Joey Dunlop of Northern Ireland won the Classic race at the Tourist Trophy (T.T.) motorcycle meeting on the Isle of Man.
SV Riders on line at start of Classic TT race at Isle of man with spectators watching (2 shots)
SV PAN First two riders leave starting line
SV & BV Other riders starting (2 shots)
CU PAN Winner Joey Dunlop (No. 3) rounds bend
CU PAN Graeme McGregor (No. 6)
CU PAN Mick Grant (No. 12), who finished second, rounds bend
CU PAN Ron Haslam (No 8) who finished third, rounds bend
SV Crowd watches as Dunlop leads from Grant and Haslam (4 shots)
TV PAN Dunlop leading from Grant and Haslam passing through village (3 shots)
CU PAN Dunlop, Grant and haslam around bend and down straight section
SV PAN Crowd in stand applauds as Dunlop gets chequered flag
CU Dunlop takes off crash helmet as photographers gather round (2 shots)
CU Dunlop wearing winner's laurel
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Background: Joey Dunlop of Northern Ireland won the Classic race at the Tourist Trophy (T.T.) motorcycle meeting on the Isle of Man. He clinched victory in the final lap when he became the first rider even to lap the famous 37-and-three-quarter mile (60.75 kms) circuit at more than 115 miles per hour (185 k.p.h.). But the event on Friday (6 June) was marred by another death on the controversial course.
SYNOPSIS: The Classic race took place on the final day of the six-day T.T. meeting. And the rider to die, Roger Corbett of Britain, was the third to be killed during the week. A total of 128 riders have now died since the T.T. races began in 1907.
But Dunlop, ridding bike number three, kept out of trouble from the start on his tow-year-old Yamaha.
Mick Grant of Britain, on bike number twelve, made a slow start on his Honda.
The other leading contender, riding number eight, was Ron Haslam, also of Britain.
Dunlop, a 28-year-old motorcycle mechanic, built up an early lead, but after three of the six laps, Grant was beginning to press the Ulsterman. Haslam was third.
As the three riders continued to dominate the race, the crucial moment came when they were forced to refuel. Grant and Haslam, who are members of the works Honda team, took advantage of their pit crew's superior fuelling equipment to make up valuable time on Dunlop. The Yamaha rider, who was also bothered by a loose petrol tank, took about 45 seconds longer than Grant to refuel and his valuable lead was whittled away.
But Dunlop produced an astonishing last lap of 19 minutes 38.8 seconds. And he finished 20 seconds ahead of Grant, with Haslam third.
Dunlop had intended to retire from the sport following the recent death of his brother-in-law during a race in Ulster. But after winning the 266-mile (364 km) Classic, he said he would continue racing.