International motor-cycling stars are currently in the Isle of Man practising for the classic Manx TT races.
SV Camping site
SV Girl cleaning motorcycle
SV Small boy cleans cycle
SV Other contestants making adjustments
SV Side-car practice starts
SV People watching from stand
SV Motorcycles with sidecar turn corner (4 shots)
SV Sole cyclist lineup for start & away (3 shots)
CU Australian cyclist
SV No 86 around corner & away
SV No 19 around corner & away
SV No 1010 into straight & away
SV People watch
SV Riders past camera
SV Agostini after practice
Initials SGM/1731 SGM/1949
SPORT: MOTOR CYCLE RACING
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Background: International motor-cycling stars are currently in the Isle of Man practising for the classic Manx TT races. Visnews has been taking a look at the tricky, mountainous circuit of the island where the fastest men on two wheels will be doing battle for top trophies over the next week.
Leading contenders is World Champion Giacomo Agostini if Italy. For three successive years he has won the senior 500 cc event and the junior 350 cc event. Now he will be bidding for his fourth victory in both races.
SYNOPSIS: In the Isle of Man, the big attraction for the next seven days will be the classic Many TT races. On Thursday, final adjustments were made for a day of practice racing on the island tricky mountainous circuit.
The world's fastest men on two wheels prepare to do battle for the sport's top trophies. In the sidecar events, top average speeds returned were over 88 miles an hour for 500 co machine and over 92 miles an hour for 750 cc entrants.
Once again, the solo events threaten to be dominated by Giacamo Agosting the double world champ from Italy. For three successive year he has won the senior 500 event and the junior 350 co racer. Now he will be challenging for his fourth victory. He again put up the fastest speed in Thursday's practice. In fact, he was so far ahead of the rest of the field that he was the only rider on 500 and 350 co-machines to lap at over 100 miles an hour.
So this men Agostini, unrivalled King of the motor-cycle circuit looks set for another victory sweep in the week's Isle of Man races.