Joey Dunlop

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Joey Dunlop
JoeyDunlopTT1992BrayHill.jpg
Dunlop at Bray Hill during the Senior TT in 1992.
Nationality Northern Irish
Born (1952-02-25)25 February 1952
Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland, UK
Died 2 July 2000(2000-07-02) (aged 48)
Tallinn, Estonia
Bike number 3
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Isle of Man TT career
TTs contested 25 (1976 - 2000)
TT wins 26
First TT win 1977 Jubilee Classic
Last TT win 2000 Ultra-Lightweight 125 TT
Podiums 40

William Joseph Dunlop, OBE (25 February 1952 – 2 July 2000), was a world champion motorcyclist from Ballymoney in Northern Ireland. In 2005 he was voted the fifth greatest motorcycling icon ever by Motorcycle News.[1] His achievements include three hat-tricks at the Isle of Man TT meeting (1985, 1988 and 2000), where he won a record 26 races in total. During his career he won the Ulster Grand Prix 24 times. In 1986 he won a fifth consecutive TT Formula One world title.

He was awarded the MBE in 1986 for his services to the sport, and in 1996 he was awarded the OBE for his humanitarian work for children in Romanian orphanages, to which he had delivered clothing and food.[2]

The new documentary, Road, based on the life of Joey Dunlop and his brothers was released in the UK on the 11th June 2014.

Charity work[edit]

One less well known aspect of Dunlop's life was his tireless work for charity. He made endless trips to Romania, bringing vanloads of aid to orphans and their carers in that country. These were undertaken mostly by Dunlop himself on condition that it would take place before each racing season started. Dunlop stated that his proudest award was his OBE for charity rather than any achievement in his very successful racing career.[citation needed]

On 31 December 2009 Joey Dunlop was voted 3rd greatest Irish sportsperson ever.

M.F.V. Tornamona[edit]

Joey and some others used to hitch a ride on the Tornamona(pictures of Tornamona here) across to the Isle of Man TT races, in fact He had an article appear in the MotorCycle News after a stormy crossing left him making use of the "heads" for seasickness

In transit to the Isle of Man 23 May 1985 Joey Dunlop was aboard the M.F.V. Tornamona; a vessel departing from the County Down port of Strangford. Dunlop and other riders were aboard with a few racebikes and equipment for the TT Races. It was a particularly hostile night and a delay caused the sailing to be against the incoming tide which is ferocious at the narrows

Tornamona was pushed aside by the current and she was cast up onto St. Patrick’s Rock where her rudder jammed in a crevice and was plucked out.After losing her rudder she was steered by using the engine alone when the direction allowed where she sank (with her big engine still chuffing over slowly) in calmer waters inshore All the members aboard were rescued by the Portaferry Lifeboat. Diving efforts recovered the bikes shortly after.

Senior TT in 1992.

Death[edit]

Joey Dunlop died in Tallinn, Estonia, in 2000 while leading a 125cc race (he had already won the 750cc and 600cc events) on Pirita-Kose-Kloostrimetsa Circuit. He appeared to lose control of his bike in the wet conditions and was killed instantly on impact with trees. As a mark of respect, the Estonian government's official website was replaced with a tribute to Dunlop within hours of his death. Northern Ireland television carried live coverage of his funeral. Fifty thousand mourners, including bikers from all parts of Britain and Ireland and people from all backgrounds in Northern Ireland, attended the funeral to Garryduff Presbyterian church and his burial in the adjoining graveyard.[3][4]

The most successful overall rider at the annual TT races is awarded the "Joey Dunlop Cup". A memorial statue was erected in his home town of Ballymoney. On the Isle of Man, a statue of Dunlop astride a Honda overlooks the Bungalow Bend at Snaefell and the 26th milestone area of the TT course has been renamed "Joey's". Irish publishers The O'Brien Press published a full-colour pictorial tribute to Joey following his death. Northern Ireland band Therapy? made a song in memory of Dunlop, called Joey; it appeared on the album Shameless, released in 2001.[5]

Throughout his career Dunlop remained apolitical and anti-sectarian. Both Catholics and Protestants supported him. Highly superstitious, he always wore a red T-shirt and a yellow crash helmet.[6]

Racing record[edit]

Complete TT record[edit]

