SA road racer AJ Venter narrowly misses podium at Isle of Man TT

The Isle of Man TT is the ultimate ‘must see it’ event for motorsport fans across the globe.


The United Kingdom – Road racer AJ Venter, the only South African to enter the 2019 Isle of Man TT (IOMTT), finished up in 5th place in the Electric Bike category after a challenging time-trial based 24th place start.

The Isle of Man TT or Tourist Trophy races are an annual motorcycle sport event run on the Isle of Man in May/June of most years since its inaugural race in 1907 and is often called one of the most dangerous racing events in the world.

The Isle of Man TT is run in a time-trial format on public roads closed to the public by an Act of Tynwald (the parliament of the Isle of Man). The event consists of one week of practice sessions followed by one week of racing. It has been a tradition, perhaps started by racing competitors in the early 1920s, for spectators to tour the Snaefell Mountain Course on motorcycles during the Isle of Man TT on “Mad Sunday”, an informal and unofficial sanctioned event held on the Sunday between ‘Practice Week’ and ‘Race Week’.

SA road racer AJ Venter narrowly misses podium at Isle of Man TT

The first Isle of Man TT race was held on Tuesday 28 May 1907 and was called the International Auto-Cycle Tourist Trophy. The event was organised by the Auto-Cycle Club over 10 laps of the Isle of Man St John’s Short Course of 15 miles 1,470 yards for road-legal ‘touring’ motorcycles with exhaust silencers, saddles, pedals and mudguards.

Fitted with Dunlop D213 GP Pro racing slicks, Venter said, “Having confidence in the tyres was pivotal to my performance, allowing me to brake as late as possible, and get back on the gas even earlier. This saw me making a few really good moves on the breaks and coming out of corners.”

The TT, known as one of the most dangerous public road racing events in the world, was held earlier this month. Dunlop tyres were the most successful tyre this year with five race wins and 12 podiums. The road-legal D213 GP Pro slick, with its fast warm-up time, gave riders the confidence to set new lap records.

Venter says. “I was simply blown away by the Dunlop D213 GP Pro on the road. It is really a superb tyre that I am very happy to put my name to.”

Sources: AJ Venter | Dunlop 
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