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The First All Japanese Victory for the  1963 50cc TT
But they could not shake off Anscheidt
Based on an article by Peter Howdle in a Motorcycle magazine with extra text and pictures by JEEP (the editor)
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Don Juler (Itom) pushes in to complete two laps at an average speed of 46.37 mph in Fridays 50cc TT race
HISTORY was made in the Isle of Man on Friday when Mitsuo Itoh became the first Japanese rider to win a TT race riding a Suzuki ; he won the three-lap, 
50 cc race at a record average speed of 78. 81 mph. His German team-mate Ernst Degner raised his own lap record from 75.52 to 79.10 mph before retiring through a magneto failure on his RM63 model Suzuki.
The finish of the race was one of the most exciting ever seen in the Island with Itoh being chased over the line by second place man Hugh Anderson, also on a Suzuki, and the world championship leader Hans-Georg Anscheidt, on a Kreidler.
The first five had all put up faster lap speed averages than the previous lap record but, out of only 18 starters, a mere eight riders completed the 113.2 miles race.
With such a poor entry, grave doubts were cast on the future of the 50 cc class as a TT attraction. Many would have preferred a massed start, while others yearned for a race over the now disused Clypse Circuit. As expected, the race was dominated by works 50 cc machines entered by Suzuki and Kreidler.
Looking at the picture of Don Juler it is interesting to note that he did so well considering he was riding a converted road going moped, did not have the technology of the works teams and his exhaust system, being the "Cow Horn" did not have the benefit of a tuned expansion system.
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The  1963 TT Winning Suzuki RM63 50cc 
The works Kreidlers were sluggish starters. Bert Schneider, racing a 50 cc Suzuki for the first time, literally streaked away from Anscheidt when they set off together. Similarly, Anderson shot clear of Alberto Pagani. At Crosby, a mere five miles out, Schneider stopped with a suspected big end seizure. So Anscheidt took the lead, but Anderson quickly caught him and led the race at Ballacraine.
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Alberto Pagani (29 August 1938 –11 September 2017) was an Italian professional Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. His best year was in 1972 when he finished second in the 500cc world championship, behind his MV Agusta team-mate, Giacomo Agostini.  He rode for the Kreidler team in 1963 on No.3 but did not finish.
The young rider by No.3 is Alberto Pagani the No.2 machine was ridden by H. G. Anscheidt.
On the road to Kirk Michael the order was Anderson, Anscheidt, Degner, Pagani and ltoh. At Sulby, Anscheidt was in front again, and Degner passed Anderson. On corrected time, this put Degner in the lead. Five minutes went by before the next man appeared. He was Mike Simmonds, on a Tohatsu single. The rest of the field were soon miles behind.
Others who stopped were Harry Crowder, on a modified Kreidler Florett roadster, who ran out of sparks at Laurel Bank; Peter Foster (Dot) and Allan Hutchings (Benelli), whose engines went sick before Ramsey.
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Horace (Crasher) Crowder in the 1963 50cc TT on the Woolly Kreidler
With their 12 speeds, the Kreidlers were far better equipped for the Mountain climb than the nine-speed Suzukis, and Anscheidt managed to inch past again. Pagani, having cooked a plug, stopped at the Bungalow and left his Kreidler team mate to chase the Suzukis. Sweeping down to Keppel Gate, Anscheidt still led on the road, but he couldn't shake off Degner or Anderson. And Itoh, though clear of this trio, was gaining ground fast. Behind him came more Suzuki reinforcements from Isao Morishita and Michio Ichino.
The Woolley Kreidler was a converted and tuned Florette road going moped. It was raced in the 50cc TT of 1962 and then again in this, the 1963 races. It re-surfaced after a beautiful restoration, at the TTRA Parade in the Isle of Man during the 2002 TT week.
When they flashed past the grandstand it was seen that, from a standing start, the first six had all cracked last year's lap record!
The first privateer was easily 18 year old Ian Plumridge No.36 (Val Knapp Production Honda CR110), who beat Mike Simmonds into seventh position. Long after the leaders had completed their second lap, Bert Fruin then filling twelfth place retired at the end of a very slow first lap. His engine melted a couple of spark plugs, and the two-speed box coupled to his three-speed Dartela kept jumping out of gear. “I’ve never finished in this race, and this will be my last ride,” said the 53 year old enthusiast. His lap took over an hour, averaging a mere, 37.42 mph.
