Jordan and McLean ready to shine on their TT debuts
Practice commences this evening for the 2017 Monster Energy Isle of Man TT races with the newcomers getting their obligatory lap behind a travelling marshal to familiarise themselves with the Mountain Circuit.
Among those setting off down Bray Hill for the very first time are Paul Jordan from Magherafelt and Adam McLean from nearby Tobermore.
Jordan, 26 years old, was a 125cc race winner in the British Championship before turning his attention to the road race scene, and he quickly established himself with numerous top 10 finishes before clinching the Moto3/125GP Irish road race championship in 2015.
At the TT he will concentrate on the Supersport and Lightweight classes on Thepeoplesbike.com/B&W Site Sealant 600cc Kawasaki and an ER6 650cc Kawasaki in the Lightweight TT.
McLean, 21 years old, is coming off the back of a tremendous North West 200, where he surprised many with a fine fourth place riding his MSS Kawasaki in the Saturday Supersport race behind winner Alastair Seeley and William and Michael Dunlop.
Behind him at the Triangle were Ian Hutchinson (14 time TT winner), James Hillier, Jamie Coward, Peter Hickman and Martin Jessopp, all more experienced riders than McLean.
McLean won the Moto3/125GP Irish road race championship in 2016 and had impressive rides at the Southern 100 and Ulster Grand Prix, and also takes in the Lightweight TT on the Hanna Performance/MJ Palmer ER6 650cc Kawasaki.
However the TT is a whole new ball game and neither would be expected to trouble the top 15 in their debut year.
The leading competitors also get their first chance of laps around the circuit tonight with Supersport and Lightweight machines on track following the solo and sidecar newcomers.
Sadly missing will be 23-time winner and TT legend John McGuinness, recuperating after his qualifying crash during the North West 200 in which he suffered a badly broken leg, vertebrae and ribs.
Among those scheduled to take to the track are William and Michael Dunlop, Hutchinson, Bruce Anstey and Hillier as the competitors reacquaint themselves with the most challenging road race track in the world.