The Isle of Man TT, the world's famous and richest motorcycle race, comes under the starter's flag on June 4.
SCU Mick Grant on motorcycle preparing to start (3 shots)
SCU Joe Dunlop and his bike (2 shots)
GV Practice laps begin
GV Mick Grant begins practice
GV Joe Dunlop on track
GV Crowd watching race practice, racers coming round track (2 shots)
GV PAN Mick Grant coming round track
GV PAN Competitors racing practice laps
GV Roger Marshall practising
GV Asa Moyce practising, crowd watching
GV Sidecar practice laps (Stephen Webster/Tony Hewitt, afterward) (3 shots)
GV Sidecars No. 1, No. 50, No. 54 (2 shots)
SPORT: MOTORCYCLE RACING
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Background: The Isle of Man TT, the world's famous and richest motorcycle race, comes under the starter's flag on June 4. The 58 kilometre (37 1/2 mile) mountain course around the Island's roads is the longest, most demanding, and physically dangerous anywhere. It still attracts top riders eager to pit their skills against the closed circuit track. An estimated one-point-six-million dollars worth of finely tuned motorcycles will be challenging both men and the clock, with 250 solo riders and 80 sidecar machined selected to compete from hundreds of applicants. In practice laps, which began on May 31, the works Suzuki, ridden by Britain's Mick Grant, was the fastest with an incredible average speed of nearly 178 kilometres per hour (114 mile per hour). Other British riders, including Joe Dunlop, Roger Marshall, and Asa Moyce, achieved speeds only fractionally slower. The sidecar units, each valued at approximately fifteen thousand U.S. dollars, have also been taking practice laps around the island track.