Phillip McCallen's view on the 2011 IOM TT prospects

By Phillip McCallenEleven-times TT winner
Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop was on the podium three times at last year's TT

With last year's five-time Isle of Man TT winner Ian Hutchinson missing this year's event because of injury, the top Northern Ireland riders have a great chance of taking some wins.

Ian did what most people thought was impossible by winning all the solo classes but I can't see anyone repeating that feat this year.

Michael Dunlop is a man on a mission, as always, and I fancy him to add to his one success on the Mountain Course so far.

Michael has a winning mentality and he was gutted with his results last year, even though he ended up with two seconds and a third.

Second place is the first loser as far as he is concerned and I think that determination will see him stand on the top step of the podium once again.

His Superbike has been well prepared by the Paul Bird Kawasaki team and if he can get it to handle properly, he could be a threat in the Superbike and Senior races.

Michael should also go close in the Superstock and will be one of the favourites for the Supersport class, for which he holds the lap record.

Ryan Farquhar has bags of experience around the TT and will be a strong contender for victory in the Superstock, after agonisingly losing out by 1.3 seconds to Hutchinson last year.

Ryan knows how to set up the bikes to his best advantage and also likes to keep a low profile, but he's just as hungry as ever for success.

William Dunlop hasn't quite shone to the same extent as his brother so far but he's on really good bikes this year and seems happy as part of the Wilson Craig Honda set-up.

With a bit of luck on his side, William could clinch his first podium this year.

Adrian Archibald always saves his best form for the TT and another Superbike podium is not out of the question for him.

John McGuinness drew a blank last year, failing to add to his 15 wins, and that will make him more dangerous than ever this time round.

For me, John is still the man to beat in the 'big bike' class, although the rest have been catching him up fast over the last couple of years.

He will be joined in the official Honda colours by Keith Amor, who is looking for his first TT victory.

Keith has top-notch machinery at his disposal and a number of podiums, at least, are on the cards for him.

Everyone is wondering if this will eventually be the year that Guy Martin breaks his duck, and so am I.

Guy has bags of ability but seemed strangely out of sorts at the North West 200 - he wasn't really on the pace and wasn't his usual ebullient self.

He hinted that he wasn't keen on the circuit but you have to try your hardest at every race you compete in and get some track miles under your belt.

I'm not sure that Guy has done enough racing this season but he has good bikes under him in the Relentless TAS Suzukis, so he can have no excuses.

The TAS boys run a very professional team but Guy will be their only rider this year, so that maybe adds a bit of extra pressure.

I don't think his big crash last year will have a major effect on him and he has proven that he is fast enough.

John McGuinness
John McGuinness is the second most successful TT rider ever

One man I think will step up to the plate this year is Cameron Donald, who definitely has the speed - and his desire seems to be back too.

He's in good form and his confidence will be high after an impressive display in the Supersport race at the North West.

His bikes will be among the fastest in the paddock and I can see him running at the front in every race, including the Supersports, in which he has struggled in recent years.

Bruce Anstey is another man with a point to prove and I reckon he will have a new lease of life with the Padgett's team, who helped Hutchinson to his clean sweep last year.

Bruce has been training more than ever before in a bid to improve his fitness and keep pace with the young guns and will be right up there.

One man who really impressed me at the North West was Gary Johnson and I reckon he will be pushing for podiums throughout the week on his fleet of Hondas.

Ian Lougher and Michael Rutter have plenty of experience on their side but struggle to keep up with the really fast guys at the front these days.

As far Conor Cummins, everyone is just glad to see him back in the saddle and he'll be happy to earn some good steady finishes after his horrendous crash in the Senior last year.

I'll be heading over to the TT myself to do a lap of honour and attend a few functions and it's always a special place to go.

I hope the racing is as close and exciting as last year and everyone comes home safe.

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