Crumlin rider Stephen Thompson has been in action in the 2012 Isle of Man TT but so far it has been a tale of woe for the local man.
In the opening race of the week long race programme, he started of in 31st place on lap one of the Dainese Superbike TT race and was moving up to 25th place on the second lap but mechanical gremlins hit on lap three and that was the end of the six lap race for Thompson.
Luck was much better for Morecambe’s John McGuinness who made it 18 TT wins.
His woes continued on Monday in the second of his outings in the Royal London 360 Superstock TT, which was delayed until after tea time on Monday due to incidents before the roads closed on Monday morning. Again luck was still not with Thompson, when he started out in 28th place at the end of lap one, but unfortunately yet again the gremlins hit, forcing him out of the race which saw McGuinness take win number 18 ahead Michael Dunlop and Ryan Farquhar.
Thompson is back in action again in the Senior TT on Friday and also in the inaugural Lightweight (Supertwins) TT on Friday, where he will be hoping that he can finally get rid of the problems which have dogged him so far during the TT fortnight.
The next rounds (6&7) of the 2012 Irish Superbike Championship will take place next Saturday 9th June 2012 at Bishopscourt Racing Circuit just outside Downpatrick and promoted by the MotorCycle Road Racing Club of Ireland. The event had been in jeopardy of being cancelled last week as the credit crunch is taken its effects on motorcycle events in Ireland. The Club are pleased that the event is on and the championship can continue for all involved. The MCRRCI are looking for some of the recent hot weather to complement the hot racing expected next weekend. Saturday morning will have untimed and qualifying sessions from 9am for all race classes, Moto3, 650 Supertwins, Supersports, 250gp, ss400, Sidecars, Irish Superbikes & Superbike Cup competitors. Racing from 12.30pm and a prize presentation from 4.30pm for overall podium positions in the race classes. Irish Superbike Class has the best line up of Top Short Circuit specialists all out for Irish Superbike laurels including BSB competitors BJ Toal, Cody Nally, Denver Robb, David Haire, Nico Mawhinney and Mark Glasgow to name a few. Irish Superbike Cup class has front runner Steven Bloomer leading the field.
Kirk Jamison hopes to be in attendance although as a spectator after his recent accident were he sustained a broken back we wish him speedy recovery. Supersport class; David Haire, Carl Phillips, Jason Lynn, Timmy Elwood, Drew Jamison are all young guns of the class and will make this a close race. Supertwin Class; Marty Lennon, Andrew Irwin, Lee Wilson, Lee Hill, Brian Butler are the main contenders to date. Moto3 Class; Ciaran Donnelly along with the female competitors this year Karen Hadden, Melisa Kennedy and Stephen McAdoo has entered on the new Moto 3 GP machine. Supersport 400 Races will run concurrently with the Moto 3 class. It has Johnny McCay, Andy McAllister leading the way. 250GP incorporating D&GW 250 Championship; Barry Davidson, Richard Glasgow, Trevor Reid, Ciaran Donnelly, Nico Mawhinney. 250s will run concurrently with the Supertwin races. Sidecar class has Scobbie Killough/Brian Butler, Peter O’Neill/Jack Galligan and Karl Mullen/Anthony McDonnell leading the three wheel action.
The Circuit will be open for competitor set up from 6pm to 11pm Friday. Event Admission Adults £10 includes programme, children free accompanied by an adult.