Isle of Man TT ace John McGuinness has given an Avon Tyres-shod Paton racing motorcycle a thorough shake-down test on the legendary island course ahead of this year’s Classic TT, in which Avon will supply tyres to a wide range of competitors.
The rider from Morecambe took the machine, which was fitted with AM22 Avon race tyres, for a lap of the island’s Mountain Course during the modern TT event to publicise the forthcoming Classic TT. McGuinness will ride the bike – which is owned by Roger Winfield and has won the Classic race at the Manx GP previously – during the main 500cc Classic TT race on Saturday 24 August.
The event is an eagerly-awaited one with entries being well oversubscribed. Other highlights will include New Zealander Bruce Anstey parading the rare and exotic Britten V-twin race machine, which was designed and built by his compatriot, the late John Britten. It is hoped that many of the front-running machines will opt for Avon Tyres, as they currently dominate in classic racing in the UK.
Steve Smith, Sales Manager for Avon Tyres Motorsport, said that McGuinness’s lap on the Avon-shod Paton was one of the highlights of a successful Isle of Man TT for Avon Tyres.
Smith said, “John’s ride really capped a fantastic Isle of Man TT for us which was blessed with superb weather during race week and the racing was superb, too! We are really looking forward to seeing John compete at the Classic TT on the AM22-shod Paton in August.”
In both sidecar races at this year’s Isle of Man TT races, Avon-shod outfits dominated. Both races were won by Avon runners: Tim Reeves and Dan Sayle in the first race and Ben and Tom Birchall taking their maiden TT win in the second event.
The Classic TT takes place on the Isle of Man from 23-26 August.