Thursday, 18 July 2013

ManxGP Envy

My mate and fellow ManxGP racer Mike Moulai is going to be at this year's ManxGP again. But this year he'll be on that most awesome sounding Jack Valentine MV Agusta F3.

Man, I am jealous!

Off the ManxGP Facebook page:

Michael Moulai Confirmed to ride Jack Valentine MV for Wilson/Collins at 2013 Manx Grand Prix

New Zealander Michael Moulai has been confirmed to ride the Jack Valentine prepared MV Agusta that Gary Johnson rode in this year's Supersport TT.... The New Zealander will ride the 600cc machine in both the Junior and Senior MGP Races, which are scheduled to take place on Wednesday 28th and Friday 30th August.

Moulai finished 9th in last year's Junior MGP Race and has a best placed 6th finish which he achieved in the Newcomers A race in 2009. He finished 13th in the Senior TT in his debut year on the Mountain Course and was running third in last year's Senior before running out of fuel at the Nook.

The 38 year old, now based in Lincolnshire, had an unusual history and was actually selected to represent New Zealand as a cyclist in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games but broke his back in a hand gliding accident that not only ruled him out of the Games but effectively ended his cycling career in the process.

The Wilson/Collins outfit has four Senior Manx Grand Prix winners with Gary Carswell, Mark Parrett, Paul Duckett and Buddy Yeardsley all winning the blue riband race. The team has been participating in the Manx Grand Prix for over forty years and also holds the lap record for The Manx Grand Prix Senior Race - 122.208mph (18:31.45), which was set in 2005 by Alan Jackson, which he achieved from a standing start.

Commenting on the MV's participation, Des Collins said:
"Jack has been really helpful in supporting us with the project and I'm delighted that an MV will be appearing in the Manx Grand Prix. I'm also pleased to be backing a New Zealander as I have a huge affection for the place."

Michael Moulai commented:
"I am very pleased and excited about being asked to ride the Valmoto MV for Wilson/Collins racing as I have a very soft spot for Italian bikes having raced a Ducati in the 2009 and 2010 MGP. I have been very lucky to be given this opportunity to ride for a team which has vast experience in road racing."

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