MOTORCYCLING; Moodie rides luck for seventh win

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JIM MOODIE had some trouble but still powered to a seventh career victory in the annual Isle of Man TT racing festival yesterday. The Glaswegian triumphed in the 600cc junior event despite the fear that the mechanical problems that had earlier cost him two races were about to strike again as his Castrol Honda developed clutch problems on the opening lap.

Moodie rode his clutch, and his luck, with a fine performance that saw him lead throughout the four laps, winning by 19 seconds from the Yorkshireman Dave Jefferies, who snatched second place from his V&M Yamaha team-mate Iain Duffus with an impressive 119.82mph final lap.

Moodie said: "The clutch went on the opening lap at Union Mills and I knew my only chance of finishing was not to use it at all. Then, at the pit-stop, during refuelling some petrol splashed up at my eye, and I was blinking so much as I rode on my contact lenses fell out."

High winds on the mountain section provided an added test for riders in the four-lap 125cc ultra-lightweight TT. The Vale of Glamorgan rider Ian Lougher steered his Honda into the lead in a first-lap dash from Glen Helen to Ramsey and from then on always had the upper hand.

Dave Morris secured his third consecutive victory in the singles TT on his Chrysalis BMW.

Results, Digest, page 29

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