Rob McElnea brought his short but illustrious Tourist Trophy (TT) career to an end on June 8 with a superb victory in the Premier Classic Race at a record average speed of more than 116 mph (185.5 kph).
TV PAN Riders No. 1, Klaus Klein, and No. 2 Geoff Johnson start
SV PAN Joey Djunlop on 920 cc Honda (No. 3) and another rider start
SV PAN Mick Grant on r00cc Suzuki (No. 10) and Bernard Murray (No. 9) start
SV PAN Rob McElnea on 998cc Suzuki (No. 19) starts with Dennis Ireland (No. 12)
SVs PAN Dunlop, Grant and McElnea around bends (3 shots)
SV PAN Dunlop, Grant and McElnea around curves on another part of course
LV PAN McElnea approaching finish
SV McElnea takes chequered flag
SV Dunlop receives chequered flag
SV & CU McElnea (centre) on winner's rostrum with Dunlop and Grant (2 shots)
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Background: Rob McElnea brought his short but illustrious Tourist Trophy (TT) career to an end on June 8 with a superb victory in the Premier Classic Race at a record average speed of more than 116 mph (185.5 kph). McElnea, 24, from Lincolnshire, UK, romped home on his 998cc Suzuki in one hour, 56 minutes, 58.2 seconds, some 14 seconds ahead of Joey Dunlop, from Northern Ireland, on the rival 920cc Honda. Mick Grant, who was hampered by a chain that kept jumping off the sprocket of his 500 cc Suzuki, was third. The lead changed several times with Dunlop, then Grant, and finally McElnea taking front position at speeds of more than 170 mph (272 kph). McElnea had already won the Senior race on June 4, so earning himself the Mike Hailwood Man of the Meeting award. It was McElnea's third TT win and second Classic success in only three years of racing on the island, but he says he will not be returning to the TT races because he wants to concentrate on the world championships.