Senior TT

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Isle of Man 2014 Isle of Man TT Races
John McGuinness on the start-line of the Senior TT on 7 June, 2013
John McGuinness on the start-line of the Senior TT on 7 June, 2013
Race details
Date 24 May – 6 June 2014
Location Douglas, Isle of Man
Course Road Course
37.733 mi (60.725 km)
Senior TT
Pole Position Fastest Lap
England John McGuinness England John McGuinness
132.7 mph 132.7 mph
1. England John McGuinness
2. England James Hillier 3. England Ian Hutchinson

Senior Tourist Trophy is a motorcycle road race that takes place during the Isle of Man TT festival, an annual event traditionally held over the last week in May and the first week in June. The Senior TT is the Blue Riband event of the festival that takes place on the Friday of race week with 'The Marquis de Mouzilly St. Mars trophy' awarded to the winner. The event was part of the FIM Motorcycle Grand Prix World Championship during the period 1949–1976, before being transferred to the United Kingdom after safety concerns, becoming the British Grand Prix under the FIM from the 1977 GP season.[1]

Until 2012, the Senior TT had never been cancelled except during the two World Wars and during travel restrictions associated with the animal foot and mouth outbreak in 2001. However, during the 2012 TT Races, with inclement weather on the day prior to its traditional Friday race day (8 June), the decision was taken to postpone racing until the following day, Saturday, 9 June. Consequently, a course inspection was made, and following a meeting between riders and officials, the decision was made to cancel the running of the Senior race for safety reasons.[2]

Engine capacity

The 1911 TT races was the first time the Senior TT race took place and was open to 500 cc single-cylinder and 585 cc twin-cylinder motorcycles. It was won by Oliver Godfrey riding an Indian, at an average speed of 47.63 mph over five laps of the Snaefell Mountain Course that was in use for the first time that year. The 1912 event was the first to limit the Senior TT to 500 cc machines and this engine capacity prevailed until 1984.

The engine capacity was modified from the traditional (up to) 500 cc for two-strokes and is now (up to) 1,000 cc for four-strokes, although 1,000 cc machines were permitted in 1985 and 1986, 1,300 cc in 1987, 1988 and 1989, and 750 cc in 1990–1998.



  • Entrants must be in possession of a valid National Entrants or FIM Sponsors Licence for Road Racing.


The 2012 specification for entries into the Senior TT race are defined as:

  • Any machine complying with the following specifications:
    • TT Superbike: (Machines complying with the 2012 FIM Superbike and Supersport Championships specifications)
      • (Over 750cc up to 1000cc 4 cylinders 4-stroke)
      • (Over 750cc up to 1000cc 3 cylinders 4-stroke)
      • (Over 850cc up to 1200cc 2 cylinders 4-stroke)[3]
    • Supersport Junior TT (without limitation of tyre choice)
      • TT Superstock (without limitation of tyre choice)
      • Other machines admitted at the discretion of the Organisers

Official Qualification Time

  • 115% of the time set by the third fastest qualifier in the class.[4]

Speed and Lap Records

The lap record for the Senior TT class is 17 minutes and 3.567 seconds, at an average speed of 132.701 mph, set by John McGuinness during the 2015 race. The race record is 1 hour, 45 minutes and 20.394 seconds, at an average race speed of 128.943 mph, set by John McGuinness in 2013 for the 6 lap (236.38 Miles) race.

The longest race distance for a FIM Motorcycle Grand Prix World Championship event was the 500 cc 1957 TT race, over 8 laps (302.00 Miles), won by Bob McIntyre riding a 500cc Gilera, in 3 hours, 2 minutes and 57.0 seconds at an average race speed of 98.99 mph.

Senior TT Race Winners

Rider Wins
Mike Hailwood, John McGuinness 7
Giacomo Agostini 5
Joey Dunlop, Steve Hislop, John Surtees, Stanley Woods 4
Alec Bennett, Harold Daniell, Geoff Duke, David Jefferies, Phillip McCallen 3
Adrian Archibald, Ray Amm, Howard R Davies, Charlie Dodson, Mick Grant, Jimmie Guthrie, Tom Herron, Rob McElnea 2
Frank Applebee, Jr., Reg Armstrong, Artie Bell, Norman Brown, Roger Burnett, Phil Carpenter, Graeme Crosby, Michael Dunlop, Tommy de la Hay, Jack Findlay, Carl Fogarty, Freddie Frith, Oliver Godfrey, Wal Handley, Gary Hocking, Ian Hutchinson, Tim Hunt, Bob McIntyre, Georg Meier, Steve Plater, Cyril Pullin, Phil Read, Tom Sheard, Ian Simpson, Tim Wood 1

Senior TT Race Winners by Marque

Marque Wins
Honda 24
Norton 20
MV Agusta 13
Suzuki 11
Yamaha 5
Sunbeam 4
BMW, Gilera, Rudge, Scott 2
AJS, Douglas, HRD, Indian, Kawasaki, Moto Guzzi 1

See also


  1. Guinness Motorcycle Sport Fact Book by Ian Morrison pp120 (1991)(1st Edition) Guinness Publishing The Bath Press ISBN 978-0-85112-953-2
  3. International Tourist Trophy Regulations 2012 page 3/Appendix A page 34 ACU Events (Isle of Man) Limited (2012) Isle of Man Department of Economic Development
  4. International Tourist Trophy Regulations 2012 page 19 ACU Events (Isle of Man) Limited (2012) Isle of Man Department of Economic Development