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The 1971 Isle of Man TT was a motorcycle event held on 12 June 1971, on the 37-mile Snaefell Mountain course on the Isle of Man between Great Britain and Ireland. It was the third round of the F.I.M. 1971 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season (now MotoGP).

The unbelievable happened in 1971 - Agostini's MV broke down on the first lap of the Junior. The crowd cheered when it was announced that the Italian had stopped at Ramsey with engine problems. His demise produced a dramatic race in which many of the favourites either crashed or broke down.

Yamaha's Phil Read led Alan Barnett, Rod Gould and Dudley Robinson at the end of the first lap. Gould then crashed at Quarterbridge, but continued. On lap three Barnett came off at Glen Helen, and a lap later Read retired with engine problems. With one lap to go Robinson led Yorkshireman Tony Jefferies, riding a Yamsel, but he crashed at Rhencullen, so Jefferies came home with 37 seconds to spare from newcomers Gordon Pantall, with Bill Smith third.

Agostini had no such problems in the Senior, which was postponed by a day because of bad weather. Despite spending nearly two minutes in the pits to rectify carburation problems, he won comfortably from Peter Williams (Arter Matchless) and Frank Perris on a Suzuki.

The Yamaha twins dominated the 250cc race, which was reduced to four laps. Phil Read led all the way when his main challenger Peter Williams's MZ expired at the end of the first lap. Barry Randle and Alan Barnett completed a Yamaha clean sweep.

Barry Sheene made his one and only TT appearance in the 125cc race, but slipped off his Suzuki at Quarterbridge on the second lap while lying second in appalling conditions. The race was won by Chas Mortimer, riding a Yamaha, at the slowest 125cc average on the Mountain Course since 1953.

A new three-lap Formula 750 race was introduced to provide a class to accommodate the popular British 750cc racing machines. Tony Jefferies led throughout on a works Triumph after a splendid battle with the BSA of Ray Pickrell and the Norton of Peter Williams.

Pickrell gained revenge in the 750cc class of the Production race. Riding a Triumph, he was involved in a tremendous duel with Williams until the Norton stopped on the third lap at the Bungalow. Pickrell was a comfortable winner from Jefferies and the BSA of Bob Heath. John Williams and Bill Smith brought Honda success in both the 500 and 250cc classes with dominant victories.

Siggi Schauzu won his fifth TT after a superb duel with BMW teammate George Auerbacher in the World Championship sidecar race. Earlier in the week Auerbacher had secured his first TT victory in the 750cc sidecar event after ten years of trying. Schauzu broke the lap record from a standing start but dropped out on the second lap.[1]

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1971 Isle of Man Lightweight TT 125cc final standingsEdit

3 Laps (113.00 Miles) Mountain Course.

Place Rider Number Country Machine Speed Time Points
1   Chas Mortimer United Kingdom Yamaha 83.91 mph 1:20.54.0 15
2   Börje Jansson Sweden Maico 81.83 mph 1:23.43.6 12
3   John Kiddie United Kingdom Honda 76.14 mph 1:29.12.2 10
4   Peter Courtney United Kingdom Yamaha 75.92 mph 1:29.28.2 8
5   Nev Watts United Kingdom Honda 75.70 mph 1:29.43.6 6
6   C.Ward United Kingdom Maico 74.14 mph 1:30.23.6 5
7   F.C. Smart United Kingdom Honda 74.96 mph 1.30.36.6 4
8   Lindsay Porter United Kingdom Honda 73.99 mph 1.31.48.2 3
9   Bill Rae United Kingdom Maico 73.19 mph 1.32.48.4 2
10   John Pearson United Kingdom Bultaco 72.97 mph 1.33.05.0 1
DNF   Barry Sheene United Kingdom Suzuki

