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THE RIDERS

Steve Mercer

2009 - Steve Mercer  
 
In thepeoplesbike.com debut TT we were very fortunate to support Steve Mercer in his newcomer year. During practice Steve lapped at over 120mph average.
The Saturday Superbike race produced a very encouraging 25th place and the first newcommer award. Monday Superstock race saw Steve finish 28th and again the first newcommer award. The Friday Senior ended in bitter disappointment for Steve and the team as he ran out of fuel within half a mile of the finish while running well in the top 20.
 
Stephen Thompson
2010 - Stephen Thompson
 
Stephen Thompson brought his considerable Road Racing talent and experience to TT 2010. He was supported by thepeoplesbike.com as he tackled the 37 mile mountain course for the first time.
After a very successful practice week Stephen finished 39th in the Saturday Superbike race. The Superstock race produced another very consistent ride and Stephen claimed 35th place. Stephen saved his best result for the Senior race with a very creditable finish of 26th.
 

Dan Hegarty

2011/12 - Dan Hegarty 
 
For the third year of thepeoplesbike.com the team colaborated with BSB regular Daniel Hegarty for his first TT. Unfortunatly Dan arrived to tackle the mountain course carrying a very painful and restrictive arm injury following a crash at Thruxton during a BSB round. During practice it became apparent to Dan and the team that his arm injury was seriously hampering his ability to wrestle the bike on the very demanding bumpy sections of the course and that a steady learning year was the best option for his first TT.
In the Saturday Superbike race Dan rode steadily to finish 32nd after a very painful 226 miles racing. After 4 laps of the Senior race Dan was forced to retire with a delaminating rear tyre. The two Supersport races produced very creditable results for Dan. The smaller bike was easier for Dan to handle and he produced an excellent 26th in race 1 and 24th in race 2.
 
 
Dan returned to race for us again in 2012 riding a BMW 1000RR.  After a second successful year at the TT Dan progressed to ride for Norton in 2013 and has gradually built a name for himself in the road racing world competing in all major events this year and winning the TT Privateer Championship in 2016. 
Stephen Thompson
2013 - Stephen Thompson
 
Stephen Thompson returned to The People's Bike for a year in 2013 also riding under the Cookstown racing banner.  It's always a pleasure to have Stephen in the team, his personality and attitude towards racing are a pleasure to be around and we were happy to support him again.   

Alan Bonner

2014/15 - Alan Bonner 
 
In 2014 we were joined by Southern Irish rider, Alan Bonner who joined us for his newcomer year.  Alan had a tricky start to his TT career with technical issues all race week with his 1000 bike.  His determination and talent shone through though and he won best newcomer in the 600 class.   
In 2015 Alan returned to ride for us again and had much more success with his bikes.  He became the fastest ever Southern Irish rider beating Martin Finnegan's long standing record clocking 127.090mph in only his second year at the TT. 
"I'd an awesome two years with the people's bike and made some very good friends along the way.  I'll always be grateful for the start they've given to my tt career"  
Seamus Elliot

2016 - Seamus Elliot

In 2016 we were joined by Northern Irish rider, Seamus Elliott who came to us as a newcomer to the TT.  Seamus had a vast amount of road racing experience back in Ireland and was looking to compete in his first TT.   Unfortunately after practice week things didn't pan out as expected and we went our separate ways.  Seamus continued to compete during race week under his own banner and we fulfilled all sponsorship obligations to help him continue to fund his TT.  Seamus successfully completed the Senior TT improving his lap times in each outing.  

Tom Weeden

2017 - Tom Weeden

Our rider for 2017 will be Senior Manx GP winner, Tom Weeden.   

Tom fits with the team ethos perfectly and has a vast amount of experience on the roads despite his relatively young age.  We are very excited to be working with Tom and his dad as he takes on the mountain course at the TT. 

"I'd just like to say I'm over the moon to be joining up with The People's Bike in 2017 for the TT. The team ethos is spot on and I can't wait to get stuck in and have some fun at the same time. There's no pressure, I just want to relax, enjoy it and I'm sure the results will be a testament of this as I ride at my best when I'm comfortable and relaxed. I'm sure the People's Bike can give me this freedom and take the stress and worry away about making my debut at the TT! Roll on 2017, it can't come soon enough!' 

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