2017 Senior Classic TT Results
The 2017 Classic TT got underway Saturday with the Bennett Senior Classic TT. With last year’s winner, 23-time Isle of Man TT winner John McGuinness (Paton) out with injury, everyone had a decent shot at claiming the win.
And it was another Paton that won the Classic Senior TT, this one piloted by the Australian Josh Brookes. The Team Winfield Paton rider finished 34 seconds ahead of Ted Woof Norton’s Jamie Coward. Claiming third was Davies Motorsport Honda’s William Dunlop.
This was Brookes first-ever win on the 37.73-mile Isle of Man TT Mountain Course.
“My first board wasn’t updated and the second board had me at ‘P +0 so I gave it everything I’d got and risked blowing the engine. It was nice to be able to fill in for John which is a great honor but also to win the race for the team,” Brookes says.
Following is the official Senior Classic TT Recap:
After a short delay to clear an oil spill on Bray Hill, the Isle of Man Classic TT Races roared into life at 11.45am. Last year’s race winner, 23 time TT Race winner John McGuinness, was the official race starter as he continues his recovery from injuries sustained in his North-West 200 accident.
Ian Lougher, the 2014 race winner, had the honor of being first away on the John Chapman Racing MV Agusta but the Welsh rider was reported as a retirement at Greeba Bridge on the opening lap. Dean Harrison on the Black Eagle Racing MV was also out of the race on the opening lap at Ballagarey while Michael Rutter was unhurt after sliding out at Ballacraine on his Ripley Land Racing Matchless bike.