Superstock contender Michael Booth to make TT debut in 2016

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Leading Pirelli National Superstock 1000cc Championship competitor Michael Booth will make his Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy debut in 2016, competing in four of the six solo races.

Hailing from Brough in East Yorkshire, Booth will contest all three 1000cc races – the Dainese Superbike, RL360 Superstock and PokerStars Senior TT Races – on a Kawasaki ZX-10R for Danny Tomlinson Racing. In addition, the 25-year old will compete in the Bennetts Lightweight TT on one of Stewart Smith’s rapid ER6 Kawasaki’s.

Booth’s career, like many before him, started in motocross before he switched to the tarmac in 2004, finishing second overall in the Auto 66 Formula 125cc Championship. Two years in the MRO Superteen Championship followed, finishing seventh overall in 2005 and sixth in 2006, and he then moved up to the flourishing Triumph Triple Challenge in 2007 finishing an excellent fourth overall

He spent two years – 2008 and 2009 – in the National Superstock 600cc Championship with his best year coming in the second year when he finished 12th overall, despite only contesting 7 of the 12 rounds. His highest placed finish that year was fourth at Thruxton.

Since 2010, he’s been a regular points scorer in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000cc Championship, campaigning Honda and Kawasaki machinery. After placing 24th overall in his debut year, 2011 saw him climb the leaderboard, finishing the season in 15th overall, with a best finish of sixth at Oulton Park, ahead of leading names such as Luke Quigley, John McGuinness, Marshall Neill and David Johnson.

Booth achieved a number of points finishes in 2012, 2013 and 2014 but really came to the fore in 2015, finishing inside the top 15 of one of the most competitive classes on the BSB programme in six of the 12 rounds held.

Commenting on his TT Races debut, Paul Phillips, TT and Motorsport Manager commented:

“It’s clear that we are attracting a growing calibre of rider from the BSB paddock with Michael the latest in a line of talented racers who are keen to appear at the TT. Undoubtedly a number of the successful competitors who have made the transition are proving to be great ambassadors for the TT.”

He continued:

“The standard of newcomers that we are now attracting is unprecedented compared with previous years and we are only accepting a small number of riders who have proved their ability which is continuing to raise the benchmark of newcomers performances and reinforces the prestige of competing in a TT Race.”

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