Lightweight TT

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After a weather delay of 24 hours, Ryan Farquhar (2), the winner of the Lightweight TT on his KMR Kawasaki ER-6 650 cc ready at the TT Grandstand startline, 9 June 2012 Start lightweight TT IMG 0018.jpg
After a weather delay of 24 hours, Ryan Farquhar (2), the winner of the Lightweight TT on his KMR Kawasaki ER-6 650 cc ready at the TT Grandstand startline, 9 June 2012

The Lightweight TT is a motorcycle road race that is a part of the Isle of Man TT festival - an annual motorcycle event traditionally held over the last week of May and first week of June.

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History

The Lightweight class was first present at the 1920 TT races, as a category in the Junior TT. However it was not until 1922 that the first time the Lightweight TT took place, won by Geoff S. Davison riding a Levis, at an average speed of 49.89 mph (80.29 km/h) for 5 laps of the Snaefell Mountain Course. Between 1949 and 1976, the Lightweight race was part of the Grand Prix motorcycle racing season.

The event was dropped from the 2005 race calendar due to lack of entries. The Lightweight TT and the Ultra-Lightweight TT were later reinstated to the 2008 & 2009 race schedules, but were held on the 4.25 mile Billown Circuit in the south of the Isle of Man. [1] For the 2010 races, the Lightweight TT was again dropped from the race schedule on cost grounds.

The event was re-introduced for the 2012 races on the Mountain course, with a change to water-cooled four-stroke twin cylinder engines not exceeding 650 cc and complying with the ACU Standing Regulations. [2]

The Lightweight category

There have been several different categories of motorcycle that can compete in this event. In the 1950s and 1960s, the principal TT solo events were the Senior (500 cc), Junior (350 cc), and Lightweight (250 cc, or sometimes 125 cc). The 125 cc class was occasionally called the "Ultra-Lightweight" class.

Currently the Lightweight class comprises road-based "Super-Twin" solo machines with liquid-cooled four-stroke engines of up to 650 cc engine capacity.

Eligibility

Entrants

Machines

The 2012 specification for entries into the Lightweight TT race are defined as;-

Official Qualification Time

Speed and lap records

The lap record for the Lightweight TT is held by Michael Dunlop in a time of 18 minutes and 26.543 seconds, at an average speed of 122.750 mph (197.547 km/h) set during the 2018 race. The race record for the 4 lap (150.73 miles/242.58 km) Lightweight TT is a time of 1 hour, 15 minutes and 05.032 seconds, at an average race speed of 120.601 mph (194.088 km/h), also held by Dunlop during the 2018 race. [5] [6]

List of Lightweight TT Winners

[7] [8]

