Omobono Tenni — our patron saint?

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Omobono Tenni – our patron

Posted by admin on February 9,

I nearly named this after Omobono Tenni left), but thought better of it. His is a remarkable one and his hair, having so grown under the influence of a sou’wester, was so reminiscent of Cornish shrubbery that I felt he surely be the patron saint of Simpatico. But ‘Omobono’ as a blog

A bit obscure, I thought. Postings by and angry U2 fans would flood in.

Omobono Tenni’s racing career straddled the World War. He made his in 1924 at the age of 19 in a lightweight race at the del Piave. At first he raced occasionally, but from 1926 a of epic home victories and a place in the 1928 Swiss GP Tenni’s reputation as a wild and crowd-pleaser and brought him to the attention of the big

Between 1930 and 1933 he for a number of marques, including and Norton. Then, in 1932, he Moto Guzzi ace Pietro at Rapallo and the following year the still-youthful Moto Guzzi With Guzzi he would his reputation as il diavolo nero and in so embarrass and delight we British in our own yard – the Isle of Man.

In 1934 Tenni became national champion and won the Grand of Nations aboard Carlo brilliantly effective new 500 V twin, the ; to all intents and purposes a pair of the successful 250 singles mated at 120 to a common crankcase. The following Tenni won the Milano-Napoli race on a version of the same bike, at an average speed of 107kph. The above was taken after the victory in the 1936 race: is far right, in braces, with his arm Giordano Aldrighetti; Guido far left, has had such a tough his jumper has been turned out, and so very nearly has his eye.

1935 was also the year tackled the Isle of Man TT for the first He took to it like a duck to Cornering his 500 with “mad . digging chunks out of the scenery as he the hedgerows with his handlebars, and to the ditch at high speed Bray Hill, he left a hardened TT spectator quite

It was a famously great year for Guzzi on the Island, with Woods winning both the race and, in what has to be thought of as perhaps the greatest TT of all time, the senior. After than three hours of over seven laps of the course (that’s 244.11 just four seconds bicilindrica -mounted Woods Jimmy Guthrie’s Norton. wasn’t in the script.

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By the time Woods crossed the the papers already had their of Guthrie as the smiling victor, and were leading the brilliant to the winner’s microphone.

Mussolini’s crisis kept the Guzzi too busy on war work to attend the TT, but in 1937 Tenni returned to TT history in the lightweight race on his Having slid off at Governors on the first lap, leaving of his Guzzi’s exhaust by the roadside, he on to win the three-and-a-half hour lightweight TT at an speed of 74.72 mph.

Tenni had become the first rider to win a TT, and, to add insult to he’d done it on board a bike. Tenni became a for the first time very after. Some measure of the of the win, both to Tenni and to the team as a whole, must be evident in the name he chose for his new son. Titino.

Poor little chap.

[I am to Mario Colombo’s marvellous ’80 Years of Moto Motorcycles’.]

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