Slater returns to Manx GP

Christian Slater.
Christian Slater.

Christian ‘Bomber’ Slater returned to the Isle of Man for a second year to contest the Manx Senior GP race.

Last year the Donington rider completed the newcomers’ race, but was unlucky to be forced out of the four-lap event with a bike problem.

He was hoping for a finish this time and he was not disappointed as, although the race was red flagged on the final lap, he made it back to the finish in 58th place in a time of 1 hr 6 mins 30.378 secs - 102.117s.

The weather was against Slater during qualifying as the rain caused it to be cancelled on more than one occasion, but once the race got underway Slater set off from 86th.

The Manx is run on the same course as the TT and it is also a time trial with riders setting off at 10-second intervals. Slater completed the first 37.73-mile lap in 72nd and improved to 68th on lap two.

He made more progress on lap three to 65th and crossed the finish line at the end of lap four in 58th position.

He would perhaps have been further up the field on the final lap, but the red flag halted his progress as there were three or four crashes at various points on the course.

Although he was too far down the field to be awarded a replica trophy he was presented with a medal.

Slater commented: “Well what a two weeks I’ve had.

“I came to the Manx GP to race the TT circuit again and managed a 104.4mph average lap during the race.

“I wanted to finish the full four-lap race at speed but it got red flagged on my last lap.

“But I was feeling good and settled and the Kawasaki was awesome.”