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Increased TT Interest 8 April 2004

Final entry totals have now been compiled and show increased interest in taking part in the TT Races. The numbers are 106 up on 2003, 85 of which are in the Senior, which was not included last time, making a nett increase of 21. This year there are a total of 572 accepted entries over the eight classes. In 2003 there were 465 accepted entries, the Senior numbers not then being included as entries were placed by invitation after Practice Week speeds had been analysed.

This year's 1000cc Production has 89 accepted entries (79 in 2003), the 600cc Junior 86 (83), the Senior TT 85 (n/a), 600cc Production 84 (77), Sidecars 79 (73), Formula One 75 (78), 400cc Lightweight 52 (47) and the 125cc Ultra Lightweight 22 (28).

All last year's winners are competing, with the lap record holders from four of the classes included. Dave Molyneux holds the sidecar mark at 112.76mph from 1999, Chris Palmer the 125cc at 110.40mph from last year, Ryan Farquhar the 600cc Junior at 122.30mph last year, and Ian Lougher the 600cc Production at 120.25mph from 2002.

A number of foreign entries have been added to the lists for this year's event. The stars are 2001 World Sidecar Champions Klaus Klaffenbock and Christian Parzer, who hope to use a Dave Molyneux-chassis outfit currently being sourced in Europe.

Commenting on the strength of the 2004 entry, TT Co-Ordinating Committee Chairman Mr David Cretney MHK, Isle of Man Minister of Tourism and Leisure, said:

"We are very pleased with the entry, which is one of the strongest for many years and represents a substantial vote in favour of the changes we have introduced. The strong French entry is particularly pleasing. We have been targeting France for some years but, as always, such efforts take time to produce a return."

Among foreign latecomers are the two Argentinians who have added sparkle to recent TT's Walter Cordoba and David Paredes, along with regulars Toni Rechberger (Austria), Claude Montagnier (France) and Dirk Kaletsch (Germany). Foreign newcomers include Antonio Miranda (Spain), Karsten Schmidt (Germany), Alex Tori-Mori (USA) and Scott Crews (USA).

With the addition of Spain and Argentina, the total of nations now represented has increased to 14, with France easily leading the way if the numbers from the host nation the Isle of Man are not included. The French have solo riders and sidecar crews a-plenty, with their first female Fabienne Migout certain to attract plenty of attention. The 29-year-old project leader finished 12th in the French Ducati Cup last year, but will ride Kawasakis in her TT debut. She has been shown the course by Stephane Coutelle of Moto Journal.

A total of 13 female competitors are entered, though Maria Costello is now struggling to find machines, having split with her intended sponsors Stamford Superbikes. Other solo ladies include Anita Buxton, and Fabienne Migout. Sidecar passengers are Fiona Baker-Milligan, Helen Howard, Julie Downey, Sylvie Leblond, Rachel Norbury-Lea, Deborah Salter, Sally Wilson and Christine Bluuk. Ruth Laidlow and Helen Sutherland hope to become the first all-female partnership to finish a Sidecar TT.

Top solo stars include Adrian Archibald, John McGuinness, Bruce Anstey, Ian Lougher, Ryan Farquhar, Chris Palmer, Martin Finnegan, Richard Britton, Mark Parrett, Gordon Blackley, Johnny Barton, Jim Hodson, Paul Hunt and Roy Richardson. In the sidecars, Dave Molyneux and Daniel Sayle head the ranks, with Ian Bell and Craig Hallam and Nick Crowe and Darren Hope, Roy Hanks and Dave Wells, Ben Dixon and Mark Lambert, Tony Baker and Mark Hegarty and, of course, now added, Klaffenbock and Parzer.

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