Two years later, on June 9, 1972, came the TT's watershed event when, in atrocious conditions, Morbidelli rider Gilberto Parlotti was killed at the Verandah on the second lap of the Ultra-Lightweight race. In '73 Agostini and others, including Phil Read and Rod Gould, contended that the TT had simply become too dangerous. A greater number quietly kept their counsel and simply stayed away. In what looks with hindsight uncannily like a cynical attempt at bribery, the prize for a Senior win, frozen at 200 (then the equivalent of $500) for four decades until the previous year, soared to 1000 ($2500). Twelve months later, the TT's overall budget was doubled. So, ironically, by staying away the Grand Prix Riders Association, formed in '69 to improve safety and wages, had had at least part of its desired effect.