1926 Isle of Man TT

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Further changes occurred in the 1926 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy with the scrapping of the Side-Car TT and Ultra-Lightweight TT Races from the lack of entries. Most of the TT Course had now been tarmacked, including the Snaefell Mountain Section. Another change in 1926 was the ban on alcohol based fuels, forcing competitors to use road petrol. Despite these changes the prestige of the Isle of Man TT Races had encouraged the Italian motor-cycle manufacturers Bianchi, Garelli and Moto Guzzi to enter.

The 7 lap (264.11 miles) 1926 Junior TT race was won by Alec Bennett riding a 350 cc overhead-camshaft Velocette motor-cycle, in 3 hours, 57 minutes and 37 seconds, at an average speed of 66.70 mph.

The 1926 Lightweight TT Race produced one of the most notorious events in the history of the Isle of Man TT Races, described by "The Motor-Cycle" Magazine as the "Guzzi Incident." The Italian rider Pietro Ghersi was excluded from second place for using a different sparking-plug in the engine of his Moto Guzzi. Despite the competition from the Italian marques the 1926 Lightweight TT Race was won by 'Paddy' Johnston riding a Cotton motor-cycle, in 4 hours, 23 minutes and 16 seconds, at an average speed of 60.24 mph for the 7 lap race.

The 1926 Senior TT Race was less controversial and was won by Stanley Woods riding for Norton for the first-time by 4 minutes from Wal Handley. The 1926 Senior TT Race produced the first 70 mph (113 km/h) lap and was again set by Jimmie Simpson on an AJS motorcycle in 32 minutes and 9 seconds an average speed of 70.43 mph.

Senior TT (500 cc)

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 Republic of Ireland Stanley Woods Norton 67.54 mph
2 United Kingdom Wal Handley Rex-Acme 66.31
3 United Kingdom Frank Longman AJS 66.03
4 United Kingdom Joe Craig Norton 64.75
5 United Kingdom C P Wood HRD 64.02
6 United Kingdom George Rowley AJS 63.96
7 Italy Achille Varzi Sunbeam 0
8 United Kingdom S P Jackson HRD 0
9 United Kingdom Kenneth Twemlow HRD 0
10 United Kingdom Graham Walker Sunbeam 0

Junior TT (350 cc)

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 United Kingdom Alec Bennett Velocette 66.704 mph
2 United Kingdom Jimmie Simpson AJS 63.903
3 United Kingdom Wal Handley Rex-Acme 63.375
4 United Kingdom Freddie Dixon Douglas 63.249
5 United Kingdom Gus Kuhn Velocette 62.345
6 United Kingdom J G Burney Royal Enfield 60.849
7 United Kingdom C W Hough AJS 0
8 United Kingdom Frank Longman AJS 0
9 United Kingdom G F Povey Velocette 0
10 United Kingdom J Amott Montgomery 0

Lightweight TT (250 cc)

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 Republic of Ireland C. W. Johnston Cotton 60.204 mph
2 United Kingdom F G Morgan Cotton 55.129
3 United Kingdom W Colgan Cotton 53.532
4 United Kingdom S H Jones New Imperial 53.049
5 United Kingdom W F Bicknell Royal Enfield 48.471
6 United Kingdom E Archibald OK-Supreme 0
7 United Kingdom Sid Gleave Diamond 0
8 United Kingdom G W Shepherd New Imperial 0
9 United Kingdom J G Burney Royal Enfield 0 DNF
10 United Kingdom Syd Crabtree Crabtree 0

External links

  • Detailed race results
  • Isle of Man TT winners
  • Mountain Course map
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