Living the Isle of Man TT, in pictures

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The Isle of Man TT remains one of a kind. A dying breed of gladiatorial races where safety trails spectacle. What occurs during these two weeks stands as one of the most fascinating, mind-blowing acts of sporting heroism ever.

4th June 1950: Artie Bell jumps over a hump-back bridge on his Norton during the 1950 Isle of Man TT Races. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
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4th June 1950: Artie Bell jumps over a hump-back bridge on his Norton during the 1950 Isle of Man TT Races. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
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Houses and hotel accommodations along the front of Douglas harbour, Douglas Isle Of Man July 1982. (RDImages/Epics/Getty Images)
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Houses and hotel accommodations along the front of Douglas harbour, Douglas Isle Of Man July 1982. (RDImages/Epics/Getty Images)
KIRK MICHAEL, ISLE OF MAN, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 1: Michael Thompson and Bruce Moore exit Kirk Michael during Practice of the Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) Races June 1, 2007 in Kirk Michael, in Isle of Man, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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KIRK MICHAEL, ISLE OF MAN, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 1: Michael Thompson and Bruce Moore exit Kirk Michael during Practice of the Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) Races June 1, 2007 in Kirk Michael, in Isle of Man, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 12: Isle of man 1998, 12.06.98; Creg-ny-Baa (Photo by Frank Peters/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 12: Isle of man 1998, 12.06.98; Creg-ny-Baa (Photo by Frank Peters/Bongarts/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 12: MOTORRAD: ISLE OF MAN 1998 Tourist Trophy 12.06.98, DOUGLAS - Hauptstadt von Isle of Man (Photo by Frank Peters/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 12: MOTORRAD: ISLE OF MAN 1998 Tourist Trophy 12.06.98, DOUGLAS - Hauptstadt von Isle of Man (Photo by Frank Peters/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Fishing and pleasure boats in the village of Port St Mary, Isle Of Man. (Photo by RDImages/Epics/Getty Images)
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Fishing and pleasure boats in the village of Port St Mary, Isle Of Man. (Photo by RDImages/Epics/Getty Images)
7th June 1950: R H Dale, riding an AJS motorcycle takes to the air on Ballaugh Bridge during the Isle of Man Junior TT. (Photo by Don Price/Fox Photos/Getty Images)
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7th June 1950: R H Dale, riding an AJS motorcycle takes to the air on Ballaugh Bridge during the Isle of Man Junior TT. (Photo by Don Price/Fox Photos/Getty Images)
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A coastal view of Port Erin and Bradda Head, Isle Of Man. (Photo by RDImages/Epics/Getty Images)
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A coastal view of Port Erin and Bradda Head, Isle Of Man. (Photo by RDImages/Epics/Getty Images)
6th June 1957: German racing driver Hillebrand (No 28) winning the Sidecar International TT Race on the Isle of Man. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
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6th June 1957: German racing driver Hillebrand (No 28) winning the Sidecar International TT Race on the Isle of Man. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
RAMSEY, ISLE OF MAN, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 31: John McGuinness of England and Stephen Herper rides during practice for the 2007 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) races on May 31, 2007 in Ramsey, Isle of Man, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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RAMSEY, ISLE OF MAN, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 31: John McGuinness of England and Stephen Herper rides during practice for the 2007 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) races on May 31, 2007 in Ramsey, Isle of Man, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
A general view of the rooftops of Port Erin a village on the south of the Isle of Man. (RDImages/Epics/Getty Images)
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A general view of the rooftops of Port Erin a village on the south of the Isle of Man. (RDImages/Epics/Getty Images)
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 11/6/2010: Ian Hutchinson (Padgett's Honda) wheelies through Union Mills on his way to victory in the Senior TT today, a record fifth win of the week. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 11/6/2010: Ian Hutchinson (Padgett's Honda) wheelies through Union Mills on his way to victory in the Senior TT today, a record fifth win of the week. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
