The Isle of Man TT is unquestionably one of the toughest and greatest challenges in motorcycle racing. The 37.73-mile course, which winds its way around and over the Snaefell, is a fearsome beast - one which creates heroes out of all who succeed in her challenge.
In recent years, however, it seems that challenge has only steepened as the depth of talent competing for the spoils has grown into a truly stunning roster - a mix of road specialists and crossover runners from the short circuit scene.
Last year the outright lap record was smashed by Peter Hickman, who guided his Smiths Racing BMW S1000RR Superbike to an incredible 135.452mph lap on his way to victory in the pulsating Senior TT finale. This made the TT the fastest road race on the planet, and Hickman the fastest rider.