Today’s Superbike race at the Isle of Man was delayed by a streetbike accident at Brandywell. Apparently, The Island’s aggressive “Respect our Roads” campaign has had little impact on tourists, some of whom think they, too, are racing.
Highlights of the race? Lead changes, a legend penalized for a pit-lane speed violation and, eventually, a Honda sweep. After the first lap, Michael Dunlop was in front, and he never looked back, taking his fourth TT victory on the 30th anniversary of his Uncle Joey’s first win. Bearded Australian plumber Cameron Donald was second on a Wilson Craig Honda. Dunlop’s teammate, 19-time TT-winner John McGuinness, riding a Joey Dunlop-commemorative CBR1000RR, was third, despite incurring a 60-second pit-lane-speed penalty during one of his two stops.
In closing, I’d like to acknowledge Antonio Maeso, a photo of whom can be seen on my Day 7 blog. The Spanish rider hit a stone wall going through the Verandah section of the course, breaking his femur and shattering his knee cap. He underwent surgery at Nobles Hospital and will be okay.
Kevin Warren is a freelance photographer living in Atlanta, Georgia. To see more of his work, go to his website, http://www.digitalpressimages.com.
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