World Champion Giacomo Agostini of Italy rode to his fourth successive Victory in the Senior 500 cc race of the Isle of Man's annual international Tourist Trophy motorcycle meeting on Saturday (12 June).
LS Rivers and machines on starting grid
CU Agostini on machine No.6
MS Start Nos 1 and 2 push starting followed by 5 and 6 and 11 and 12 (3 shots)
No.6 (Agostini) rounding Quarter Bridge followed by No.2 and No.16 (3 shots)
LS No.6 rounding Braddon Bridge followed by No.2 and No.16 (3 shots)
MS No.82 rounding Sign Post Corner followed by No.75
MLS No.6 rounding Sign Post Corner followed by No.16 and No.2 (3 shots)
MS No.6 rounding Governor's Bridge followed by No.16 followed by No.2 (3 shots)
MLS Agostini passing chequered flag
CU Number on Agostini's machine
Initials OS/052 OS/137
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Background: World Champion Giacomo Agostini of Italy rode to his fourth successive Victory in the Senior 500 cc race of the Isle of Man's annual international Tourist Trophy motorcycle meeting on Saturday (12 June).
Agostini has now won a total of eight TT titles. Riding an MV Agusta, he won on Saturday at an average speed of 102.59 miles per hour (165.09 kph), and clocked the fastest lap of 104.86 mph (168.75 kph). Over one stretch of the 37 3/4 mile circuit (60.74 Kilometres), he reached a speed of 155 mph (249 kph).
Second was Britain's Peter Williams, riding a British Matchless machine. He was a full five minutes behind Agostini. Third was Frank Perris, also of Britain, riding a Suzuki.
The race, the last in this year's TT meeting, was marred by the death of British rider Maurice Jeffrey. He was the second rider Killed during the week. On Wednesday (9 June), Brian Finch, another British rider, was killed when his machine skidded into the front of a hotel.
SYNOPSIS: The starting grid of the Isle of Man Senior 500 cc Tourist Trophy race on Saturday. Hot favourite was World Champion Giacomo Agostini of Italy on machine number six.
The first riders get away on the first of six laps of the famous thirty-seven-and-three-quarter-mile course. Agostini, riding an MV Agusta, was hoping to collect his eighth Tourist Trophy title and his fourth successive TT victory. Machines eleven and twelve were Britain's Steve Murry and Gordon Pantall.
Agostini very quickly took the lead, chased by British riders Frank Perris on number two and Peter Williams on number sixteen. This was to be the pattern of the race for some time, but Agostini was drawing steadily away from his British rivals. On one stretch he reached a speed of one hundred-and fifty-five miles an hour, and lapped at an average speed of just over one hundred and two miles an hour.
The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy course contains a classic assortment of high speed straights and difficult corners. The racers' skill and courage are tested to the limit. World Champion Agostini put up an immaculate display on his three-cylinder machine. Well in the lead at Signpost Corner, he headed away for victory. Behind him, Williams slid past Frank Perris to take second place.
After a race marred by the death of British rider Maurice Jeffrey, Agostini took the chequered flag in the superb time of two hours, twelve minutes, twenty four point four seconds. The Italian Champion had never been seriously challenged and finished a clear five minutes ahead of Peter Williams and Frank Perris. A fine ending to the 1971 Tourist Trophy meeting for Giacomo Agostini