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Competitor Profile: Carlo Ubbiali

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Nine times World Champion between 1951 and 1960, Carlo Ubbiali also achieved five TT wins during that time; four on the 10.79 mile Clypse Course and a final victory on the 37.73 mile Mountain Course. The Italian ‘maestro’ first two years on the Mountain Course, riding for the Mondial factory earned him two runner-up places in the Lightweight 125cc races, firstly behind Cromie McCandless, then Cecil Sandford. Changing camps to MV Agusta in ‘53 resulted in what was to be a ‘rare’ D.N.F. for the fiery rider from Bergamo. In the inaugural year of the Clypse Course, 1954 he was second again, this time to NSU mounted Ruppert Hollaus in the 125’s. Nineteen Ninety-five was to be the first of ‘his’ years on the Island, taking the chequered flag in the Lightweight 125 race. Double wins followed in 1956, on 125 and 250cc MV’s against strong opposition from both NSU and Montesa. It was to be two years before he stood at the top of the podium again, in 1958, having once again taking the flag in the 125cc Race. What was to prove to be the final year of racing on the Clypse Course, Carlo gained another runner-up place in the 250cc and what he would describe as a ‘lowly’ fifth position in the 125cc class. With all racing held on the Mountain Course from 1960, the Italian’s swansong was to prove his racing expertise with yet another second place on the 250 MV behind his team mate Gary Hocking, setting a new lap record at 95.47 mph. His final TT – the Lightweight 125 gave him his fifth victory overall and first on the Mountain Course, setting new race and lap record during the 113.19-mile race. This time he was followed home by Hocking and third member of the team Luigi Taveri. His TT analysis reads: 1st = 5 times; 2nd = 7 times; 5th = Once; Retired = Twice.

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