I was told by Dave Degens that “all you gotta do is memorise the slow bits, then go flat out everywhere else” !
Of course, this was before 200bhp+ bikes were a thing.
I’ve no idea how people get these modern missiles around there like they do. I don’t even like watching it on telly… spend half the time with my eyes shut !!
I think it was McPint who, talking about the mountain section, said something like “all you can see is green and grey, aim for the grey…”
I was gonna race a classic there, even built the bike, but the year before (whilst shaking the bike down on short circuits), John Lodder died there (a famously intelligent and ‘measured’ rider with decades of Manx experience) and my mate ended up in hospital (joking that the ward was like a war zone), it effected me, and Degens said “if you’ve ANY doubts in your head about crashing, don‘t even go, cos you will”.
So I chickened out. Probably one of the better decisions I’ve made !