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Picture shows Ian Plumridge on the Val Knapp CR110 Honda competing in the 1963 50cc TT
Degner, having clipped over seven seconds of his own lap record, pushed the speed up to 78.46 mph from a standing start. He continued to lead Itoh on the second lap, hoisting the 50 cc record to a fantastic 79.10 mph, despite a partial engine seizure! The first “80” by a “50” looked probable, but Degner slowed down on the last lap before quitting the race when he ran out of sparks. And so, with the announcement that the first five had broken Degner’s new record on their second lap, Itoh was on his way to a first ever win by an Oriental jockey.
Only a few feet apart, the leaders buzzed like wasps along the Mountain road for the last time. Thick white cloud shrouded Snaefell, but visibility at road level was perfect.
Still Anscheidt refused to yield slipping past the Suzukis at every opportunity, but failing to get away from them. His front fork hydraulic damping system was proving troublesome and again he relinquished the lead on the road before reaching Black Hut.
By the Bungalow, Itoh was eight seconds up, while Anderson was only two seconds down on him. Finally, they tailed one another through the dip at Governor's Bridge to sprint to an impressive finish. On corrected time, Itoh beat Anderson by 17 seconds, while Anscheidt took third place 32 seconds behind the winner.
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Mitsuo Itoh
Ian Plumridge finally made the leader board, the CR110 production racer was no match for the works machines but it ran faultlessly, never missing a beat, for the full three laps. Unfortunately he just missed a Bronze Replica, while Bill Ivy, suffering from cramp, brought home the Sheene Special into seventh place and, after seizing up at Creg-ny-Baa, Mike Simmonds pushed in to finish eighth.
Don Juler, who was able to rejoin the race after stopping at the pits to adjust a slack gear control cable, was the only surviving Itom and raced on until he was flagged off on the third lap due to the time limit and never crossed the finish line to complete the three laps.
Only 18 starts. Only eight finishers. That was the thing that spoilt the race. But to hear the Japanese National Anthem acclaim Itoh as Japan’s first winner was an historic occasion that the crowd will remember for many years to come.
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On the left: Mitsuo Itoh after winning the 50cc class at the 1963 Isle of Man TT. The first and only Japanese rider to win a TT.
On the right:  Mitsuo-Ito being congratulated on his win by Hugh Anderson and Hans-Georg Anscheidt in the 1963 50cc TT


RACE RESULT - 3 laps of the Mountain Circuit - 113.2 miles
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His brother, Dave, on a twin of the same make, was among the five first lap retirements when his right hand cylinder seized going down Bray Hill.
Mike Simmonds on the single cylinder 50cc Tohatsu, which he brought in to 8th place.
Record lap; E Degner. W Germany
(Suzuki) 28m 37.2s--79.10 mph.
Silver replica time: 1lh.36m67s
Bronze replica time 1 h 43m24.6s
N0 manufacturers’ or club team prize awarded.
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Mitsuo Itoh Article Part 1
Mitsuo Itoh Article Part 2
Dave Simmonds 50cc Tohatsu Twin 1963 TT
Mitsuo Itoh Race Kit
The Brian Woolley Kreidler 2002 TTRA Parade Isle of Man TT
The Brian Woolley Kreidler 2002 TTRA Parade Isle of Man TT
Anderson - Degner - Ichino
Pagani - Anderson - Degner
1 Schneider - 2 Anscheidt - 3 Pagani - 4 Anderson
FIRST LAP LEADERS
E. Degner........................(Suzuki) 28 51.2 (78.46 m.p.h.)
M. Itoh ........................... ( Suzuki) 28 51.5 (78.43 m.p.h.)
H. Anderson ............... (Suzuki) 28 59.4 (78.09 m.p.h.)
H. G. Anscheidt ........ (Kreidler) 29 92 (77.65 m.p.h.)
I. Morishita ................. (Suzuki) 29 22.6 (77.06 m.p.h.)
M. Inchino .....................(Suzuki) 29 4.8 (76.19 m.p.h.)
SECOND LAP LEADERS
E. Degner (Suzuki) ................... 57 28.4 (78.19 m.p.b)
F. Itoh (Suzuki) ........................... 57 31 (78.72m.p.h.)
H. Anderson (Suzuki) ............. 57 39 (78.54 m.p.h.)
H. Anscheidt (Kreidler)............ 57 49.2 (78.32 m.p.h.)
I. Morishita (Suzuki) ............... 58 12 (77.80 m.p.h.)
M. Ichino (Suzuki) .................... 5921.4 (76.29 m.p.h)
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A Photograph of Mitsuo Itoh taken by Ton Kooyman at Daytona 1963. Ton is no longer with us but his photographs live on.
All Japanese Victory 1963 50cc
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