The Straightliners Events run Ramsey Sprint was witnessed by a huge crowd stretching the full length of the prom on both days. After an initial spell of rain the competition hotted up in the classes. No riders managed to join the '5 second club' this year. There was a huge crowd three deep the full length of the 1/4 mile long prom. The event attracted hundreds of bikers filling the motorcycle bike park was and thousands of spectators filled the town. As well as the Ramsey Sprint power, speed and noise many people were drawn to more than 30 trader stalls. One of the high points was a visit by Keith Flint, front man with the Prodigy. Also on site signing autographs were TT riders Jamie Coward and Lee Johnston. The overall number of competitors over the two days 164 - 73 Sunday and 91 Tuesday. Fastest on Tuesday was Phil Wood 6.09sec at 128mph on a Suzuki Hyabusa Turbo. He beat local rider Gary Leach who ran a 6.09sec at 127mph.
Big crowds have turned & lots of bikes lined up to compete in the Straightliners 'Ramsey Sprint' at the Isle of Man TT. (Photo Lulu Kearsley)
Michael Austin, Team Leg- End, was the first rider of the day to dip under seven seconds. Mike, who has a prosthetic left leg, rode his Kawasaki ZZR1400 to an eventual 6.82secs giving him 3rd place in Street legal Unlimited class. Alan Tinnion, running R6 Yamaha and ZX6R Kawasaki, took 2 class wins. Both under 7secs 6.61 on the Yamaha and 6.69 on the Kawasaki. The top five riders in the Street legal Unlimited class ran times under 7secs they were Andrew King, Mally Wallis, Mike Austin, Kevin Dunton and Paul Waycott . Kevin Dunton and Paul Waycott, both riding Suzuki "B" Kings, ran best times within 5/100ths of each other 6.91 and 6.96 both at 113mph.
Brothers and first time visitors to the I.O.M and Straightliners Ramsey Sprint, Jim and Ian Cross, on near identical and immaculately turned out GSXR 500cc Suzukis ran 6.81 and 6.98 to take 1st and 2nd in class. There were two women riders, Louise Cotterill and Diane "Moonwitch" Pitt. Smallest machine was the 1970 Honda PF 49cc of Sean Booth. The world's fastest mobility scooter of Matt Hine, 107mph, managed a 8.08secs at 87mph. Tom Anable on the monowheel managed 20.26 at 36mph. Youngest rider was four year old George Wilk on his electric Oset, with dad running alongside, did a run in 49.56secs .
Going & coming at the Straightliners 'Ramsey Sprint' at the Isle of Man TT. (Photo Lulu Kearsley)
1. Up to 500cc - First time visitors to the I.O.M, brothers Jim and Ian Cross, soon had the near identical GSXR500s dialled in to the Ramsey course both riders running in the 6s. Jim winning the class with a 6.81sec at 102mph to Ian 6.98s at 103.
2. Up to 750cc - Impressive as ever, and again running 6s, Alan Tinnion on his R6 took top honours with a 6.61sec at 113mph Keith Laker in 2nd on 7.19 at 103 with his supercharged 750 Kawasaki.
3. Unlimited - Paul Callow won running 6.63 at 114
4. Vintage - The battle was between two 78 year old bikes. Stuart Harvey at the end of the day gave his all on the Triumph Tiger 80 to just edge out Sid Ormrods Rudge 10.05 to 10.15
5. Sidecar - Trevor Duckworth, with the air shifter behaving itself, ran a best 8.34 at 87
6. Street legal up to 600cc - A pair of Kawasakis took the honours in this class Alan Tinnion once again top dog on his ZX6R 6.69 at 109 and Chris Lee 2nd with 7.75 at 97
7. Street legal up to 900cc - A really close fought class saw Benjamin Rainbow, 750 Suzuki,beating John Bullough ,900 Kawasaki, 7.00 to 7.03
8. Street legal unlimited - The biggest class of the day with 41 riders. Andrew King riding his Hyabusa to No1 spot 6.49 at 118 to similarly mounted Mally Wallis 6.78 at 109.
9. Supersaturate - Gary Leach carried on from his Sunday session again posting a 6.09sec run at 127mph but Phil Wood just pipped him with a 6.09 at 128 incredibly just 1mph the winning margin.
10. Fastest woman award went to Louise Cotterill with a 7.34 sec.
11. Fastest Manx award went to Gary Leach
A big thanks to all the crew and medical staff.
Written by Paul Cumpstone.