Michael Dunlop is to ride a replica of the 1957 500cc Gilera four during August 2017’s Classic TT, to celebrate the first lap of the TT Mountain Course at more than 100mph, set by Scot Bob McIntyre 50 years earlier.
The Ulster rider has joined forces with Black Eagle Racing, creators of the accurate replica, to ride the Gilera resplendent with the full ‘dustbin’ fairing as used by McIntyre. The Classic TT takes place from August 19 to September 1.
The Gilera will be prepared by the Kay family of Black Eagle Racing, with Dunlop attempting to mark the 60th anniversary of McIntyre’s famous lap by completing a lap in excess of 100mph. McIntyre lapped at 101.03mph in the 1957 TT before raising the record to 101.12mph on a course that was more challenging than it is today.
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