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Disqualifications may signal crackdown on Classic TT cheats

Organisers of the Classic TT have clarified what happened after the Superbike race when two Kawasaki ZXR750s were disqualified from the results, and two other ZXR750 teams declined to submit their machines to examination, and knocked themselves out of the results sheet.

The statement said: “The first three bikes in the Superbike Classic TT Race were selected for post-race eligibility checks. The machines that finished second (Dean Harrison - Silicone Engineering) and third (James Hillier - Greenall Racing) were found to have oversized engines. At that point the machines that finished in the next places were called for the same checks. At this point the machines of Jamie Coward (Mistral Racing) and Horst Saiger (Greenall Racing) were removed from the result by the respective teams, effectively disqualifying themselves.

“This promoted the machine of William Dunlop into a provisional third place, at which point his machine went through the same eligibility checks and was found to comply with the rules. At this point a final result was declared. There were no technical infringements recorded involving the use of quick-shifters and no official protests were lodged by any team or rider.”


Paddock gossip suggests that the capacity of the guilty machines was around 830 to 840cc. There were also rumours that one or more of the ZXRs was equipped with a quick-shifter system, although the organisers’ statement appears to dispel that.

This is believed to be the first year in the Classic TT’s four-year history that automatic post-race technical checks have been carried out on the first three machines in the races. Previously, the only way in which an outlaw bike could have been uncovered was if another competitor had lodged a protest. The Classic TT organisers appear to be demonstrating that cheating will not be tolerated in the future.

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