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PRIVATE,

Have you ever wondered what Boothy gets up to on his days off? No? Well we haven’t either but that’s not going to stop him telling us all about his experience as a privateer at this year’s Isle of Man TT.

THE ONLY PROBLEM WAS MY KAWASAKI ZX-10R WAS ALREADY VERY ‘USED’

Sometimes, both his wheels were inline.
IMAGES: GARY HARRISON – MANXMANIA COM, DAVID PURVES

THANKS TO:

Dunlop Tyres

R&G Racing

Rock Oil

Pipe Werx

Held

Shoei

Mish, George, Ian and Oatesy

My first experience at the Isle of Man TT was as a spectator and, I suppose, it was similar to that of most – frequented by sharp intakes of breath, elongated swearwords and disbelief. It was incredible, and I knew the second I saw the first bike fly past that I needed to have a go. So I did. Okay, it was five years later but that’s because in the early 2 010s I was writing more bikes off than Carole Nash in the British Superstock Championship (which was taking its toll on my body and my wallet). Come 2 016 , I’d learnt to stop crashing (you just go a bit slower) so I entered the TT. I had to prove to the organisers that I was committed to getting myself fully prepared by completing in at least six race days during the period leading up to the TT, as well as spending half a doz en weekends over there going round and round and round in a hire car learning the course, all of which I did. And the hard work paid off. My first TT was an awesome experience, lapping at 12 3mph on a BMW S1000RR and winning the Vernon Cooper award for the Fastest Newcomer.

Fast forward to this year, and after having had my 2 017 TT rug pulled from under me at the eleventh hour, I decided not to rely on other people to bring me a bike across. I thought I’d bring my own. The only problem with that was my Kawasaki Z X -10R was already very ‘used’, and there were more than a few of my close friends and acquaintances who’d suggested that the old ‘Ten’ was far too old and worn out to tackle the TT course on, most vocal of whom was my chief mechanic, George (who is also my dad). But what does he know? In 2 016 I raced a 600 too, which was great because it meant I got a few more laps in practice week to familiarise myself with the 37 .7 mile course, so I persuaded my mate Mish to lend me his Triumph Daytona 6 7 5 R. Perfect.

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