July 1912: S L Bailey falls from his 2.75 Douglas at Hairpin Corner during the Isle of Man Senior Tourist Trophy Race. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
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July 1912: S L Bailey falls from his 2.75 Douglas at Hairpin Corner during the Isle of Man Senior Tourist Trophy Race. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
4th August 1951: Contestants in the Douglas Bathing Beauty Competition on the Isle of Man, with the winner, Jean Stansfield (right). Original Publication: Picture Post - 5375 - Beauty Show - Pub. 1951 (Photo by George Douglas/Picture Post/Getty Images)
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4th August 1951: Contestants in the Douglas Bathing Beauty Competition on the Isle of Man, with the winner, Jean Stansfield (right). Original Publication: Picture Post - 5375 - Beauty Show - Pub. 1951 (Photo by George Douglas/Picture Post/Getty Images)
General view of the action during the Isle of Man TT Races on the Isle of Man, Great Britain. Credit: Ian Walton /Allsport
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General view of the action during the Isle of Man TT Races on the Isle of Man, Great Britain. Credit: Ian Walton /Allsport
General view of the action during the Isle of Man TT Races on the Isle of Man, Great Britain. Credit: Ian Walton /Allsport
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General view of the action during the Isle of Man TT Races on the Isle of Man, Great Britain. Credit: Ian Walton /Allsport
Close-up of a nitrus injection can, fitted to a bike for the Ramsey Sprint during the Isle of Man TT Races on the Isle of Man, Great Britain. Credit: Ian Walton /Allsport
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Close-up of a nitrus injection can, fitted to a bike for the Ramsey Sprint during the Isle of Man TT Races on the Isle of Man, Great Britain. Credit: Ian Walton /Allsport
RANSEY, ISLE OF MAN - MAY 31: (29) John Burrows in action at the Gooseneck during Practice of the Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) Races on May 31, 2007 in Ramsey Isle of MAn. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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RANSEY, ISLE OF MAN - MAY 31: (29) John Burrows in action at the Gooseneck during Practice of the Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) Races on May 31, 2007 in Ramsey Isle of MAn. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
28th June 1912: H Petty on a 2.5 Singer takes Ballig Bridge during the Isle of Man Junior Tourist Trophy Race. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
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28th June 1912: H Petty on a 2.5 Singer takes Ballig Bridge during the Isle of Man Junior Tourist Trophy Race. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 4/6/2009: Ian Hutchinson (Padgett's Honda) leads Carl Rennie through St Ninian's Crossroads during final practice for the Isle of Man TT. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 4/6/2009: Ian Hutchinson (Padgett's Honda) leads Carl Rennie through St Ninian's Crossroads during final practice for the Isle of Man TT. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
General view of the Ramsey Hairpin during the Isle of Man TT Races on the Isle of Man, Great Britain. Credit: Ian Walton /Allsport
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General view of the Ramsey Hairpin during the Isle of Man TT Races on the Isle of Man, Great Britain. Credit: Ian Walton /Allsport
A motorbike fan with an image of the Isle of Man's Coat of Arms, the 'Three Legs' dyed on his head sits on the promenade in Peel, Isle Of Man. The annual TT race is one of the highlights of the motorbike racing calender with fans travelling from around the globe to watch riders compete in the 37 and three quarter mile lap exceeding speeds of 200mph. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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A motorbike fan with an image of the Isle of Man's Coat of Arms, the 'Three Legs' dyed on his head sits on the promenade in Peel, Isle Of Man. The annual TT race is one of the highlights of the motorbike racing calender with fans travelling from around the globe to watch riders compete in the 37 and three quarter mile lap exceeding speeds of 200mph. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Peel, Isle Of Man.
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Peel, Isle Of Man.
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Peel, Isle Of Man.
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Peel, Isle Of Man.
