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The 1922 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy introduced a new race, within a race, for 250 cc motorcycles called the Lightweight TT, to be run concurrently with the already-established Junior 350 cc that took place on Tuesday 30 May, and Senior 500 cc race on Thursday 1 June.

The new third race was achieved by splitting the 250 cc machines away from, but run simultaneously with, the 350 cc machines that had previously been racing together in the up-to-350 cc engine-capacity limit. Thirty three lightweights started first before the 350 cc machines,[1] and the fastest lap was achieved by Wal Handley on an OK-Supreme at 51 mph (82 km/h). The win by Geoff S Davison on a Levis was the last TT win for a British two-stroke motorcycle.[2]

By winning the 350 cc race, Tom Sheard became the first Manxman to win a Tourist Trophy race, with an average speed of 54.75 mph (88.11 km/h), covering 188.75 miles (303.76 km).[3] Seventeen-year-old Stanley Woods attained fifth position on a Cotton with a time of 3hrs 50min 33secs, despite having to contend with a broken exhaust pipe and a pit-fire that set both man and machine ablaze.[4]

Walter Brandish, placed second in the 500 cc race would become, in 1923, the first rider to have a bend on the course named after him (Brandish Corner). He just failed – by 22 seconds – to break the four-hour time that the winner Alec Bennett achieved for the first time in a six-lap race that he led from start to finish, with a new lap record of 59.99 mph (96.54 km/h).[5] This was the last TT win by a side-valve machine.[6]

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Junior 350 cc RaceEdit

5 laps (188.65 miles) Mountain Course.

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1   Tom Sheard AJS 54.75 mph 3:26.48.2
2   G.Grinton AJS 3:37.17.0
3   J.Thomas Sheffield-Henderson 3:47.28.0
4   R.Lucas Coulson 3:50.10.0
5   Stanley Woods Cotton 3:50.33.0
6   Jack Haslam Douglas 4:05.22.0
7   P.A.Newman Ivy 4:05.46.0
8   G.W.Shepherd Edmund 4:07.26.0
9   J.Bance Blackburne 4:08.12.0
10   T.A.Jones Ivy 4:10.38.0

Lightweight 250 cc RaceEdit

5 laps (188.65 miles) Mountain Course.

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1   Geoff S.Davison Levis 49.89 mph 3:46.56.8
2   D.Young Rex-Acme 4:00.17.0
3   S.J.Jones Velocette 4:01.31.0
4   L.Padley Sheffield-Henderson 4:11.09.0
5   D.G.Prentice New Imperial 4:04.41.0
6   F.C.North OK-Supreme 4:16.15.0
7   N.Hall OK-Supreme 4:19.04.0
8   C.H.Hopwood Levis 4:27.29.0
9   L.Nicholson Couslon 4:30.32.0
10   R.W.Loughton Francis-Barnett 4:32.17.0

1922 Senior TT 500cc Race final standingsEdit

6 laps (226.50 miles) Mountain Course.

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1   Alec Bennett Sunbeam 58.31 mph 3.53.02
2   Walter Brandish Triumph 56.52 mph 4:00.22
3   Harry Langman Scott 56.09 mph 4:02.14
4   C.P.Wood Scott 4:06.10
5   Graham Walker Norton 4:09.08
6   Tommy de la Hay Sunbeam 4:14.05
7   A.H.Alexander Douglas 4:15.06
8   V.Olsson Sunbeam 4:16.27
9   G.Clapham Scott 4:18.03
10   J.W.Adamson Norton 4:19.13

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 February 2007. Retrieved 5 June 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) The History of the TT The Mountain Course (retrieved 22 August 2006)
  2. ^ Title: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Motorcycles, Editor: Erwin Tragatsch, Publisher: New Burlington Books, Copyright: 1979 Quarto Publishing, Edition: 1988 Revised, Page 23, ISBN 0-906286-07-7
  3. ^ [1] IOM Notebook 1922 (retrieved 26 November 2006)
  4. ^ [2] Stanley Woods biography (retrieved 22 August 2006) Archived 11 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 March 2007. Retrieved 7 October 2006.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) History of the Isle of Man TT (retrieved 22 August 2006)
  6. ^ [3] Isle-of-Man Isle of Man TT (retrieved 7 October 2006) Archived 29 January 2007 at the Wayback Machine

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