Tommy Robb

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Tommy Robb
Nationality Northern Ireland
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 1957 - 1959, 1961 - 1973
First race 1957 250cc Ulster Grand Prix
Last race 1973 125cc Isle of Man TT
First win 1962 250cc Ulster Grand Prix
Last win 1973 125cc Isle of Man TT
Team(s) Honda
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
88 3 28 0 2 368

Tommy Robb (born 14 October 1934) is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer from Northern Ireland.

Robb began his racing on Irish grass tracks between 1951 and 1956 before turning to short circuits, when he was noticed by sponsor Terry Hill who provided a 250 cc NSU Sportsmax for 1957 and 1958 with Robb finishing third in the 1957 Ulster Grand Prix and second in the 1958 race.[1]

Robb was then sponsored by tuners Geoff Monty and his business partner Allen Dudley-Ward until joining the works Honda team from 1962,[1] winning his first world championship race in the 1962 250 class at the Ulster Grand Prix with two further wins at the inaugural Japanese GP in Tokyo.[1]

In the 1962 season, Robb became one of the first non-Japanese riders hired by the Honda factory racing team. He enjoyed his greatest success with Honda, finishing second to his team-mate, Jim Redman, in the 1962 350 world championship.[2]

In 1973, he won the Lightweight 125 TT at the Isle of Man TT races, aboard a Yamaha.[3] He was also a five-time winner of the North West 200 race in Northern Ireland.

Towards the end of his competitive riding, Robb established a road-race school in conjunction with former Motor Cycle magazine journalist and retail motorcycle shop owner David Dixon, using Yoshimura-equipped CB250, and CB450 Hondas, with Dixon being the UK importer and distributor of Yoshimura tuning equipment.[4][5]

Trivia[edit]

In 1964, Robb's daughter Corienne won the annual Miss Pears competition - a year's modelling and a cash prize.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Motor Cycle, 28 February 1963, p.262 Dashing Irishman Accessed and added 2014-09-20
  2. ^ Tommy Robb career statistics at the MotoGP Homepage
  3. ^ Tommy Robb career profile at the Isle of Man TT Homepage
  4. ^ Bennetts, August 2013 David Dixon RIP by Ian Kerr Retrieved 2014-07-04
  5. ^ Motorcycle Mechanics, June 1973, p.31 Yoshimura, Honda Speed! European and S.A. Yoshimura Distr. Dixon Racing, Wodeland Ave, Guildford, Surrey. Accessed and added 2014-07-04
  6. ^ Motor Cycle 28 February 1963, p.86 Racing Line by David Dixon. "...his delightful little four-year-old daughter Corienne beat more than 100,000 entrants for the 'Miss Pears, 1964' title—and won a £500 first prize!". Accessed and added 2015-01-21

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