Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Virtual Southern 100 Road Races 2020

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Ellan Vannin Fuels & G H Corlett 1000cc Race

Grid     No.          Rider                           Machine

1             1      Dean Harrison                1000 Silicone Engineering Kawasaki

The three-time Solo Champion holds the unique position of also being only the third rider to achieve this by way of a hat-trick of wins, 2017, 2018 & 2019. Dean is the second of the three riders this week to have two rides, in the 1000ccand the Solo Championship, he will once again be on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki machine for both races.

2             3      Michael Dunlop               1000 Tyco BMW Motorrad

The popular Ballymoney rider has to date 3 Solo Championships to his name and is one of only three riders in the invitation only meeting to have two rides.  For the 1000cc race, he has chosen the Tyco BMW Motorrad machine, but will be astride the 1000 Hawk Racing BMW for the Hunts Motorcycles Solo Championship race.

3             10   Ryan Kneen                         1000 Charmers Builders BMW

Part of the famous ‘Isle of Man Kneen Family’, Ryan has creating his own niche in Manx road racing with some impressive results on the Charmer Builders 1000 BMW, none more so that a dine second place in last year’s Hunts Motorcycles Solo Championship race. Not surprisingly he has chosen to rider the same machine in the opening race of this year’s series.

4             11    Mark Parrett                     1000 W / C C Ltd BMW

Another long-time competitor at the Southern 100, Millhurst rider Mark Parrett has been around since 2000 enjoying his racing around the Billown Course with reasonable success during the past 20 years, with an 11th place finish in the 2019 Solo Championship on the W/C C Ltd BMW, which he will ride in this week’s 1000cc race.

5             44   Rob Hodson                          1000 BMW

Another popular rider with race fans, Wigan’s Rob Hodson is making a name for himself at the July races with a number of top-six placings, most importantly a podium third in the 2019 Solo Championship on a 1000 BMW, which he has chosen to bring to line start line in the 1000cc race.

6             65    Michael Sweeney               1000 BMW

Skerries rider Michael Sweeney is a relative newcomer to the 4.25-mile Billown Course, but has certainly already made a lasting impression, notching up two podium places in last year’s Southern 100, along with a creditable 6th place in the prestigious Hunts Motorcycles Solo Championship race. Michael returns with his 1000 BMW to race in the opening events of this year’s series.

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