2/6/2012 PACEMAKER PRESS. Race winner John McGuinness at Ballaugh during the opening TT superbike race. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
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2/6/2012 PACEMAKER PRESS. Race winner John McGuinness at Ballaugh during the opening TT superbike race. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Isle of man, Douglas (Photo by Frank Peters/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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Isle of man, Douglas (Photo by Frank Peters/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Douglas promenade (Photo by Frank Peters/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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Douglas promenade (Photo by Frank Peters/Bongarts/Getty Images)
6th June 1936: Irish motorcycling champion Stanley Woods, riding a Norton, on the track during the Junior Tourist Trophy Race on the Isle of Man, which he won. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
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6th June 1936: Irish motorcycling champion Stanley Woods, riding a Norton, on the track during the Junior Tourist Trophy Race on the Isle of Man, which he won. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 5/6/2010: Ian Hutchinson steers the Padgett's Honda past Creg Ny Baa on his way to winning the Superbike TT on the Isle of Man. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 5/6/2010: Ian Hutchinson steers the Padgett's Honda past Creg Ny Baa on his way to winning the Superbike TT on the Isle of Man. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
Boozing before the race, Douglas, Isle Of Man.
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Boozing before the race, Douglas, Isle Of Man.
RAMSEY, ISLE OF MAN, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 31: Ian Lougher of Wales rides during practice for the 2007 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) races on May 31, 2007 in Ramsey, Isle of Man, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ian Lougher
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RAMSEY, ISLE OF MAN, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 31: Ian Lougher of Wales rides during practice for the 2007 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) races on May 31, 2007 in Ramsey, Isle of Man, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ian Lougher
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Douglas, Isle Of Man.
RRAMSEY, ISLE OF MAN - JUNE 05: The shore off Ramsey catches the evening light in the distance as a competitor rides during a practice session on June 5, 2009 on the Isle Of Man, United Kingdom. Adverse weather conditions prevented the much anticipated Superbike race from taking place on Saturday and, depending on the rain, may be off all weekend. The annual TT race is one of the highlights of the motorbike racing calender with fans travelling from around the globe to watch riders compete in the 37 and three quarter mile lap exceeding speeds of 200mph. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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RRAMSEY, ISLE OF MAN - JUNE 05: The shore off Ramsey catches the evening light in the distance as a competitor rides during a practice session on June 5, 2009 on the Isle Of Man, United Kingdom. Adverse weather conditions prevented the much anticipated Superbike race from taking place on Saturday and, depending on the rain, may be off all weekend. The annual TT race is one of the highlights of the motorbike racing calender with fans travelling from around the globe to watch riders compete in the 37 and three quarter mile lap exceeding speeds of 200mph. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
QRAMSEY, ISLE OF MAN - JUNE 05: The town of Ramsey catches the evening light in the distance as a competitor rides during a practice session on June 5, 2009 on the Isle Of Man, United Kingdom. Adverse weather conditions prevented the much anticipated Superbike race from taking place on Saturday and, depending on the rain, may be off all weekend. The annual TT race is one of the highlights of the motorbike racing calender with fans travelling from around the globe to watch riders compete in the 37 and three quarter mile lap exceeding speeds of 200mph. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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QRAMSEY, ISLE OF MAN - JUNE 05: The town of Ramsey catches the evening light in the distance as a competitor rides during a practice session on June 5, 2009 on the Isle Of Man, United Kingdom. Adverse weather conditions prevented the much anticipated Superbike race from taking place on Saturday and, depending on the rain, may be off all weekend. The annual TT race is one of the highlights of the motorbike racing calender with fans travelling from around the globe to watch riders compete in the 37 and three quarter mile lap exceeding speeds of 200mph. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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Douglas, Isle Of Man.
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A motorbike fan walks along the promenade in Peel, Isle Of Man. The annual TT race is one of the highlights of the motorbike racing calender with fans travelling from around the globe to watch riders compete in the 37 and three quarter mile lap exceeding speeds of 200mph. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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A motorbike fan walks along the promenade in Peel, Isle Of Man. The annual TT race is one of the highlights of the motorbike racing calender with fans travelling from around the globe to watch riders compete in the 37 and three quarter mile lap exceeding speeds of 200mph. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
A man dressed as Sylvester the cat rides a motorbike along Douglas promenade in Douglas, Isle Of Man (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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A man dressed as Sylvester the cat rides a motorbike along Douglas promenade in Douglas, Isle Of Man (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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Douglas, Isle Of Man.
