Four Solo Champions Return
The current and three former Solo Champions head a full entry list for the 68th Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Southern 100 Road Races 2023.
2022 Champion Davey Todd returns with the Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles Honda machines, hoping to emulate his success of twelve months ago.
However, two former winners with six championships between them will be wanting to get their hands on the coveted silverware again. Championship winner in 2017, 2018 and 2019 Dean Harrison on the DAO Kawasaki and 2016, 2012 and 2011 title holder Michael Dunlop on the Hawk Racing Honda on their recent form will be ensuring the current Solo Champion doesn’t have it all his own way!
It certainly won’t be a ‘three horse’ race, with close neighbour to Dean Harrison, Jamie Coward on the KTS Racing Honda on good form and could spoil the trios’ ambitions. As could Burrows Engineering/RK Racing rider Mike Browne, add in Dominic Herbertson on the Dafabet Racing’s Kawasaki and Ulsterman Paul Jordan on the Prez Racing Yamaha and SMT Racing Rob Hodson on another of the Fireblades and the promise of some close racing action is guaranteed.
Whilst both Michael Sweeney and Nathan Harrison are returning to action after injury earlier in the season, they cannot be ruled out of joining in the midst of the action as they get dialled in.
Local riders, Joe Yeardsley, Marcus Simpson, Paul Cassidy, Jamie Williams, and Marc Colvin will also make their presence felt during the three days of racing action.
The cream of the ‘road racing family’ will be based in the Billown Paddock, all looking forward to the challenges of the 4.25-mile course, renewing rivalry and setting their own targets with a total of fifteen races which includes thirty-five newcomers looking forward to experiencing the joys and tribulations of racing around the Colas Billown Course.
The action commences on Monday evening 10th July between 6.05pm and 9.40pm with practice and continues on Tuesday with final practice, plus two races commencing at 8.00pm. Wednesday has four races, whilst Thursday, Championship Day the morning session between 9.30am and 12.45pm five races are to be run and finally between 1.30pm and 4.45pm four races including the two feature races, the Solo and Sidecar Championships.
The Southern 100 concludes with an Open-Air Prize Presentation in the Market Square from 8.30pm.
Further information can be found on the official website: www.southern100.com