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... Not sure about the current regulations for the Isle, but at least up until 2012 which is the last time I was there the Isle had no posted speed limits for daily driving. ...
There is a speed limit of 50mph between Douglas and Ramsey over the two TT weeks for the first time this year. But it seems that the road signs displaying it are too small for the fast racers to recognize them … they registered a speed of 206 mph when James Hillier passed the Sulby Glen Hotel during practice last week. …
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Peter Hickman won the Senior TT this afternoon and set a new absolute lap record of 135.452 mph. He finished the 226.4 miles long race (6 laps) in 2 seconds less than 2nd Dean Harrison. 3rd was Conor Cummins with 1 minute and 40 seconds behind Harrison.

The picture shows Peter Hickman on his Smiths BMW in today‘s Senior TT.
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In 4 weeks it‘s time for some serious road racing again … TT time on the Isle of Man … (1 week qualifying / 1 week racing … ending with the annual TT highlight, the “Senior TT“ on Friday, June 7).

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Here is a video of Peter Hickman (last year‘s “Senior TT“ winner and lap record holder) explaining the new camshaft control system called “Shiftcam“ which the new and, IMO, beautiful BMW S 1000 RR, which he‘s going to use this season, is equipped with.

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Here is a video of Peter Hickman (last year‘s “Senior TT“ winner and lap record holder) explaining the new camshaft control system called “Shiftcam“ which the new and, IMO, beautiful BMW S 1000 RR, which he‘s going to use this season, is equipped with.

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A long time ago I actually drove on that track by accident in a completely underpowered Mini/Innocenti clubman and remember some pretty steep banked corners.
A friend and I spent the holiday in Estoril and the track was right at the town's outskirts.
Lots of pines around there. The gate, track, control tower, everything was wide open and unlocked, so we had to take a spin.
If I remember correctly, a UK license plate mid size van was parked there with Mike Hailwood's name on it.

I believe at the time Estorils claim to fame was the number of deposed European monarchs among its residents
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It could have been the Americans or the British, if they could have let go of their horse-and-buggy non-metric units which unnecessarily complicate the application of Newton‘s laws of motion and other calculations, occupying brain capacity that German engineers have left for ideas. I think the Americans could have gone to the moon without those bloody Germans if they would have been used to the metric unit system. …
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It could have been the Americans or the British, if they could have let go of their horse-and-buggy non-metric units which unnecessarily complicate the application of Newton‘s laws of motion and other calculations, occupying brain capacity that German engineers have left for ideas. I think the Americans could have gone to the moon without those bloody Germans if they would have been used to the metric unit system. …
Reminds me some of the old Osram Kino Werbung skit's when I was a kid.
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A long time ago I actually drove on that track by accident in a completely underpowered Mini/Innocenti clubman and remember some pretty steep banked corners. ...
Here‘s one of the special corners of the Isle of Man TT course. The video shows the first lap of last year‘s “Senior TT“ at “Barregarrow“.

In case you wonder why there is so much distance between the riders, they start separately at 10 seconds intervals. Consider that they have a full tank in that video, which makes the bike significantly more difficult to handle at places like Barregarrow. … You should see them there in the 3rd or 6th lap when there is only little gas left in the tank.

James Hillier (2nd in the video, and the one this thread started with) had to resign from the race right there in that video. His bike‘s suspension was compressed so much at the bottom of Barregarrow that the engine‘s sump cracked on the tarmac. Michael Rutter (at 0:30) & David Johnson (at 1:26) got into trouble due to Hillier's oil on the road. … If you listen carefully, you can here the sound of Hillier‘s engine touching the ground. Took the marshalls a dangerously long time to realize that there was oil on the road.

At 0:39 you see Dean Harrison, who led most of the race and set a new lap record with an average speed of 134.918 mph in the first lap (from a standing start with a full tank)! … And at 1:30 you see “Hicky“, the winner of the race, who explains the ShiftCam in the video in post 14. He set another lap record with an average speed of 135.452 mph on the last lap. He finished the 37.7 miles long lap in 16 minutes and 43 seconds. … If you‘d do a lap on that course on a regular day by car (which takes almost one and a half hours) without knowing anything about the TT, you‘d probably call that impossible. … There are a number of spots along that course where, watching the TT for the first time, you‘d probably not believe your eyes either.

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