lap of 19:42.74 (114.842mph), 23 seconds behind the leader.

However, following an incident at Bedstead Corner involving Jonathan Woodward and newcomer Bjorn Gunnarsson, Splitlath Redmond’s John Simpson, a newcomer, moved up into third place at the end of the second lap with Kirwan extending his lead to 30 seconds over Paul Smyth. Both Gunarrsson and Woodward were taken by airmed to Nobles with Gunnarsson reported to have possible fractures and Woodward receiving attention for back and shoulder injuries.

Kirwan put the hammer down on the third lap and steadily extended his lead to a minute from Simpson, who moved ahead of Smyth with Dennis Booth also moving in front of the Douglas based rider into third with Smyth dropping to fourth.

However it was all change dramatically on the last lap when, in deteriorating conditions, first Booth went to the front then Simpson and Andy Soar, another newcomer, took the race by the scruff of the neck.

In a sensational last lap Simpson made up the 1-minute deficit up by clocking 22:41.88 (99.736mph) to Kirwan’s 23:47.95 (95.121mph). Fellow newcomer Andy Soar relegated Kirwan to third place with the fastest last lap of the race at 21:48.37 (103.815mph) with Soar moving up from seventh place on the final lap to take the runner up spot from Kirwan in third.

Dennis Booth, who had been in third place going into the last lap and actually moved into the lead at Ramsey, and held a lead of almost forty seconds by the Bungalow was reported as coming off at the 33rd and taken by airmed to Nobles hospital for assessment, leaving Simpson to take the Senior Manx Grand Prix title.

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).

2022 Kawasaki KLR650 First Look (14 Fast Facts)

2018 was a dark year for Kawasaki KLR650 enthusiasts. It was the last year of the much-loved venerable big-bore dual-sport model that debuted in...

2022 Indian FTR Lineup First Look (8 Fast Facts)

It’s barely 2021, yet the 2022 Indian FTR lineup is here, and there are some significant changes to three of the four variants. In...

2021 Kawasaki KLX230R S First Look (8 Fast Facts)

Just a year after the debut of the Kawasaki KLX230R trail bike, we get our first look at the 2021 Kawasaki KLX230R S. While...

2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS First Look (19 Fast Facts)

Forget what you know about any previous Triumph Speed Triple. The 2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS is an all-new naked upright sportbike ready...

2021 Harley-Davidson CVO Limited First Look: Updates, Specs, Photos

The 2021 Harley-Davidson CVO Limited arrives with two new paint choices, plus a couple of updates in the dash area. There’s a new LED...

MP Magic 37.5 Tech Merino Wool Socks Review (All-Season Footwear)

I’m very picky when it comes to motorcycle socks. For dirt bikes, it’s easy. I always wear Fly Racing Knee Brace socks, as they...