Photographer Kevin Warren lends his talents to Motorcycle USA for the 2012 Isle of Man TT. After a blustery North West 200, our contributor arrived at the Isle and set about capturing the scene before the racing begins in full next next. Included in Warren's pics is an exclusive shot of the new Norton race bike, the historic British marque making its return to the TT. - Motorcycle USA Ed
Spectators have arrived at the Isle of Man to take in this year's TT races. Photographer Kevin Warren is there capturing the TT action on and off the track for MotoUSA.
Arriving to the 2012 Isle of Man TT wasn't without a hiccup or two. That means there was fog at the Isle of Man airport requiring back to back cancelled flights and an unexpected layover in Dublin, my connection point to the IOM. No worry, the Temple Bar district is a welcome respite for a stranded traveler.
A day late I arrived at my hotel, The Claremont, on the Promenade in the host city Douglas, Isle of Man. The staff is familiar and welcoming on a first named basis, almost as if we are family and I've just been away on holiday - although it's several months now since my last visit in September.
Michael Dunlop gets to work in the
McAdoo pits, working on exhaust and
laying down the pit subfloor.
The first day at the TT Grandstand was a time to check in with the media center and venture out into the paddock area where the teams are setting up their trailers, if they're a large factory team, and in the case of some of the smaller privateers a tent.
This is a good time to say hello again to racers I'd just seen at the Northwest 200 the week before in Northern Ireland. James Hillier is relaxing with his crew and awaiting the arrival of the E-Bike he'll be running in this years TT-XGP race. A bike he's yet to ride and must get in some time aboard over on the other side of the Isle at the Jurby test track. Jurby is used by many teams and riders to check on setups and test any changes they've made before venturing out onto the TT circuit known as The Mountain Course.
Gary Johnson whom I'd seen at the 2011 Laguna Seca MotoGP races in the U.S. has yet to arrive in addition to the Honda Legends trailer as well as a few others. Overall it's a quiet day at the Isle of Man TT with the first round of "New Comer" practice session set to begin tomorrow evening, Saturday the 26th of May. The biggest thing I saw happening on this day was the very large widescreen television in John McGuinness's motorhome keeping the TT legend busy and relaxed.
Kevin also snuck a peek at the new Norton TT race bike, managing to snap off a few shots of the British machine with its fairing removed. The 1000cc V-Four machine will be piloted by Ian Mackman in the Senior TT.