Just hearing the noises of two stroke 250’s is enough to make you think there different, there’s something interesting about them.
Since 2016, 250’s have joined the Classic TT schedule as the main machines of the Lightweight class.
One racer in particular has starred, excelled, amazed with his 250 prowess in recent times, legendary New Zealander Bruce Anstey.
Class winner three times with Padgetts Racing, in 2017 he set an incredible new lap record of 120.475 mph, the first ever sub 120 mph lap by a 250 mounted racer in Mountain Course racing history.
Photo by Nick Wheeler
Ex Padgetts team mate Lee Johnston is nearest challenger to Anstey in terms of leading Lightweight Classic lap speeds, having lapped on route to race honours in 2018 at 117.919 mph.
Third quickest Lightweight Classic exponent to date is leading non Honda piloted competitor, 10 times TT winner Ian Lougher (117.742).
Others to edge past the 117 mph lap mark are two more undoubted International roads greats, Dan Sayle (117.74) and Michael Rutter (117.504).
Rounding out the fastest 250 CTT pilots from 2017-2019 are Adam McLean (116.87), the highly rated James Hind (116.601), multi Lightweight TT victor Ivan Lintin (115.733), reigning IRRC Superbike Champion Davey Todd (114.889) and Aberdare Park king Dan Cooper (114.636).
Overall 22 racers have gone 112 mph plus on two stroke steeds. Famous names not mentioned thus far to have achieved this landmark include:
The much missed Dan Kneen (114.092), current Senior TT Champion Dean Harrison (113.845), current TT Privateers Champion Jamie Coward (113.82), 19 times TT winner Michael Dunlop (113.532) and 2018 Junior Classic victor Dominic Herbertson (112.94).
Words by Stevie Rial