Welcome to the 2013 Isle of Man TT. It’s a beautiful sunny day on the Irish Sea, and tonight’s first practice should be some pretty good craic for all involved.
Every year, the “newcomers” are real story of first practice at the TT. These are the riders wearing the orange bibs who are competing for the first time on the infamous 37.75-mile mountain course. The risk accepted by race participants is well-known, and while the newcomers have studied the videos, lapped the course on bikes or in cars, nothing has prepared them for their first blast down Glencrutchery Road and their first official lap of the course at speed.
This year, we will see the first Chinese-made motorcycle, a 650cc Twin, competing at the TT. Gary Johnson will pilot a ValMoto MV Agusta F3 675 in Supersport, and Michael Dunlop will take Johnson’s place on the Honda TT Legends team alongside the legend himself, John McGuinness.
So, sit back, relax and enjoy the photos. We will be posting daily galleries from The Island, along with a short news update for fans following this legendary event in the U.S. and around the world.
Kevin Warren is a freelance photographer living in Atlanta, Georgia. To see more of his work, go to his website, www.digitalpressimages.com.
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