Doncaster man set for Isle of Man TT Race debut

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Doncaster motorcycle ace Mark Goodings is set to make his Isle of Man TT Road Race debut at this year’s event.

Goodings, 22, has been accepted by organisers to participate in the senior event as well as the Superbike, Superstock and Supersport in June.

The engineer from Carcroft, and his Mark Goodings Racing Team, enjoyed a successful 2014.

They placed an overall second at the Welsh Open, narrowly missing out on top spot.

Goodings also achieved his best lap time at the Isle of Man Southern 100, lapping at 106mph.

“I’m a bit nervous to be honest,” said Goodings.

“I’ve got motorcross coming up before then so that’s taking the pressure away a bit.

“It’s a different sort of event, it’s not a race as such, you’re on your own, ten seconds behind someone and ten seconds in front of someone else.

“It’s more like a tour through towns and villages with hedges and walls.

“They say it’s the most dangerous lap in the world, and one lap is 37.3 miles.

“It’s a big thing to get accepted to the event. Only the fastest 90 in the world get accepted.

“But it’s my first year there and to be honest I need to try and learn the pace. They say it takes three years to learn properly.

“I don’t want to go there and end up in a hedge, so I’ll look to go back next year and post good times in the future once I’ve experienced it.”

Goodings will be participating on his Kawasaki ZX10 stock and his Kawasaki ZX6 in the 96th Road Race.

The practice week for the TT Road Race begins on May 30, with the races taking place in the week commencing June 6.

The team would welcome sponsorship to help pay for tyres, fuel and other parts ahead of the upcoming event. Anyone interested can contact Mark on 07833 474930.

Goodings will also be competing in the North West 200 race in May, ahead of the TT Road Race.