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Senior Tourist Trophy is a motorcycle road race that takes place during the Isle of Man TT festival, an annual event traditionally held over the last week in May and the first week in June. The Senior TT is the Blue Riband event of the festival that takes place on the Friday of race week with 'The Marquis de Mouzilly St. Mars trophy' awarded to the winner.

2014 Isle of Man TT Races
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John McGuinness on the start-line of the Senior TT on 7 June 2013
Race details
Date24 May – 6 June 2014
LocationDouglas, Isle of Man
CourseRoad Course
37.733 mi (60.725 km)
Senior TT
Pole Position Fastest Lap
England John McGuinness England John McGuinness
132.7 mph 132.7 mph
Podium
1. England John McGuinness
2. England James Hillier3. England Ian Hutchinson

The event was part of the FIM Motorcycle Grand Prix World Championship during the period 1949–1976, before being transferred to the United Kingdom after safety concerns, becoming the British Grand Prix under the FIM from the 1977 GP season.[1]

Until 2012, the Senior TT had never been cancelled except during the two World Wars and during travel restrictions associated with the animal foot and mouth outbreak in 2001. However, during the 2012 TT Races, with inclement weather on the day prior to its traditional Friday race day (8 June), the decision was taken to postpone racing until the following day, Saturday, 9 June. Consequently, a course inspection was made, and following a meeting between riders and officials, the decision was made to cancel the running of the Senior race for safety reasons.[2]

Engine capacityEdit

The 1911 TT races was the first time the Senior TT race took place and was open to 500 cc single-cylinder and 585 cc twin-cylinder motorcycles. It was won by Oliver Godfrey riding an Indian, at an average speed of 47.63 mph over five laps of the Snaefell Mountain Course that was in use for the first time that year. The 1912 event was the first to limit the Senior TT to 500 cc machines and this engine capacity prevailed until 1984.

The engine capacity was modified from the traditional (up to) 500 cc for two-strokes and is now (up to) 1,000 cc for four-strokes, although 1,000 cc machines were permitted in 1985 and 1986, 1,300 cc in 1987, 1988 and 1989, and 750 cc in 1990–1998.

EligibilityEdit

EntrantsEdit

  • Entrants must be in possession of a valid National Entrants or FIM Sponsors Licence for Road Racing.

MachinesEdit

The 2012 specification for entries into the Senior TT race are defined as:

  • Any machine complying with the following specifications:
    • TT Superbike: (Machines complying with the 2012 FIM Superbike and Supersport Championships specifications)
      • (Over 750cc up to 1000cc 4 cylinders 4-stroke)
      • (Over 750cc up to 1000cc 3 cylinders 4-stroke)
      • (Over 850cc up to 1200cc 2 cylinders 4-stroke)[3]
    • Supersport Junior TT (without limitation of tyre choice)
      • TT Superstock (without limitation of tyre choice)
      • Other machines admitted at the discretion of the Organisers

Official Qualification TimeEdit

  • 115% of the time set by the third fastest qualifier in the class.[4]

Speed and Lap RecordsEdit

The lap record for the Senior TT class is 16 minutes and 42.778 seconds at an average speed of 135.452 mph (217.989 km/h) set by Peter Hickman during the 2018 Senior TT Race. The race record is also held by Hickman in 1 hour, 43 minutes and 08.065 seconds; an average race speed of 131.700 mph (211.951 km/h) achieved during the same 6 lap race.[5]

The longest race distance for a FIM Motorcycle Grand Prix World Championship event was the 500 cc 1957 TT race, over 8 laps (302.00 Miles), won by Bob McIntyre riding a 500cc Gilera, in 3 hours, 2 minutes and 57.0 seconds at an average race speed of 98.99 mph.

List of Senior TT WinnersEdit

[6]

