Sulayem joins bikes super star Fogarty to mark TT races centenary

Sulayem joins bikes super star Fogarty to mark TT races centenary

30.04.2007: Sulayem joins bikes super star Fogarty to mark TT races centenary

Dubai date for four-times World Superbike Champion

Mohammed Ben Sulayem – looking forward to meeting legendary rider Carl Fogarty in Dubai.

Mohammed Ben Sulayem will link up with four-times World Superbike Champion Carl Fogarty MBE in Dubai on Thursday evening at a special event to mark 100 years of the world famous Isle of Man TT Races.

Fogarty, the three-times former World F1 champion, and Sulayem, President of the UAE Motorcycle Club, will be guests of honour at the event which is being organised by the Dubai Manx Society and takes place at the Moevenpick Hotel Bur Dubai.

"The Isle of Man TT races are one of the greatest tests of motorcycles and riders in the world, and I can remember watching some amazing action there over the years involving some of the greatest names in the sport," said Sulayem

"Carl Fogarty achieved so much in his career, including three TT race wins. As well as being a great champion he was always a colourful character, idolised by his fans, and I’m looking forward to meeting him."

The Dubai Manx Society, which runs in connection with the World Manx Association based in the Isle of Man, was launched in 2000 to help Manx people feel at home in the UAE and to boost Isle of Man relations.

For two weeks of every year the eyes of the motor sport world focus on the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea as the world’s top road racers pit their skills against the 37¾ miles of public roads that form the legendary TT circuit.

The first races were run in 1907, and over the years the event established a dramatic test of strength and courage which became as legendary as the illustrious names it featured, including motorcycling legends such as John Surtees, Mike Hailwood and Giacomo Agostini.

Fogarty’s TT exploits began in the mid-Eighties. He was the winner of the 1985 Lightweight Newcomers Manx Grand Prix and went on to win three TT races, beginning with the 1989 Production 750 Race.

In 1992 he had an epic battle with Steve Hislop. Although Hislop won by four seconds, Fogarty, set a new outright record at 123.61 mph on the last, nail-biting lap. The record stood for seven years.

 

- Tony Lewis, Narayana Marar, Total Communications Dubai - also photo

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