1971 Isle of Man Lightweight TT 250cc final standingsEdit

4 Laps (150.92 Miles) Mountain Course.

Place Rider Number Country Machine Speed Time Points
1   Phil Read Britain Yamaha 98.02 mph 1:32.23.3 15
2   Barry Randle Britain Yamaha 93.75 mph 1:34.27.6 12
3   Alan Barnett Britain Yamaha 95.09 mph 1:35.02.0 10
4   Rod Gould Britain Yamaha 95.09 mph 1:35.14.0 8
5   Bill Henderson Britain Yamaha 94.32 mph 1:36.01.2 6
6   Gyula Marsovsky Switzerland Yamaha 94.04 mph 1:36.18.0 5
7   Peter Berwick United Kingdom Yamaha 93.65 mph 1:36.42.6 4
8   Ian Richards United Kingdom Yamaha 93.47 mph 1:36.53.4 3
9   Börje Jansson Sweden Yamasaki 93.39 mph 1:36.50.0 2
10   Gordon Pantall United Kingdom Yamaha 93.35 mph 1:37.00.8 1

1971 Isle of Man Junior TT 350cc final standingsEdit

5 Laps (188.65 Miles) Mountain Course.

Place Rider Number Country Machine Speed Time Points
1   Tony Jefferies United Kingdom Yamsel 89.81 mph 2:05.48.6 15
2   Gordon Pantall United Kingdom Yamaha 89.55 mph 2:06.25.0 12
3   Bill Smith United Kingdom Honda 89.81 mph 2:07.40.8 10
4   John Williams United Kingdom AJS 88.94 mph 2:07.17.0 8
5   Mick Chatterton United Kingdom Yamaha 87.38 mph 2:09.33.6 6
6   Gerry Mateer United Kingdom Aermacchi 87.18 mph 2:09.51.8 5
7   Mick Grant United Kingdom Yamaha 86.50 mph 2:28.30.6 4
8   Billy Guthrie United Kingdom Yamaha 86.31 mph 2:11.09.0 3
9   Günter Bartusch East Germany MZ 86.15 mph 2:11.24.2 2
10   Peter Berwick United Kingdom Suzuki 85.90 mph 2:11.47.2 1

1971 Isle of Man Senior TT 500cc final standingsEdit

6 Laps (236.38 Miles) Mountain Course.

Place Rider Number Country Machine Speed Time Points
1   Giacomo Agostini Italy MV Agusta 102.49 mph 2:12.24.4 15
2   Peter Williams United Kingdom Matchless 98.40 mph 2:18.03.0 12
3   Frank Perris United Kingdom Suzuki 96.51 mph 2:20.45.4 10
4   Selwyn Griffiths United Kingdom Matchless 95.03 mph 2:22.57.4 8
5   Gordon Pantall United Kingdom Kawasaki 95.02 mph 2:22.57.6 6
6   Roger Sutcliffe United Kingdom Matchless 94.38 mph 2:23.56.2 5
7   Keith Turner United Kingdom Suzuki 94.08 mph 2:24.23.2 4
8   Charlie Sanby United Kingdom Seeley 93.04 mph 2:26.00.8 3
9   Tom Dickie United Kingdom Matchless 92.82 mph 2:26.21.2 2
10   Hans-Otto Butenuth Germany BMW 92.81 mph 2:26.21.8 1

1971 Isle of Man Sidecar 500cc TT final standingsEdit

3 Laps (113.00 Miles) Mountain Course.

Place Rider Number Country Machine Speed Time Points
1   Siegfried Schauzu/W.Kalauch West Germany BMW 86.21 mph 1:18.47.6 15
2   Georg Auerbacher/H.Hahn West Germany BMW 86.10 mph 1:18.53.2 12
3   Arsenius Butscher/J.Huber West Germany BMW 81.31 mph 1:23.32.6 10
4   Jeff Gawley/G.Alcock United Kingdom Yamaha 80.22 mph 1:24.40.8 8
5   Richard Wegener/A.Heinrichs West Germany BMW 80.15 mph 1:24.44.6 6
6   Chris Vincent/M.Casey United Kingdom BSA 79.19 mph 1:25.40.6 5
7   Dick Hawes & J.P.Mann United Kingdom Seely 76.37 mph 1:28.56.2 4
8   Robin Williams & Jack McPherson United Kingdom Triumph 75.47 mph 1:30.00.6 3
9   J.Mines & G.Davis United Kingdom Matchless 75.25 mph 1:30.46.0 2
10   Peter Brown & F.Holden United Kingdom BSA 74.62 mph 1:31.01.8 1

