2001 – PATON PG500RC “TT07” – 500
When the flag dropped on friday 10th of June 2007, 51-year-old Steve Linsdell started his 75th TT race. He’s the oldest participant this year and he wanted to race at the Centenary event on something memorable and managed to convince the organisers to let him compete on a 500GP two-stroke against the Superbike-spec machines in the Senior.
Then he had to talk his friends at the CMM Paton Team into letting him borrow it. Paton are a family business based in Milan; as a manufacturer they scored points in 500GPs as early as 1966 and from 1975 competed without interruption right up until 2001, when the 4-stroke MotoGP rule and associated expence saw them concentrated on their brand-new Classic racer. Amazingly everything came together and the bike that turned up behind the TT Grandstand is the PG500RC, a most wonderful GP mongrel. It has taken a gargantuan effort on the part of Paton and CMM Squadra Corse to bring a retired 500 to the TT to race, not just parade around. “ I don’t know a rider in the world who would take a 500GP 2-stroke down Bray Hill at 160mph on his first ever time on the bike” said Roberto Pattoni of Linsdell…”
Provenience: CMM Collezione Motociclistica Milanese