INTRODUCTION: British rider Mick Grant won his sixth TT senior motorcycling event on Tuesday (9 June), in the annual classic which was this year marked by controversy.
GV Riders line up at start of race.
CU No.10 Mick Grant of GB.
CU PAN No. 8 John Ekerold of Zambia.
CU PAN No. 14 Graeme Crosby of New Zealand.
CU & LV Crowd watch as Nos. 7,8,9 and 10 start. (3 SHOTS)
TV PAN Riders at speed under bridge.
SV PAN No. 10 followed by No.15 around bend.
SV Spectators watch as group of four riders round bend. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN No. 15 round bend.
SV PAN No. 10 in lead. (2 SHOTS)
SV Spectators watching rain as Nos. 15, 30 and 9 ride down hill (2nd, 3rd and 4th). (4 SHOTS)
SB No. 10 takes chequered flag.
CU No. 10 Mick Grant receives winner's laurels.
SV Grant posing with Donny Robinson of Ireland and John Newbold of GB.
SPORT: MOTOR CYCLE RACING
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Background: INTRODUCTION: British rider Mick Grant won his sixth TT senior motorcycling event on Tuesday (9 June), in the annual classic which was this year marked by controversy. The race was originally run on Monday (8 June) but the event was declared null and void because of the weather. This provoked a bitter row between riders and officials. The riders said the race should have been allowed to continue.
SYNOPSIS: Grant, who is regarded as among the sport's great riders, turned in one of the fastest times in the history of the race to take his sixth championship.
He led at an average speed of 170 kilometres per hour (106 mph) when they took on the tight, twisting track.
Grant, who was riding number 10 machine in the T T - a works Suzuki -- took the lead from the start. The race was contested in conditions of heavy rain and poor visibility described by some riders as "appalling". A number of them were forced to retire.
The T T events are notoriously dangerous, raced on a tight course on the road around the coast of the small Isle of Man. Over two hundred riders have died since the race started 74 years ago, and this year there was one fatality.
Donny Robinson, from Northern Ireland, on number 15 pressed Grant and eventually came in second. But Grant held the lead from Robinson, and beat him to the line by two and a half minutes.
The race has been its share of controversy this year, with reports of bitter rivalry between teams. The first attempt at holding the event was declared null and void because of poor weather. Race leaders complained it should have been allowed to continue. It was re-run the next day.
But Mick Grant managed to overcome the weather, and the rest of the field, to take the chequered flag. his time was the event's fifth best ever.