GARY Horsepole has admitted the sidecar he’s set to pilot at this year’s Isle of Man TT was nearly impossible to pass on as he returns to the famous time trial after over a decade away.
The Sleaford outfit ace, who last raced the Mountain Course in 2007, enjoyed seven top-10s with former passenger Kevin Leigh since the two made their debuts in the 1993 meeting including a second place finish in 2000 and two thirds in 1998 and 2002.
But former double British F2 champ Horsepole has revealed a new partner for the 2018 TT road races. He’ll team up with his former British F1 championship passenger Rob Biggs as the pair look to tackle the two Sidecar TTs aboard a brand new Dean Ryde-built F2.
“I never thought I would ever go back to the TT races,” Horsepole said. “But the thought of riding a brand new outfit and being involved with some of my old racing mates was too good an opportunity to turn down.
“We are under no illusions about the task in hand but the bike looks so good it needs to be on track. We all have a lot of TT experience so hopefully things will all come together quickly. Once the outfit is up and ready we will do some testing and we will have to get some races in so Rob can get his passenger licence back.
“Both Rob and I will continue with our British F1 championship this year and are fully committed to both classes. The TT is an extra project and not something we are taking lightly.