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 Kneen back to the Manx

Norman Kneen Norman Kneen was entered in the TT this year for the first time in his long career. However, with the event being cancelled he has the option to return to the Manx; an event he has enjoyed much success in although never actually winning.

Over the last few years, Norman has ridden for Mike and Alan Kelly's Lloyds TSB / Mannin Collections team on their immaculate 125 Honda, twice finishing on the Manx Grand Prix rostrum. He was due to ride one of their machines at the TT also, however he won't be riding for them at this year's Grand Prix.

Instead he will pilot a 2000 RS250 Honda purchased by another well-known local sponsor, Eric Bregazzi. He feels that the 125cc machines are now uncompetitive in the Manx Grand Prix Ultra Lightweight class against the more powerful 400cc machines.
Bob Dowty will now take over the Lloyds TSB 125 Honda, however Norman hopes to back aboard it for the 2002 TT.

This years Manx Grand Prix will be the first time Norman has ridden a 250 around the Mountain Course since 1992. He was aboard a Snape and Rome 250 Yamaha then, but he failed to finish in that years Junior and Lightweight races. His fastest lap to date on a 250 is 107mph which he knows would not be good enough to make the Lightweight rostrum, however he is more than capable of improving on that speed and maybe even beating his all time fastest Manx Grand Prix lap of 111.67mph which was recorded on a standard 600 Kawasaki in 1998.

Eric Bregazzi has supplied the machine and other support has been received from Mike Holt at Kirk Michael Motors, German TT fan Peter Buchberger, Pete Holland at GH Motor Services in North Staffordshire, well known marshal John 'Dog' Callister, Norman's neighbour George Steven's and last but not lease Rob and Jimmy from Heatcall.

Norman will certainly be a man to look out for at the 2001 Manx Grand Prix and a rostrum finish is certainly within his grasp in the Lightweight race.

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