28th June 1912: Ed Kickham finishing first at the Isle of Man Junior Tourist Trophy Race. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
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28th June 1912: Ed Kickham finishing first at the Isle of Man Junior Tourist Trophy Race. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
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Douglas, Isle Of Man.
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 4/6/2009: Steve Plater bottoms out the HM Plant Honda at Barregarrow during practice for the Isle of Man TT. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 4/6/2009: Steve Plater bottoms out the HM Plant Honda at Barregarrow during practice for the Isle of Man TT. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
28th June 1912: H J Cox on a 2.75 Forward rounds Ballacraine Corner during the Isle of Man Junior Tourist Trophy Race. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
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28th June 1912: H J Cox on a 2.75 Forward rounds Ballacraine Corner during the Isle of Man Junior Tourist Trophy Race. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
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RAMSEY, ISLE OF MAN, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 31: A marshal holds out a flag to warn the passing racers during practice for the 2007 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) races on May 31, 2007 in Ramsey, Isle of Man, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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RAMSEY, ISLE OF MAN, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 31: A marshal holds out a flag to warn the passing racers during practice for the 2007 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) races on May 31, 2007 in Ramsey, Isle of Man, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
RAMSEY, ISLE OF MAN - JUNE 08: Ian Lougher in action during the senior race in the Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) Races on June 8, 2007 in Isle of Man. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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RAMSEY, ISLE OF MAN - JUNE 08: Ian Lougher in action during the senior race in the Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) Races on June 8, 2007 in Isle of Man. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
10/6/2011. Pacemaker Press Intl. Isle of Man TT Superbike winner John McGuinness lifts as he approaches Kate's Cottage during the Senior race. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
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10/6/2011. Pacemaker Press Intl. Isle of Man TT Superbike winner John McGuinness lifts as he approaches Kate's Cottage during the Senior race. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 2/6/2009; Conor Cummins (McAdoo Kawasaki) leaps Ballaugh Bridge during practice for the Isle of Man TT. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 2/6/2009; Conor Cummins (McAdoo Kawasaki) leaps Ballaugh Bridge during practice for the Isle of Man TT. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
RAMSEY, ISLE OF MAN - JUNE 08: John McGuinnes in action during the senior race in the Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) Races on June 8, 2007 in Isle of Man. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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RAMSEY, ISLE OF MAN - JUNE 08: John McGuinnes in action during the senior race in the Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) Races on June 8, 2007 in Isle of Man. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
RAMSEY, ISLE OF MAN - JUNE 06: Thomas Montano in action through Guthries during the PokerStars TT Supersport Junior race at the Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) Races on June 6, 2007 in Isle of Man. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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RAMSEY, ISLE OF MAN - JUNE 06: Thomas Montano in action through Guthries during the PokerStars TT Supersport Junior race at the Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) Races on June 6, 2007 in Isle of Man. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
KIRK MICHAEL, ISLE OF MAN - JUNE 01: Bob Collins in action as he exit's Kirk Michael during Practice of the Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) Races on Jun 1, 2007 in Isle of Man. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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KIRK MICHAEL, ISLE OF MAN - JUNE 01: Bob Collins in action as he exit's Kirk Michael during Practice of the Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) Races on Jun 1, 2007 in Isle of Man. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
KIRK MICHAEL, ISLE OF MAN - JUNE 01: Ian Lougher in action as he exit's Kirk Michael during Practice of the Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) Races on Jun 1, 2007 in Isle of Man. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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KIRK MICHAEL, ISLE OF MAN - JUNE 01: Ian Lougher in action as he exit's Kirk Michael during Practice of the Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) Races on Jun 1, 2007 in Isle of Man. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 1/6/2009: Guy Martin (Hydrex Honda) at Tower Bends during the second TT practice session on the Isle of Man. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 1/6/2009: Guy Martin (Hydrex Honda) at Tower Bends during the second TT practice session on the Isle of Man. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 1/6/2009: William Dunlop (CD Racing Yamaha) in action on the Mountain during the second TT practice session on the Isle of Man. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 1/6/2009: William Dunlop (CD Racing Yamaha) in action on the Mountain during the second TT practice session on the Isle of Man. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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