Non-championship racesEdit

1971 Isle of Man Production 750 cc TT final standingsEdit

3 Laps (113.00 Miles) Mountain Course.

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1   Ray Pickrell Triumph 100.07 mph 1:30.30.2
2   Tony Jefferies Triumph 98.38 mph 1:30.03.0
3   Bob Heath BSA 97.08 mph 1:33.17.4
4   Hans-Otto Butenuth BMW 93.75 mph 1:36.36.0
5   David Nixon Triumph 93.02 mph 1:37.21.0
6   B.J.Clark Norton 92.97 mph 1:37.24.6
7   Tom Dickie BMW 91.08 mph 1:39.26.0
8   Keith Heckles Norton 86.11 mph 1:45.10.8
9   Tony Anderson BMW 85.81 mph 1:45.32.0
10   Peter Darvill Honda 80.51 mph 1:52.29.4

1971 Isle of Man Production 500 cc TT final standingsEdit

3 Laps (113.00 Miles) Mountain Course.

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1   John Williams Honda 91.04 mph 1:39.28.8
2   Graham Penny Honda 89.09 mph 1:41.39.6
3   A.T.Cooper Suzuki 86.63 mph 1:44.32.8
4   Graham Bailey Suzuki 86.42 mph 1:44.47.8
5   Tom Loughridge Suzuki 85.34 mph 1:46.07.4
6   Martyn Ashwood Suzuki 85.34 mph 1:46.07.6
7   Danny Shimmin Suzuki 84.39 mph 1:47.21.6
8   P.Jones Suzuki 81.67 mph 1:50.53.2
9   Bill Milne Kawasaki 80.55 mph 1:52.26.0

1971 Isle of Man Sidecar 750cc TT final standingsEdit

3 Laps (113.00 Miles) Mountain Course.

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1   Georg Auerbacher/H.Hahn BMW 86.86 mph 1.18.12.0
2   A.J.Samson/D.A.Jose Triumph 82.50 mph 1.22.20.2
3   R.Williamson/J.McPherson Weslake 82.25 mph 1.23.50.0
4   R.Woodhouse/D.Woodhouse Honda 81.91 mph 1.22.55.0
5   D.Wood/D.Coomber Norton 81.19 mph 1.23.39.8
6   D.Plummer/M.Brett Triumph 80.77 mph 1.24.05.6
7   B.Currie/M.Scott Triumph 80.60 mph 1.24.16.2
8   M.Potter/P.J.Burleigh BSA 80.18 mph 1.24.43.4
9   D.Hawes/J.P.Mann Seeley 80.09 mph 1.24.48.6
10   A.Methersill/M.Mitchinson AMS 79.52 mph 1.25.24.8

1971 Isle of Man Production 250 cc TT final standingsEdit

3 Laps (113.00 Miles) Mountain Course.

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1   Bill Smith Honda 84.14 mph 1:47.43.6
2   Charlie Williams Yamaha 84.04 mph 1:47.52.0
3   Tommy Robb Honda 82.49 mph 1:49.47.6
4   Peter Berwick Suzuki 81.27 mph 1:51.26.4
5   Gordon Daniels Suzuki 81.09 mph 1:51.41.4
6   Lindsay Porter Suzuki 79.14 mph 1:54.26.6
7   Roy Simmons Suzuki 76.53 mph 1:58.20.0
8   Jim Evans Montesa 74.44 mph 2:01.20.8
9   Bill Barker Honda 72.25 mph 2:05.21.0

1971 Isle of Man Formula 1 750 cc TT final standingsEdit

3 Laps (113.00 Miles) Mountain Course.

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1   Tony Jefferies Triumph 102.85 mph 1:06.02.0
2   Ray Pickrell BSA 102.81 mph 1:06.28.0
3   Peter Williams Norton 101.22 mph 1:07.06.2
4   B.J.Clark Yamaha 96.76 mph 1:10.12.0
5   Dudley P.Robinson Yamaha 96.39 mph 1:10.28.2
6   David Nixon Triumph 95.64 mph 1:11.01.0
7   Bill Smith Kawasaki 95.37 mph 1:11.13.2
8   Tom Dickie BMW 92.38 mph 1:13.31.4
9   Peter Darvill Honda 85.81 mph 1:13.44.6
10   Charlie Dobson Norton 91.67 mph 1:14.06.0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Source: www.iomtt.com

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