Michelle Duff

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Mike Duff
Nationality Canadian
Born (1939-12-13) December 13, 1939 (age 74)
Toronto, Canada
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 1960 - 1967
First race 1960 Isle of Man TT
Last race 1967 500cc Canadian Grand Prix
First win 1964 250cc Belgian Grand Prix
Last win 1965 250cc Finnish Grand Prix
Team(s) Aermacchi, AJS, Bultaco, Cotton, Matchless, MZ, Norton, Yamaha
Championships 0
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
3 24 0 5 164 (176)

Michelle Ann Duff (born Michael Alan Duff on December 13, 1939 in Toronto) is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. Her best season was in 1965 when she won the 250cc Finnish Grand Prix and finished the year in second place to Phil Read.[1]

Duff suffered a near-fatal crash in Japan and required extensive surgery and physical therapy. Her recovery was documented in the 1967 National Film Board of Canada short documentary film Ride for Your Life, directed by Robin Spry.[2]

Following sex reassignment surgery, she wrote about her life as a trans woman in Make Haste, Slowly: The Mike Duff story.[3][4]

World Championship results[edit]

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6
Points 8 6 4 3 2 1

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap. An empty black cell indicates that the class did not compete at that particular championship round.)

Year Class Motorcycle 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Rank Points
1960 FRA IOM NED BEL GER ULS NAT
500 cc Norton Ret 0
1961 ESP GER FRA IOM NED BEL DDR ULS NAT SWE ARG
350 cc AJS 15 6 6 17th 2
500 cc Matchless 14 4 5 11th 5
1962 ESP FRA IOM NED BEL GER ULS DDR NAT FIN ARG
350 cc AJS 5 6 5 9th 5
500 cc Matchless Ret 0
1963 ESP GER FRA IOM NED BEL ULS DDR FIN NAT ARG JPN
125 cc Bultaco 6 Ret 16th 3
MZ 5
350 cc AJS 6 4 6 10th 5
500 cc Matchless 4 6 4 3 6th 11
1964 USA ESP FRA IOM NED BEL GER DDR ULS FIN NAT JPN
250 cc Cotton Ret 4th 20
Yamaha 5 1 3 2
350 cc AJS 3 5 3 3 2 5 5 3rd 20 (24)
500 cc Norton 4 4th 18
Matchless Ret 2 2 4
1965 USA GER ESP FRA IOM NED BEL DDR CSK ULS FIN NAT JPN
125 cc Yamaha 3 1 6th 12
250 cc Yamaha 2 2 3 2 3 3 2 2 1 2nd 42 (50)
350 cc AJS Ret 0
500 cc Matchless 3 11th 4
1966 ESP GER FRA NED BEL DDR CSK FIN ULS IOM NAT JPN
125 cc Yamaha 6 4 10th 4
250 cc Yamaha 5 3 4 Ret 9th 9
500 cc Matchless Ret 0
1967 ESP GER FRA IOM NED BEL DDR CSK FIN ULS NAT CAN JPN
350 cc Aermacchi Ret 0
500 cc Matchless Ret 3 11th 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mike Duff career statistics at MotoGP.com
  2. ^ Spry, Robin. "Ride for Your Life". Documentary film. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  3. ^ http://zagria.blogspot.com/2008/04/michelle-ann-duff-1939-motorcycle-racer.html
  4. ^ Duff, Michelle Ann (1999). Make Haste, Slowly: The Mike Duff story. Toronto: [mad8 Publishing] [www.michelle-duff.ca]. p. 366.