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

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Hunts Motorcycles Solo Championship 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             1                            Guy Martin                        1000 Tyco BMW Motorrad Racing

The second man to achieve a hat-trick of Solo Championship win in 2013, 2014 & 2015, Guy Martin has a total of 4 Championship win, taking his first in 2009, with a total tally of 13 wins in all.

Perhaps now more famous as a TV personality, Guy is making a one-off return to the Colas Billown Course, riding a 1000 Tyco BMW Motorrad Racing machine, he last rode to victory in 2015 in the 2020 Solo Championship Race.

3             3                            Joey Dunlop MBE, OBE        Honda RC45

Six Solo Championships to his name, the first rider to achieve a hat-trick of Championship wins, 1976, 1977 & 1978. Will the Honda UK RC45 see a repeat of the magnificent victory in 1999?

4             1                            Ian Lougher                       1000 Blackhorse Honda

Ulster – Welshman Ian Lougher, currently holds the record for the most Southern 100 race wins – 32, which includes five coveted Solo Championships.

Ian’s first race was at Billown was in 1983, riding a Rat Cowles 350 Yamaha he finished 10th in the Junior race.

Although now officially retired from racing, the unassuming rider has been tempted to adorn his leathers once again to ride the 1000 Blackhorse Yamaha he rode to victory in the 2008 Solo Championship. Will the wily Ulster/Welshman be first to take the flag again? The fans will get a second chance recall his prowess on two-stroke machinery, as he also has a 250 Barnes Racing Honda, he last raced to victory at the Southern 100 in 2009, where he starts from Pole position.

5             1                            Jason Griffiths                  1000 Morris Honda

Ramsey Welshman Jason Griffiths followed in his father, Selwyn’s tyre-tread in securing a coveted Southern 100 Solo Championship and went on to win a further two during his ‘friendly races’ career. For this Solo Championship race he returns on the 1000ccMorris Honda that took him to victory in 1997.

6             3                            Michael Dunlop               1000 Hawk Racing BMW

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.

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