INTRODUCTION: British motorcyclist Steve Tonkin set a record average speed when he won the Junior TT on the Isle of Man on Wednesday (10 June).
GV Bikes on grid and spectators in grandstand. (2 SHOTS)
GV PAN Bikes being push start away. (3 SHOTS)
GV Bike No.15 driven by eventual winner Steve Tonkin rounding bend.
GV Bike No.20 ridden by Bob Jackson (2nd) rounding bends.
GV Bike No.8 ridden by Charlie Williams (3rd) rounding bend and onto straight.
GV Bike No.15 (Tonkin) rounding bend and catching up tail-ender.
SV Bike No.20 rounding bend and onto straight.
SV No.15 rounding sharp bend, followed by No.20 and No.8 (3 SHOTS)
GV Bike No.15 takes chequered flag to win PAN TO crowd.
SV Winner Tonkin walking towards rostrum and spraying champagne on rostrum. (2 SHOTS)
SPORT: MOTORCYCLE RACING
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Background: INTRODUCTION: British motorcyclist Steve Tonkin set a record average speed when he won the Junior TT on the Isle of Man on Wednesday (10 June). The event was raced over a total distance of about 364 kilometres (226 miles).
SYNOPSIS: The Junior TT was raced over six laps of the 60 kilometre (nearly 38 mile) course of roads running around the Isle of Man. The tight course is renowned for the demands it makes on riders. The event was for solo machines of between 176 and 250 cc.
Steve Tonkin, number 15, was riding a Bolton-built Armstrong, powered by an Austrian Rotax engine. The combination of British rider and predominantly British machine meant the victory was a boost for the nation's prestige in the sport. Tonkin made use of the Armstrong's power, pushing it to high speeds.
Number 20, fellow Briton Bob Jackson, was one of the riders who tried to attack Tonkin's lead. Jackson took up the challenge after the retirement of Australian Graeme McGregor because of mechanical troubles. Before he retired McGregor had boosted the lap record to 175.73 kilometres per hour (109.22 miles per hour).
Tonkin took the chequered flag, having waved happily to spectators for the last part of the race, along a distance of 32 kilometres (about 20 miles). Bob Jackson came in second, one minute behind.