2000 Ultra Lightweight
1
Lightweight 250 TT
1
Junior 600cc
4
Formula One TT
1
Senior
3
1999 Ultra Lightweight
27
Lightweight 250 TT
5
Junior 600cc
5
Formula One TT
2
Senior
5
1998 Ultra Lightweight TT
9
Lightweight TT
1
Senior TT
DNF
1997 Ultra Lightweight
10
Lightweight TT
1
Junior TT
5
Formula One TT
6
Senior TT
7
1996 Ultra Lightweight
1
Lightweight TT
1
Formula One TT
7
Senior TT
2
1995 Ultra Lightweight
DNF
Lightweight TT
1
Junior TT
4
Formula One TT
2
Senior TT
1
1994 Ultra Lightweight
1
Classic Junior
2
Junior TT
1
Supersport 600
7
Formula One TT
3
Senior TT
3
1993 Ultra Lightweight
1
Classic Lightweight
DNF
Junior TT
3
Supersport 600
DNF
Formula One TT
14
Senior TT
11
1992 Ultra Lightweight
1
Junior TT
DNF
Supersport 600
9
Formula One TT
3
Senior TT
DNF
1991 Ultra Lightweight
2
Junior TT
5
Supersport 600
6
Formula One TT
DNF
Senior TT
2
1990 Ultra Lightweight TT
DNF
Junior TT
DNF
Formula One TT
8
Senior TT
16
1988 Production Class B
5
Production Class C
11
Junior TT
1
Formula One TT
1
Senior TT
1
1987 Production Class B
18
Junior 250cc TT
8
Formula One TT
1
Senior TT
1
1986 Production Class C
4
Junior TT
DNF
Formula One TT
1
Senior TT
4
1985 Production 251-750cc
22
Junior TT
1
Formula One TT
1
Senior TT
1
1984 Production 251-750cc
DNF
Junior TT
DNF
Classic TT
2
Formula One TT
1
Senior TT
DNF
1983 Senior Classic TT
3
Formula One TT
1
1982 Classic TT
DNF
Formula One TT
2
1981 Classic TT
DNF
Formula One TT
3
1980 Junior TT
12
Classic TT
1
Senior TT
9
1979 Junior 250cc TT
DNF
Classic TT
6
Formula Two TT
13
Formula One TT
DNF
Senior TT
DNF
1978 Junior TT
11
Classic TT
DNF
Formula Two TT
5
Formula One TT
DNF
Senior TT
DNF
1977 Junior 250cc TT
10
Jubilee TT
1
Classic TT
7
Senior TT
4
1976 Lightweight 250cc TT
DNF
Junior TT
16
Classic TT
DNF
Senior TT
18

Ulster Grand Prix - 24 Victories[edit]

Year Class/Race Machine Average
1979 500cc Suzuki 112.76 mph
1979 Superbike 750cc Yamaha 115.34 mph
1980 250cc Yamaha 107.71 mph
1980 Superbike 1000cc Suzuki 116.39 mph
1983 TT F1 920cc Honda 107.38 mph
1984 250cc Honda 110.55 mph
1984 500cc Honda 118.17 mph
1984 TT F1 Honda 114.28 mph
1985 250cc Honda 111.96 mph
1985 500cc Honda 116.14 mph
1985 TT F1 750cc Honda 114.45 mph
1986 Classic Race 500cc Honda 118.29 mph
1988 250cc Honda 112.30 mph
1990 TT F1 750cc Honda 120.87 mph
1991 Superbike Race1 750cc Honda 118.36 mph
1991 Superbike Race2 750cc Honda 110.87 mph
1992 125cc Honda 102.18 mph
1994 125cc Honda 108.83 mph
1994 Superbike Race1 750cc Honda 123.23 mph
1995 250cc Race1 Honda 117.94 mph
1995 250cc Race2 Honda 118.28 mph
1995 Superbike Race1 750cc Honda 122.25 mph
1997 250cc Race2 Honda .
1999 Superbike Race2 750cc Honda

North West 200 - 13 Victories[edit]

Year Class/Race Machine Lap Time
1979 International Match Race 750cc Yamaha 120.01 mph
1979 NW200 Race 750cc Yamaha 120.34 mph
1981 NW200 Race 1100cc Honda 119.83 mph
1983 500 Race Honda 106.05 mph
1983 NW200 Race 1000cc Honda 105.64 mph
1984 MCN Master Race 750cc Honda 107.02 mph
1985 250 Race 1 Honda 110.95 mph
1985 NW200 Race 750cc Honda 118.68 mph
1986 NW200 Race 750cc Honda 108.05 mph
1987 Superbike Race 750cc Honda 113.29 mph
1987 NW200 Race 750cc Honda 118.61 mph
1987 Production Race 750cc Honda 108.77 mph
1988 Production Race 750cc Honda 109.08 mph

Formula One TT World Championship[edit]

Year Result/Position
1980 3rd
1981 3rd
1982 1st
1983 1st
1984 1st
1985 1st
1986 1st
1987 2nd
1988 2nd
1990 2nd

World Grand Prix Championships[edit]

Year Class Race Position Points
1979 350cc French Grand Prix (Le Mans) 9th 2
1985 250cc British Grand Prix (Silverstone) 10th 1

World Formula 750 Championship[edit]

Year Race Position Points
1979 Germany (Hockenheim) 9th 2

Macau Grand Prix[edit]

Year Race Position
1982 China (Macau) 3rd
1983 China (Macau) 2nd

Imola 200[edit]

Year Race Position
1987 Italy (Imola) 3rd

World Superbikes (WSBK) 1988[edit]

Race Result
British (Donington) 3rd Race 1, 5th Race 2
Hungary (Hungaroring) 6th Race 1
Germany (Hockenheim) 7th Race 1, 5th Race 2

(Joey had 30 points accumulated and was lying 3rd in the championship up until the TT races, however he stopped competing in the championship and still managed to finish 13th in the final championship table)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Joey and Robert Dunlop: kings of the road - North West 200, Motorsport". Belfasttelegraph.co.uk. 12 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  2. ^ Tallant, Nicola (11 January 2004). "LAP OF HONOUR | Sunday Mirror Newspaper | Find Articles at BNET". Findarticles.com. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  3. ^ "BBC SPORT | NORTHERN IRELAND | Dunlop and Best are honoured". BBC News. 5 December 2000. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  4. ^ "Joey Dunlop (1952 - 2000) - Find A Grave Memorial". Findagrave.com. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  5. ^ "Therapy? - Shameless - RTÉ Ten". Rte.ie. 1 November 2001. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  6. ^ "NORTHERN IRELAND | 'King' Dunlop's road to fame". BBC News. 3 July 2000. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Graeme Crosby
TT Formula One World Champion
1982-1986
Succeeded by
Virginio Ferrari