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British MotoGP Stars to Ride Isle of Man TT Parade Lap

2014 Isle of Man TT Parade Lap

Every year, stars of motorcycle motorsports participate in the parade lap ahead of the Senior TT at the Isle of Man TT races.

In the past, many MotoGP icons have highlighted the parade lap, including nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi and America’s Kevin Schwantz.

This year, four British riders currently in MotoGP will participate in the parade lap, which is scheduled for Friday, June 6, ahead of the 2014 PokerStars Senior TT.

The riders include Isle of Man resident Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team), and the UK’s Bradely Smith (Monster Tech 3 Yamaha), Michael Laverty (PBM Aprilia) and Scott Redding (GO&FUN Honda Gresini.

With five of 18 rounds complete in 2014 MotoGP, Smith has had the best finishes so far this year. Smith qualified on the front row at Qatar, but unfortunately suffered a DNF. He followed this up with fifth at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas, eighth at Jerez and 10th at Le Mans.

As for Crutchlow, he finished sixth in the opening round, but crashed at Austin, sustaining a finger injury. Due to the injury, he missed Argentina and suffered a DNF at Jerez, but he finished 11th at Le Mans.

As for Redding, he holds the record for youngest rider to ever finish a Grand Prix race when he won the 125cc British GP at Donington in 2008. He finished seventh in the opening Qatar round of 2014 MotoGp, and has top-15 finishes at Austin, Argentina, Jerez and Le Mans.

As for the 2007 British Supersport Champion Laverty, the rookie has finished 16th in four out of five rounds so far this season.

Speaking of the parade lap, Bennetts/Bike Nation Ambassador Scott Redding says “The TT guys are unique in motorcycle racing. I have huge respect and admiration for what they do. The chance to ride round the TT course on a closed road is a brilliant opportunity for me to experience something different and I’m really looking forward to getting out to the Island to meet the TT fans, see the racing first hand and get a lap in as well.”

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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