Discussion in 'Access Norton Pub' started by bpjthornton, Feb 7, 2018.
JM had nothing bad to say about the machine. Good Luck, Josh Brookes.
No, I’m sure it wasn’t it was none other than Giacomo Agostini, who started the ball rolling after an Italian teammate was killed on the island.
That's entirely possible as The TT may have already been taken off the GP calendar by Roberts' time? That's what happens when you try to work from memory.
In 1972 was the last time Ago raced at the island, in 1976, the Isle of Man TT lost its world championship status and was transferred to the United Kingdom by the FIM.
Ago shocked the world by boycotting that race after the death of his close friend Gilberto Parlotti in the 1972 TT. Other top riders joined his protest, and by 1977 the TT was struck from the Grand Prix calendar. Ago commanded that much power in the racing world. The Isle of Man TT was part of the FIM Motor-Cycle Grand Prix World Championship (now MotoGP) between 1949 and 1976. During this period the Isle of Man TT Races counted as the United Kingdom round including the Sidecar TT, 50 cc Ultra-Lightweight TT, 125 cc Lightweight TT, 250 cc Lightweight TT, 350 cc Junior TT and 500 cc Senior TT races counted towards the FIM Motor-Cycle Grand Prix World Championship. After the 1972 races, multiple world champion and dominant motorcycle racer of his time Giacomo Agostini announced he would never race again at the Isle of Man, declaring it too dangerous for international competition and that it was outrageous that such a race should never[clarification needed] be part of a scenario where riders were forced to do such a race; at this point the Isle of Man TT was not suited to the growing professionalism and business aspects of Grand Prix motorcycle racing. More and more riders joined his boycott, and after 1976 the race was stricken from the championship and replaced by the British Grand Prix.
Riding Agostini’s MV Agusta 350;
Norton’s in the paddock earlier today.
A bottle of champers to Norton and Josh Brookes for finishing 5th in Fridays Senior TT- well done!
2018 Isle of Man TT: Senior TT Top Six Results
Pos. Rider Machine/Team Time Speed
1 Peter Hickman BMW/Smiths Racing 1:43:08.065 131.700 mph
2 Dean Harrison Kawasaki/Silicone Engineering 1:43:10.126 131.656 mph
3 Conor Cummins Honda/PadgettsMotorcycles.com 1:44:50.559 129.554 mph
4 Michael Dunlop BMW/Tyco BMW 1:45:45.315 128.436 mph
5 Joshua Brookes Norton 1:46:09.904 127.940 mph
6 Gary Johnson Kawasaki/RAF Regulars & Reserves 1:47:06.818 126.807 mph