Road Racing News

Historical TT Facts/Stats Collection 2

Switzerland’s most successful TT competitor Luigi Taveri, claimed his first of three TT triumphs in 1961, emerging victorious within the 125 Lightweight race in front of fellow famous names such as Tommy Robb and Jim Redman MBE.

Triumph’s first TT success arose 112 years ago as Jack Marshall secured Single Cylinder class honours.

Britain’s leading manufacturer at the TT Races in terms of race victories is Norton, who have to date 94 Mountain Course wins to their credit.

Brazil, Romania courtesy respectively of Rafael Paschoalin and Petre Pop both had TT representation for the first time in 2013.

Dean Harrison’s Dunlop Senior TT triumph last year was Kawasaki’s first Senior class victory since 1975 when Mick Grant took International road racing’s top prize.

13 of the top 15 finishers from the Senior TT of 1958 were Norton mounted. The only racers not piloting Norton machines were race winner the legendary John Surtees and tenth place finisher, lead BMW runner Dickie Dale.

The inaugural Superbike TT from 2005, saw the top eight finishers all record average race speeds exceeding 120 mph.

Photo by Mark Corlett

Popular first time TT winner in 2014 Conrad Harrison, celebrated last year 25 years of competitive action at the TT Races. The Bradford racer tackled the Mountain Course in 1993 alongside Lee Patterson.

Combined GP, Roads, all round racing legends Giacomo Agostini, Mike Hailwood have between them 24 victories, 32 TT podium finishes.

Entry numbers for the TT Zero races of 2010 and 2019 both stood at just nine. The overall race winner’s speed though over the past 10 years has dramatically increased from Mark Miller’s 96.82 mph to Michael Rutter’s 121.909 mph, an increase of just over 25 mph!

Words by Stevie Rial

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