The Isle of Man TT is one of the world's last great races held public roads that hasn't been sanitized in any way. Motorcycles barrel through quaint villages at max speed in a way that is hardly believable in today's much safer world of racing. And this isn't just through a few miles downtown – a single lap takes the fastest classes over 17 minutes.

This video might be one of the greatest showcases off what the Isle of Man TT is about ever made. It shows rider Michael Dunlop on a Honda CBR600RR on lap three of the second race of the Supersport class in 2013. As it starts, Dunlop is in second place leaving from his pit stop and heading out on track aiming for a win. The camera strapped to the bike picks up every minor correction and the wonderful noise from the Honda engine. It seems like the throttle is wide open for over half the lap. To go right bike-against-bike action, Dunlop starts to catch up to other riders about eight minutes into the video and has quite a challenge for several minutes. Scroll down, turn up your speakers and enjoy.


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      rsholland
      • 9 Months Ago
      The Isle of Man TT is the most incredible race in the world. Except for a couple of years during WWII, it has been run ever yet since 1908 I think. Each lap is over 30 miles. Not only that, but the weather can change depending where you are. It's just amazing. ...And this was on a 600cc bike, a middleweight. Imagine this on a 1000cc open class bike!
        adrenalnjunky
        • 9 Months Ago
        @rsholland
        Rough math - if you say 130mph avg speed on a lap - 24 seconds is .9 mile.
        Liam
        • 9 Months Ago
        @rsholland
        The difference between 600s and 1000s isnt as big as you'd think. The lap record for a 1000 is 17:11.572 and for a 600 is 17:35.659
          rsholland
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Liam
          True, but the 24 second difference when translated to distance, is considerable. At those speeds it could be a mile or more.
          rsholland
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Liam
          True, but the 24 second difference when translated to distance, is considerable. At those speeds it could be a mile or more.
      Grey Golem
      • 9 Months Ago
      There's so many points where you go "Okay, if I pause and he loses it here, if I look ahead at that tree and see how fast he'd cover the distance from where he is to where he'll impact, and play." Then you realise that it's in a fraction of a second he'd hit. I don't think you could feel fear while doing it. You couldn't, it'd wreck you. Must be completely confident, and crazy focussed. Much respect.
      ACURA23CL
      • 9 Months Ago
      Two things watching this...1. I found out my knuckles taste like chicken and 2. my face could contort MUCH more than I ever thought before! Forget balls of steel, these guys have balls of "unuptainium". You're either born with them or you're not.
      Junkyard Willie
      • 9 Months Ago
      That looks extremely easy.
      Jaybird248
      • 9 Months Ago
      Between the dark stretches, built up areas, narrow lane width, stone walls and other obstacles, and near total lack of safety barriers, this thing makes the running of the bulls seem like child's play in danger. And that's coming from a guy who's been a rider for 30 years. I'll just watch, please.
      rsholland
      • 9 Months Ago
      The Isle of Man TT is the most incredible race in the world. Except for a couple of years during WWII, it has been run ever yet since 1908 I think. Each lap is over 30 miles. Not only that, but the weather can change depending where you are. It's just amazing. ...And this was on a 600cc bike, a middleweight. Imagine this on a 1000cc open class bike!
      svt2399
      • 9 Months Ago
      Outstanding!!! It is compelling to watch...I have been riding for 20 years now and its great to be able to exploit a bike like that legally. Though I don't have the " lack of fear" to ride one like that if I could!
      x19x19
      • 9 Months Ago
      Great video, especially when the rider catches up to the other bikes. Never get to see a full lap during Velocity's coverage. On the pure balls scale, these guys make F!1and NASCAR look like a day at Kindergarten.
      Michael
      • 9 Months Ago
      Can Forza and Gran Turismo please put this in a video game pls. I so badly wanna "race" this track.
      x19x19
      • 9 Months Ago
      Great video, especially when the rider catches up to the other bikes. Never get to see a full lap on Velocity's TV coverage. From a pure balls standpoint, the guys make F1 and NASCAR look like a day at Kindergarten.
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