Year Rider Manufacturer Average Race Speed
1911   Oliver Godfrey Indian 47.63 mph
1912   Frank A. Applebee Scott 48.69 mph
1913   Tim Wood Scott 48.28 mph
1914   Cyril Pullin Rudge 49.49 mph
1915-1919 Not held
1920   Tommy de la Hay Sunbeam 51.79 mph
1921   Howard R. Davies AJS 54.49 mph
1922   Alec Bennett Sunbeam 58.31 mph
1923   Tom Sheard Douglas 55.55 mph
1924   Alec Bennett Norton 61.64 mph
1925   Howard R. Davies HRD 66.13 mph
1926   Stanley Woods Norton 67.54 mph
1927   Alec Bennett Norton 68.41 mph
1928   Charlie Dodson Sunbeam 62.98 mph
1929   Charlie Dodson Sunbeam 72.05 mph
1930   Wal Handley Rudge 74.24 mph
1931   Tim Hunt Norton 77.90 mph
1932   Stanley Woods Norton 79.38 mph
1933   Stanley Woods Norton 81.04 mph
1934   Jimmie Guthrie Norton 78.01 mph
1935   Stanley Woods Moto Guzzi 84.68 mph
1936   Jimmie Guthrie Norton 85.80 mph
1937   Freddie Frith Norton 88.21 mph
1938   Harold Daniell Norton 89.11 mph
1939   Georg Meier BMW 89.38 mph
1940-1946 Not held
1947   Harold Daniell Norton 82.813 mph
1948   Artie Bell Norton 84.969 mph
1949   Harold Daniell Norton 86.93 mph
1950   Geoff Duke Norton 92.37 mph
1951   Geoff Duke Norton 89.90 mph
1952   Reg Armstrong Norton 92.97 mph
1953   Ray Amm Norton 93.85 mph
1954   Ray Amm Norton 88.12 mph
1955   Geoff Duke Gilera 97.93 mph
1956   John Surtees MV Agusta 96.57 mph
1957   Bob McIntyre Gilera 98.99 mph
1958   John Surtees MV Agusta 98.63 mph
1959   John Surtees MV Agusta 87.94 mph
1960   John Surtees MV Agusta 102.44 mph
1961   Mike Hailwood Norton 100.61 mph
1962   Gary Hocking MV Agusta 103.51 mph
1963   Mike Hailwood MV Agusta 104.64 mph
1964   Mike Hailwood MV Agusta 100.95 mph
1965   Mike Hailwood MV Agusta 91.69 mph
1966   Mike Hailwood Honda 103.11 mph
1967   Mike Hailwood Honda 105.62 mph
1968   Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta 101.63 mph
1969   Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta 104.75 mph
1970   Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta 101.52 mph
1971   Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta 102.59 mph
1972   Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta 104.02 mph
1973   Jack Findlay Suzuki 101.55 mph
1974   Phil Carpenter Yamaha 96.99 mph
1975   Mick Grant Kawasaki 100.27 mph
1976   Tom Herron Yamaha 105.15 mph
1977   Phil Read Suzuki 106.97 mph
1978   Tom Herron Suzuki 111.74 mph
1979   Mike Hailwood Suzuki 111.75 mph
1980   Graeme Crosby Suzuki 109.65 mph
1981   Mick Grant Suzuki 106.14 mph
1982   Norman Brown Suzuki 110.98 mph
1983   Rob McElnea Suzuki 114.81 mph
1984   Rob McElnea Suzuki 115.66 mph
1985   Joey Dunlop Honda 113.69 mph
1986   Roger Burnett Honda 113.98 mph
1987   Joey Dunlop Honda 99.85 mph
1988   Joey Dunlop Honda 117.38 mph
1989   Steve Hislop Honda 118.23 mph
1990   Carl Fogarty Honda 110.95 mph
1991   Steve Hislop Honda 121.09 mph
1992   Steve Hislop Norton 121.28 mph
1993   Phillip McCallen Honda 118.32 mph
1994   Steve Hislop Honda 119.25 mph
1995   Joey Dunlop Honda 119.11 mph
1996   Phillip McCallen Honda 119.76 mph
1997   Phillip McCallen Honda 119.45 mph
1998   Ian Simpson Honda 119.79 mph
1999   David Jefferies Yamaha 121.27 mph
2000   David Jefferies Yamaha 121.95 mph
2001 Not held
2002   David Jefferies Suzuki 124.74 mph
2003   Adrian Archibald Suzuki 124.53 mph
2004   Adrian Archibald Suzuki 123.81 mph
2005   John McGuinness Yamaha 124.324 mph
2006   John McGuinness Honda 126.178 mph
2007   John McGuinness Honda 127.255 mph
2008   John McGuinness Honda 127.186 mph
2009   Steve Plater Honda 128.278 mph
2010   Ian Hutchinson Honda 128.607 mph
2011   John McGuinness Honda 128.426 mph
2012 Senior TT Cancelled due to weather conditions
2013   John McGuinness Honda 128.943 mph
2014   Michael Dunlop BMW 128.680 mph
2015   John McGuinness Honda 130.481 mph
2016   Michael Dunlop BMW 130.685 mph
2017   Michael Dunlop Suzuki 130.456 mph
2018   Peter Hickman BMW 131.700 mph
2019   Dean Harrison Kawasaki 130.824 mph

Multiple winners (riders)Edit

Rider Wins
Mike Hailwood, John McGuinness 7
Giacomo Agostini 5
Joey Dunlop, Steve Hislop, John Surtees, Stanley Woods 4
Alec Bennett, Harold Daniell, Geoff Duke, Michael Dunlop, David Jefferies, Phillip McCallen 3
Adrian Archibald, Ray Amm, Howard R Davies, Charlie Dodson, Mick Grant, Jimmie Guthrie, Tom Herron, Rob McElnea 2
Frank Applebee, Jr., Reg Armstrong, Artie Bell, Norman Brown, Roger Burnett, Phil Carpenter, Graeme Crosby, Tommy de la Hay, Jack Findlay, Carl Fogarty, Freddie Frith, Oliver Godfrey, Wal Handley, Dean Harrison, Peter Hickman, Gary Hocking, Ian Hutchinson, Tim Hunt, Bob McIntyre, Georg Meier, Steve Plater, Cyril Pullin, Phil Read, Tom Sheard, Ian Simpson, Tim Wood 1

Multiple winners (manufacturers)Edit

Marque Wins
Honda 24
Norton 20
MV Agusta 13
Suzuki 11
Yamaha 5
BMW, Sunbeam 4
Gilera, Kawasaki, Rudge, Scott 2
AJS, Douglas, HRD, Indian, Moto Guzzi 1

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Guinness Motorcycle Sport Fact Book by Ian Morrison pp120 (1991)(1st Edition) Guinness Publishing The Bath Press ISBN 978-0-85112-953-2
  2. ^ http://www.iomtt.com/News/2012/06/09/Decision-made-on-final-day-of-racing-at-the-2012-TT.aspx
  3. ^ International Tourist Trophy Regulations 2012 page 3/Appendix A page 34 ACU Events (Isle of Man) Limited (2012) Isle of Man Department of Economic Development
  4. ^ International Tourist Trophy Regulations 2012 page 19 ACU Events (Isle of Man) Limited (2012) Isle of Man Department of Economic Development
  5. ^ "New lap and race records for victorious Hickman in PokerStars Senior TT". Isle of Man TT. Duke Marketing Ltd. 8 June 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  6. ^ "TT Fact Zone". Duke Marketing Ltd.