The Isle of Man TT is never short on drama, but in 2016, Avon-supported riders had more than their fair share of excitement, bringing home numerous top 10 finishes. Taking place from 28 May to 10 June, Avon Tyres was the only tyre manufacturer to have products in all classes supporting both solo and sidecar racers.
Avon Tyres dominated the sidecar races, earning top three finishes in both races. John Holden and Andy Winkle took the win in the first Sure sidecar race on the Saturday. The team took an early lead over Ben and Tom Birchall but the race was red-flagged before the first lap was completed. At the restart, the Birchalls set a cracking pace and took the lap record on lap two with a speed of 116.798 mph. Mechanical problems on the last lap however denied the brothers their fourth TT victory.
It was a family affair for the remaining podium positions with Pete Founds and Jevan Walmsley taking second place and Alan Founds, with passenger Aki Aalto, taking third place.
In the second Sure sidecar race, the Birchall brothers came through to take their fourth TT win, just ahead of Holden/Winkle, with Reeves/Farrance finishing off the top three.
In the solo races, Rob Hodson, on Avon’s new Xtreme Ultra race tyres, finished in 14th place in the Supersport race on the Suzuki GSX-R600. Hodson was later disqualified, after a technical inspection revealed he had unwittingly been using a non-standard engine that breached the class capacity limits. Nevertheless, the result showed the potential for Avon's high-performance sports tyres in this most competitive class.
In the hotly-contested Supertwin class, Avon riders again did well. Dan Cooper, not fully recovered from a massive crash at the North West 200 (where he sustained two dislocated shoulders), finished in sixth place in race one. Jamie Coward finished just one place behind in seventh, with another two riders in the top 20.
Avon Motorsport will return to the Isle of Man once again in August providing a factory service for racers competing in the Classic TT and the Manx Grand Prix. Avon will be looking to increase on its three victories from last year.