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The Dunlop Legacy: A Tale of Isle of Man TT Race Dominance

by Maximo Moto 29 Jun 2024 0 Comments

The Dunlop family name is synonymous with motorcycle racing, particularly at the Isle of Man TT. This legendary event has seen some of the greatest racers in history, but few have left a mark as indelible as Joey and Michael Dunlop. This blog post delves into the records and achievements of these two remarkable riders, showcasing their dominance and the legacy they have built.

A Brief Introduction to the Dunlop Family

The Dunlop family hails from Ballymoney, Northern Ireland, and has a rich history in motorcycle racing. Joey Dunlop, often referred to as "King of the Mountain," is a legendary figure whose career spanned over two decades. His fearless racing style and sportsmanship earned him the respect and admiration of fans worldwide.

Joey Dunlop's TT Records

Year Race Position Bike Winning Time
1977 Jubilee TT 1st Yamaha TZ 750 1:23:14
1980 Classic TT 1st Honda 1:24:04
1983 Formula One TT 1st Honda 1:20:27
1983 Classic TT 1st Honda 1:22:16
1984 Formula One TT 1st Honda 1:20:03
1985 Formula One TT 1st Honda 1:19:56
1985 Senior TT 1st Honda 1:21:55
1985 Junior TT 1st Honda 1:24:20
1986 Formula One TT 1st Honda 1:20:39
1986 Senior TT 1st Honda 1:21:31
1987 Formula One TT 1st Honda 1:21:12
1988 Formula One TT 1st Honda 1:20:58
1988 Senior TT 1st Honda 1:22:15
1988 Junior TT 1st Honda 1:25:31
1992 Ultra-Lightweight TT 1st Honda RS125 1:14:35
1992 Lightweight TT 1st Honda RS250 1:23:53
1993 Ultra-Lightweight TT 1st Honda RS125 1:15:12
1994 Ultra-Lightweight TT 1st Honda RS125 1:14:50
1995 Ultra-Lightweight TT 1st Honda RS125 1:15:07
1996 Lightweight TT 1st Honda RS250 1:25:34
1997 Lightweight TT 1st Honda RS250 1:23:46
1998 Lightweight TT 1st Honda RS250 1:24:30
2000 Lightweight TT 1st Honda RS250 1:23:45
2000 Ultra-Lightweight TT 1st Honda RS125 1:15:34
2000 Formula One TT 1st Honda RC45 1:20:36

Michael Dunlop's TT Records

Michael Dunlop, Joey's nephew, has continued the family tradition with his own impressive achievements. Known for his aggressive and fearless riding, Michael has carved out his own legacy, setting numerous records and securing multiple victories at the TT.

Year Race Position Bike Winning Time
2009 Supersport TT (Race 2) 1st Yamaha YZF-R6 1:12:21
2011 Supersport TT (Race 2) 1st Yamaha YZF-R6 1:12:31
2012 Supersport TT (Race 2) 1st Yamaha YZF-R6 1:12:15
2012 Superstock TT 1st Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:10:05
2013 Supersport TT (Race 1) 1st Honda CBR600RR 1:11:15
2013 Superstock TT 1st Honda CBR1000RR 1:09:48
2013 Senior TT 1st Honda CBR1000RR 1:45:24
2014 Superbike TT 1st BMW S1000RR 1:45:46
2014 Supersport TT (Race 1) 1st Honda CBR600RR 1:11:32
2014 Senior TT 1st BMW S1000RR 1:45:11
2015 Superbike TT 1st BMW S1000RR 1:45:25
2015 Supersport TT (Race 1) 1st Yamaha YZF-R6 1:11:33
2015 Superstock TT 1st BMW S1000RR 1:09:55
2016 Superbike TT 1st BMW S1000RR 1:44:14
2016 Superstock TT 1st BMW S1000RR 1:09:23
2016 Senior TT 1st BMW S1000RR 1:44:05
2017 Superbike TT 1st Suzuki GSX-R1000 1:44:54
2017 Senior TT 1st Suzuki GSX-R1000 1:45:45
2017 Supersport TT (Race 2) 1st Yamaha YZF-R6 1:11:51
2018 Superbike TT 1st BMW S1000RR 1:44:54
2018 Lightweight TT 1st Paton S1-R 1:14:56
2019 Lightweight TT 1st Paton S1-R 1:15:31
2022 Supersport TT (Race 1) 1st Yamaha YZF-R6 1:12:07
2022 Superbike TT 1st BMW M1000RR 1:45:24
2022 Senior TT 1st BMW M1000RR 1:44:31
2023 Superbike TT 1st BMW M1000RR 1:45:11
2023 Supersport TT (Race 1) 1st Yamaha YZF-R6 1:11:56
2023 Superstock TT 1st BMW M1000RR 1:09:41
2024 Superbike TT 1st BMW M1000RR 1:45:14
2024 Supersport TT (Race 1) 1st Yamaha YZF-R6 1:11:47

 

Michael Dunlop, Joey's nephew, has continued the family tradition with his own impressive achievements. Known for his aggressive and fearless riding, Michael has carved out his own legacy, setting numerous records and securing multiple victories at the TT.

The Dunlop Dominance

Joey Dunlop's career at the TT is nothing short of legendary. With 26 victories, he remains one of the most successful riders in the history of the event. His hat-tricks in 1985, 1988, and 2000 are testament to his skill and determination.

Michael Dunlop has carried the torch with pride, amassing 27 wins and setting numerous lap records. His achievements, including the first sub-17-minute lap on a Superbike, have cemented his status as one of the greats.

The Dunlop family's dominance at the Isle of Man TT is a legacy built on talent, bravery, and an unwavering passion for motorcycle racing. Their records and achievements continue to inspire new generations of riders and fans alike.

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