All-Star Cast Set For Classic TT Lap Of Honor
Graeme Crosby (New Zealand)
Another rider to have a brief, but spectacular TT career, Crosby finished in fourth place at his first attempt in 1979 and he was immediately snapped up the factory Suzuki team. The next two years saw him rack up three wins, four podiums and become World F1 Champion in both 1980 and 1981. He was also only 0.8s adrift of the outright lap record when winning the 1981 Classic TT and will be on board an identical XR69 Suzuki to what he rode that day.
Phillip McCallen (Northern Ireland)
McCallen was very much the man to beat in the big bike classes at the TT during the 1990s and won 11 race wins during his career, including four in 1996 and three in 1997. The Northern Irishman will take part in the parade on board one of his race winning RC45 Honda’s.
Rob McElnea (England)
Like Crosby, McElnea only contested the TT for three years but his record is an almost exact replica with three wins and four podiums coming in two of those years, 1983 and 1984. The works Suzuki rider notched up Senior and Classic race wins before he embarked on a successful Grand Prix and then BSB managerial career. He’ll also be Suzuki XR69 mounted for the lap of honor.
Mick Grant (England)
A multiple British Champion, Grant rode for the factory Kawasaki, Honda and Suzuki teams during his career, winning no less than seven TTs, also taking the outright lap record along the way. The Yorkshire rider will contest the parade lap on board an MV Agusta, a move away from the machines he’s more synonymous with
Carl Fogarty (England)
Four times World Superbike Champion – and seven times World Champion in total – Fogarty needs little introduction to road race fans with the Blackburn rider having made his name at the Isle of Man TT before sweeping all before him on the World scene. Fogarty won three TT races in 1989 and 1990, including a Formula One-Senior double at the latter, and took seven podiums in total, firmly recognizing the part the island played in his success.
Ian Simpson (Scotland)
Scots ace Simpson was born into a racing family with his father Bill – who will also take part in the lap of honor – a former race winner. Ian was just 17 when he first tackled the Mountain Course at the 1987 Manx Grand Prix and he went on to become one of the best road racers of his generation with multiple wins at both the TT and North West 200. A complete all-rounder, he was also a multiple British Champion until injury cut short his career when still at the peak of his profession.