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Starting numbers for the 2023 Isle of Man TT Superbike races revealed

The top 20 seeded riders in the Superbike and Superstock classes have had their starting number revealed for the 2023 Isle of Man TT.

Peter Hickman, Gas Monkey Garage by FHO Racing

Photo by: Dave Kneen

With just over 60 days to go until first practice for the 2023 event, organisers have released the starting order for the top 20 riders for this year’s Superbike TT, Senior TT and Superstock TT races.

Australian David Johnson will lead the field on his Jackson Racing Honda, as he gets set to make his return to the event having been forced to sit out the 2022 races with injury.

Going away at #2 is Dean Harrison, who will remain with DAO Racing aboard Kawasaki machinery for 2023 and will be looking to add to his three victories following a winless campaign last year.

TT legend John McGuinness announced earlier this year that 2022 would not be his last appearance at the event as he signed an extension with Honda.

The 23-time winner, who started first on the road in 2022, will launch from third ahead of KTS Racing’s Jamie Coward, who enjoyed a banner year at the TT last time out with a best of sixth in the Superbike category.

John McGuinness, MBE Honda Racing UK

John McGuinness, MBE Honda Racing UK

Photo by: Tony Goldsmith

Michael Dunlop will start from six again having firmed his plans for the big bike class with Hawk Racing Honda, while the returning double British Superbike champion Josh Brorokes sets off next for FHO Racing on a BMW.

Padgetts Honda’s Davey Todd and Ashcourt Racing’s Lee Johnston start eighth and ninth, with last year’s Superbike, Superstock and Senior TT winner Peter Hickman taking up his usual #10 slot on his FHO Racing BMW.

Home hero Conor Cummins will go from #11 on the Padgetts Honda ahead of veteran Michael Rutter, who will campaign this year’s TT on the MotoGP-derived Honda RC213V-S for Bathams Racing in the Superbike class.

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This year’s TT sees two additional races added to the programme, with a second contest in the Superstock and Supertwins class being added.

The 2023 TT begins with first practice on 29 May and concludes on 10 June.

Starting order for the Superbike, Senior and Superstock races

  1. David Johnson - C&L Fairburn Properties by Jackson Racing Honda
  2. Dean Harrison - DAO Racing Kawasaki
  3. John McGuinness - Honda Racing UK Honda
  4. Jamie Coward - KTS Racing powered by Steadplan Honda
  5. James Hillier - OMG Racing Yamaha
  6. Michael Dunlop - Hawk Racing Honda
  7. Josh Brookes - FHO Racing BMW
  8. Davey Todd - Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles Honda
  9. Lee Johnston - Ashcourt Racing Honda
  10. Peter Hickman - FHO Racing BMW
  11. Conor Cummins - Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles Honda
  12. Michael Rutter - Bathams Racing Honda
  13. Dominic Herbertson - APERO BMW
  14. Philip Crowe - Nigel Appleyard / Agri Wash BMW
  15. Nathan Harrison - Honda Racing UK Honda
  16. Mike Browne - Burrows Engineering / RK Racing BMW
  17. Gary Johnson - Smith’s Motors / JR Performance Honda
  18. Shaun Anderson - Team Classic Suzuki Suzuki
  19. Sam West - Street Diner Racing BMW
  20. Craig Neve - Bathams Racing Honda

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