1987

Classic Racer - - PRODUCTION TT -

Poor weather af­fected the 80th an­niver­sarytt in 1987 and the Pro­duc­tion A and C classes, due to be held on Fri­day, the fi­nal race day of the week, were moved to the Satur­day. Al­though the Se­nior took place, al­beit cut to four laps, the weather was too foul for the Pro­duc­tion races to take place and they were can­celled. It was the first time ATT race was com­pletely aban­doned. The new Fzr1000yamaha had topped the prac­tice leader­board in the hands of John­son and Dave Leach but it looked like it would be a close race be­tween them, John­son’s Loc­titeyamaha team-mate Na­tion and the GSXR1000 Suzukis of Wil­son, Mel­lor, Glenn Wil­liams and Rob Haynes.the CBR600 Honda had dom­i­nated prac­tice week in the C class but it was all to no avail. John­son’s mo­ment of glory had come ear­lier in the week in the three-lap Pro­duc­tion B race but only af­ter Na­tion had run out of fuel. Aided by a new lap record of 111.64mph, he was lead­ing by an im­pres­sive 24-sec­onds when the tank ran dry just three miles from the fin­ish but what was left en­abled him to limp home in third. That en­abled John­son, who was rapidly get­ting the tag of ‘Mr Pro­duc­tion’ to take his third win in four years but it was tight as new star Mor­ri­son was only 4.6s adrift at the che­quered flag on his GSXR750 Suzuki.the con­sis­tent Wil­son took fourth. At the same time, the D class was tak­ing place and the FZR four-stroke 400ccyamaha proved more than a match for the 250cc two-strokes, with Wood­land mak­ing it a great day for Loc­titeyamaha with the vic­tory and Wheeler tak­ing sec­ond on a sim­i­lar ma­chine, al­though he was al­most a minute be­hind. A brave ride by Ox­ley on histzr250 Yamaha saw him take third, just a sec­ond be­hind Wheeler, with Can­nell in fourth and a thirdtzr in fifth in the hands of a cer­tain Steve His­lop.

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