‘Bomber’ happy with Manx return

Donington's Christian 'Bomber' Slater in the Manx Senior GP race. Photo: Claire Freestone
Donington's Christian 'Bomber' Slater in the Manx Senior GP race. Photo: Claire Freestone
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Christian ‘Bomber’ Slater from Donington returned to the Isle of Man for a second year to contest the Manx Senior GP race.

Last year he completed the newcomers race but was unlucky to be forced out of the four-lap race 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 1hr 6m 30.378s – 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 under way he set off from 86th.

The Manx, run the same as the TT, is a time trial with riders setting off at 10-second intervals.

He 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.

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

Although Slater was too far down the field to be awarded a replica trophy, he was presented with a medal in a presentation case.

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!

“I would just like to take the opportunity to say thank you to dad and Suzi Ridley for pulling together while we were over here, Martyn Nice as our main sponsor for this year, Martin Smith for his 
input in our engine work, MSG Racing for the last minute dyno time, Danny Osborne for the quick pit stop, Mark Lister for the loan of his 600 (just in case), Chris Gill and Zoe Bolland for also coming over and helping during practice week.”