Wayne posts fastest ever lap at Isle of Man

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Motor cycle enthusiast Wayne Axon posted his fastest ever lap at the Isle of Man TT race on a home-built machine.

Built in a conservatory in Calne, but raced at probably the world’s toughest track, the TT course on the Isle of Man, two Ducati 888 motorcycles took on the factory teams in this year’s Classic TT Formula 1 event.

Builder Stafford Evans from Bath, with engines assembled and tuned by Louigi Moto near Bath, pulled in South West TT rider Wayne Axon from Weston and TT stalwart Dave Hewson from Lincoln to pilot the machines over the 37.7 mile course.

The two bikes named Emily and Katy had qualifying weeks that were poles apart, with Emily in her third year and needed little work, but Katy arrived unfinished and proved to be quite the petulant lady.

Late nights working on Katy’s various niggles culminated with having to source a £2.56 oil seal that would have seen her not start the race after months of preparation.

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Both bikes and riders completed the four-lap race and with great teamwork in the fuel stops, fuel supplied by Burton Engineering of Frome, finished in 11th and 23rd places, earning silver and bronze replica trophies for their riders.

During the two weeks, Wayne did his fastest ever lap of the mountain course at 109.905mph and Dave a 115.769mph on Katy in her first year.

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Plans are already in hand with Ducati enthusiast Stafford to return next year with more improvements for the booming twins.

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