faffi Posted August 19, 2014 Report Share Posted August 19, 2014 In 1957, Bob McIntyre did a race lap of 101.12 mph on a Gilera 500. Back then, the road around the island was in a much poorer state than what is the case today. Not to mentioned the tyres and suspension bits they used, as well as the fuel available back then.Now, during the QP for the Classic TT:John McGuinness clocked an opening lap of 104.599mph in the 500cc session on the Team Winfield Paton and improved to 107.652mph to head team-mate Ryan Farquhar (104.353mph), with Dunlop third at 102.962mph. In 1957, Bob McIntyre also did a race lap of 97.42 mph in the 350 class, again on a Gilera.This year:In the 350cc session, Alan Oversby was the only rider over 100mph (100.046) from Blackpool's Roy Richardson (98.759) on the '68 Aermacchi.If we look at 1968, Agostini lapped a 350 MV Agusta at 104.78 mph during the race.Which begs the question; how good were these men of an era long gone? Perhaps better than I have given them credit for. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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