The last time we visited the fearsome Isle of Man TT course in our Flat-Out and Fearless… series it was to witness the truly astonishing duel between Steve Hislop and Carl Fogarty in 1992. Today we’re looking back only as far as last year and a very different type of duel between Guy Martin and Michael Dunlop.
Like the Hislop/Fogarty battle, which resulted in a famous win for the Scotsman and for Norton, this scrap was played out during the Superbike race. It differs dramatically though from the 1992 footage because here the two protagonists are sharing the same section of blacktop.
We ride on-board with everyone’s favourite Scania mechanic, Guy Martin, as he leaves the pits on his Suzuki GSX-R 1000 not far behind the BMW S1000RR of Michael Dunlop. The Lincolnshire man soon catches the BMW with the pair on cold tyres, and then sets about getting past. Although, as has been pointed out many times in motorsport: catching is one thing, but getting past is quite another.
What ensues is 37.73 miles of high-speed, close proximity racing which would challenge even the most hardened speed freak as to whether they really fancy a piece of this action. It’s as impressive as it is terrifying; the bikes often reaching the neighbourhood of 200mph and sometimes are only feet apart and with the front wheel lofted as they do so.
Thanks to Duke Video for providing the thrills. At 17:33 it’s one of our longer video shares, but if time constraints mean you can’t savour the whole thing, don’t worry, the first two minutes alone will do. Just be sure that your jaw doesn’t come slamming down on your keyboard!