We had the IOMTT guys over a few years ago to compete in some track racing. Although they did pretty well, they weren't faster than our local riders.
From talking to them across the weekend, they identified they generally run at only about 90% of their total capabilities, due to the surface changes that occur across longer street circuits, and to ensure they make it to the end of the race without killing themselves (even a simple lowside at street circuits can really hurt you), where as the MotoGP/WSBK riders are generally riding at 99%, and don't worry as much about the potential for crashes as there isn't a wall or kerb right there if they do crash.
There are a few of the top Irish Road racers who also participate in the BSB, however have no-where near the success that they see at the IOM TT or other Road Racing events, similarly there are some BSB racers who have competed in Road Racing events (Josh Brookes as an example), but haven't had similar success at road racing.
I'd suggest due to the undulating changing surfaces, and outright distance of a single lap, it can take years to become fast at road racing at any single event, as you can only practice them when the event is on and roads are closed. Where as racing on tracks, the surfaces are pretty consistent, and you spend a lot less time doing a lot more laps to become familiar with all the nuances of any particular surface.
Correct, most of them compete locally in less well known racing series. For these guys its mostly all about road racing. They just like it better. And after watching MotoGP for years and then discovering Ulster GP, NW 200, Manx GP and IOM - I totally get why. Most all the riders who do IOM also do the previously mentioned races. The just like road racing. Many also do BSB and the other lesser series. Frankly, I think these guys are the all around best riders in the world - period. Above MotoGP etc. Its so much harder to memorize and navigate a public road - for 37 miles than it is to deal with a 2.6 miles purpose built ultra smooth track.Some of the TT riders do compete in BSB and usually they are back markers. However every sport requires you to be a specialist these days so that's no real surprise.
You are going to have to give me some details. I am going next year and I will only have 1-2 days at the most mid week of event. I guess I better get my ass in gear and start planning now as next summer is getting here quicker than I thought it would. I would love to ride the course if possible, preferably with a guide or group as I will be by myself. Also looking for a good viewing area for the day.Also, I went to the IOM in 2013, best trip of my life, rented bikes from Jason Griffiths Motorcycles and rode on the Mtn Course with my wife on back. It was on my bucket list, make it yours. Definitely going back.
you're smoking too much weed if you think circuit racing isn't hard. I guarantee you that any motogp racer would love a few mins of racing at only 90%.
if any of you think it's easy enter in a few club races. even at 8 laps or so you'll walk away feeling like you ran 5 miles as hard as you could.
Its funny you mention the extra added kinks in the NW200 - They even look awkward when you see them rounded during the race. Sad. I didn't realize it was added for BSB riders, they always claim it was to keep the speeds down. But that's too far down.. you can hear them clutch in.Just to add to all the above, if you were a major league baseball player, and only played one game in the season that earned you your year's salary, bonuses in adverts, guest appearances etc, you'd still take part in smaller competitions but there is no way you'd risk injury in those other games which may exclude you from the big one.
Same with IOM TT riders, they'll keep their iron in smaller fires, anything that gives you saddle time is worth it, but the entire year is just a build up to the TT; that's ALL that matters to them.
Some BSB riders have tried their hand at the TT recently, and a couple got bit badly, came home in a box; it's two different things altogether, like rugby and soccer.
They both have men running around chasing a ball in a field, but that's it lol
Look at McGuiness last season, he sustained a wrist injury in downtime playing on his MX'r and his ruined his TT.
He didn't make that mistake this year lol
To accommodate some BSB riders, the NW200 have put some chicanes in to their course; the BSB riders are all about point, squirt and brake, and the previous course was difficult for them.
So now they have some chicanes there to make them feel more capable, but the pure road racers are hating it.