Dave Molyneux 2017 TT Plans
Dave Molyneux is without a doubt the top sidecar competitor at the Isle of Man TT. The 53-year-old Isle of Man native has 17 TT wins under his leathers, making him the third winningest TT winner behind John McGuinness (23) and the late Joey Dunlop (26).
The 2016 Isle of Man TT wasn’t to successful for Molyneux, though, as him and teammate Daniel Sayle suffered to DNFs due to technical issues.
Molyneux, who owns his team, will seek much different luck for the 2017 Isle of Man Sure Sidecar TTs. Molyneux has teamed up with Yamaha and a newcomer passenger, Harry Payne.
The 24-year-old Colchester pilot, who began his motorcycle-racing career in sidecar motocross, moved to the Isle of Man to fully prepare for the 2017 TT. Payne spent the last few years racing in the BEMSEE Championship (British Motorcycle Racing Club). Payne spent this year as passenger of Dave Wallis, and also of last year’s TT runner up Alan Founds to claim second in the F2 British Championship round at Brands Hatch, narrowly outside Dave Molyneux’s 2015 lap record.
As for Molyneux, he began his sidecar TT career in 1985, claiming his first win in 1989 and his last in 2014. His career included double race wins in 1993, 1996, 2004, the centenary TT meeting in 2007 and again in 2012. In 2017 the Birchall Brothers beat his outright lap record of 116.875, which was set in 2015.
Speaking of his new passenger, Molyneux says “Harry is mad keen to do the TT. He’s the right build, the right weight and, for a passenger, the right age. It’s very physical on the Mountain Course these days, especially for a passenger.
“I’ve been really impressed with Harry’s commitment and that’s why I wanted to race with him. He’s already proved he’s incredibly dedicated to preparing for the TT and I have no doubt that despite being a newcomer he will be ready to race.”
Harry Payne also commented: “I was all set to race last year before my plans fell through which was really disappointing but I’ve now been given an incredible opportunity with the best driver in the paddock. It will be a real honour for me and I’m determined to make the most of it and be as prepared as I possibly can for next year’s TT.”
The team will shortly begin an extensive testing program at Jurby and have a number of race meetings planned for 2017 including the first two British Championship rounds, the IOM TT reports.
The DMR outfit will be powered by Yamaha with backing from a number of Isle of Man based businesses including A & J Groundworks, Beaumanx Productions, Andreas Meat Co, Full Factory Menswear, CBG, Silkolene and Evo Moto with notable support from the Isle of Man Yamaha dealer Road and Track. It will be the first time since 1996 that Molyneux has used Yamaha engines.