YearRiderManufacturerAverage Race Speed
1922 Ulster Banner.svg Geoff S. Davison Levis 49.49 mph
1923 Flag of Scotland.svg Jock Porter New Gerrard 51.93 mph
1924 Flag of England.svg Edwin Twemlow New Imperial 55.44 mph
1925 Flag of England.svg Edwin Twemlow New Imperial 57.74 mph
1926 Flag of Ireland.svg C. W. Johnston Cotton 57.74 mph
1927 Flag of England.svg Wal Handley Rex-Acme 63.3 mph
1928 Flag of England.svg Frank Longman OK-Supreme 62.9 mph
1929 Flag of England.svg Syd Crabtree Excelsior 63.87 mph
1930 Flag of Scotland.svg Jimmie Guthrie AJS 64.71 mph
1931 Flag of England.svg Graham Walker Rudge 68.98 mph
1932 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Leo Davenport New Imperial 70.48 mph
1933 Flag of England.svg Syd Gleave Excelsior 71.59 mph
1934 Flag of England.svg Jimmy Simpson Rudge 70.81 mph
1935 Flag of Ireland.svg Stanley Woods Moto Guzzi 71.56 mph
1936 Flag of England.svg Bob Foster New Imperial 74.28 mph
1937 Flag of Italy.svg Omobono Tenni Moto Guzzi 74.72 mph
1938 Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg Ewald Kluge DKW 78.48 mph
1939 Flag of England.svg Ted Mellors Benelli 74.26 mph
1940-1946Not held
1947 Flag of Ireland.svg Manliffe Barrington Moto Guzzi 73.22 mph
1948 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Maurice Cann Moto Guzzi 75.12 mph
1949 Flag of Ireland.svg Manliffe Barrington Moto Guzzi 77.99 mph
1950 Flag of Italy.svg Dario Ambrosini Benelli 78.08 mph
1951 Flag of England.svg Tommy Wood Moto Guzzi 81.39 mph
1952 Flag of Scotland.svg Fergus Anderson Moto Guzzi 83.82 mph
1953 Flag of Scotland.svg Fergus Anderson Moto Guzzi 84.73 mph
1954 Flag of Germany.svg Werner Haas NSU 90.88 mph
1955 Flag of England.svg Bill Lomas MV Agusta 71.37 mph
1956 Flag of Italy.svg Carlo Ubbiali MV Agusta 67.05 mph
1957 Flag of England.svg Cecil Sandford Mondial 75.80 mph
1958 Flag of Italy.svg Tarquinio Provini MV Agusta 76.89 mph
1959 Flag of Italy.svg Tarquinio Provini MV Agusta 77.77 mph
1960 Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953-1963).svg Gary Hocking MV Agusta 93.64 mph
1961 Flag of England.svg Mike Hailwood Honda 98.38 mph
1962 Flag of England.svg Derek Minter Honda 96.68 mph
1963 Flag of Rhodesia (1964-1968).svg Jim Redman Honda 94.85 mph
1964 Flag of Rhodesia (1964-1968).svg Jim Redman Honda 97.45 mph
1965 Flag of Rhodesia (1964-1968).svg Jim Redman Honda 97.19 mph
1966 Flag of England.svg Mike Hailwood Honda 101.79 mph
1967 Flag of England.svg Mike Hailwood Honda 103.07 mph
1968 Flag of England.svg Bill Ivy Yamaha 99.58 mph
1969 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Kel Carruthers Benelli 95.95 mph
1970 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Kel Carruthers Yamaha 96.13 mph
1971 Flag of England.svg Phil Read Yamaha 98.02 mph
1972 Flag of England.svg Phil Read Yamaha 99.68 mph
1973 Flag of England.svg Charlie Williams Yamaha 100.05 mph
1974 Flag of England.svg Charlie Williams Yamaha 94.16 mph
1975 Flag of England.svg Chas Mortimer Yamaha 101.78 mph
1976 Flag of England.svg Tom Herron Yamaha 103.55 mph
1977-1994Not held
1995 Ulster Banner.svg Joey Dunlop Honda 115.68 mph
1996 Ulster Banner.svg Joey Dunlop Honda 115.31 mph
1997 Ulster Banner.svg Joey Dunlop Honda 115.59 mph
1998 Ulster Banner.svg Joey Dunlop Honda 96.61 mph
1999 Flag of England.svg John McGuinness Honda 116.79 mph
Flag of New Zealand.svg Paul Williams Honda 109.01 mph
2000 Ulster Banner.svg Joey Dunlop Honda 116.01 mph
Flag of New Zealand.svg Brett Richmond Honda 104.00 mph
2001 Not held
2002 Flag of New Zealand.svg Bruce Anstey Yamaha 115.32 mph
Flag of the Isle of Man.svg Richard Quayle Honda 109.27 mph
2003 Flag of England.svg John McGuinness Honda 109.52 mph
2004 Flag of England.svg John McGuinness Honda 110.28 mph
2005-2007Not Held
2008 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ian Lougher Honda 100.741 mph
2009 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ian Lougher Honda 101.168 mph
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ian Lougher Honda 100.273 mph
2010-2011Not Held
2012 Ulster Banner.svg Ryan Farquhar Kawasaki 114.155 mph
2013 Flag of England.svg James Hillier Kawasaki 117.694 mph
2014 Flag of England.svg Dean Harrison Kawasaki 117.460 mph
2015 Flag of England.svg Ivan Lintin Kawasaki 118.936 mph
2016 Flag of England.svg Ivan Lintin Kawasaki 118.454 mph
2017 Flag of England.svg Michael Rutter Paton 118.645 mph
2018 Ulster Banner.svg Michael Dunlop Paton 120.601 mph
2019 Ulster Banner.svg Michael Dunlop Paton 121.646 mph

Race winners (riders)

RiderWins
Joey Dunlop 6
Charlie Williams 5
Mike Hailwood, Jim Redman 3
Fergus Anderson, Manliff Barrington, Kel Carruthers, Michael Dunlop, Ivan Lintin, Ian Lougher, Phil Read, Tarquinio Provini, Eric Twemlow2
Dario Ambrosini, Bruce Anstey, Maurice Cann, Syd Crabtree, Ryan Farquhar, Gary Hocking, Jimmie Guthrie, Wal Handley, Werner Haas, Dean Harrison, Tom Herron, James Hillier, Bill Ivy, Ewald Kluge, John McGuinness, Ted Mellors, Derek Minter, Jack A. Porter, Richard Quayle, Jimmie Simpson, Omobono Tenni, Carlo Ubbiali, Graham Walker, Stanley Woods 1

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