Having spoken to a local Road Racing star, there's a lot going on behind the scenes here. Many riders are saying that the course is unsuitable for big bikes, and that overtaking will be dangerous. No one knows how qualifying will take place as they're being set off in pairs, and faster riders may get held up. The plan for this Time Trial type even, will have the fast boys coming around to the line, as the slower ones at the back of the grid are still starting
Many of the top boys won't be attending since they have a big issue with one of the organisers who wrote some very insulting and personal comments about one racer on FB a couple of years ago. The promoters are still saying that John McGuiness will be riding ( they even told me this at the NEC bike show) when he has categorically stated to the local Road Racer, that he will be at the Llangollen Bike Fest being held on the same weekend and he's furious about his name being used like this (I've told my mate to bring him over to D11 for a hog roast on Sat evening😂) A lot of other racers will be busy loading their vans for the Ulster held the following week( and rebuilding their bikes after Oliver's Mount the previous weekend). I wish them well, but my initial excitement is a bit less now.