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Ian Hutchinson (born 12 August 1979) in Bingley, West Yorkshire) is an English professional motorcycle road racer. Hutchinson raced for the Padgett's HRC Honda Team in road races like the Isle of Man TT and the North West 200.

Hutchinson holds the distinction of winning the most races in a single Isle of Man TT meeting, when he achieved a clean sweep of five solo wins in 2010.

Career

2003–05

Hutchinson made his debut on the Island at the 2003 Manx Grand Prix, winning the Newcomers race on a 600cc Honda, beating the 750cc Suzukis of Jonathan Ralph and Alex Donaldson.

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Walter Leslie Handley (5 April 1902 – 15 November 1941) born in Aston, Birmingham, Wal Handley, was a champion British inter-war motorcycle racer with four wins at the Isle of Man TT Races in his career. Later he also raced cars in the 1930s, and died in a World War II aircraft accident while serving as pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary.

Isle of Man TT race career

TT race victories

Year Race & capacity Motorcycle Average speed
1925 Ultra-Lightweight 125 cc Rex-Acme 65.02 mph (104.64 km/h)
1925 Junior 350 cc Rex-Acme 65.02 mph (104.64 km/h)
1927 Lightweight 250 cc Rex-Acme 63.30 mph (101.87 km/h)
1930 Senior 500 cc Rudge 74.24 mph (119.48 km/h)

TT career summary

Finishing position 1st 2nd 3rd 7th 8th DNF
Number of times 4 3 2 1 1 17

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Phil Read
(born 1 January 1939 in Luton, England) is an English former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer nicknamed "The Prince of Speed." Although he would often be overshadowed by his contemporary, Mike Hailwood, he would become the first man to win world championships in the 125cc, 250cc and 500cc classes.

First competing on the Snaefell Mountain Course during the 1958 Manx Grand Prix, Phil Read finished in 3rd place in the 1958 Junior Snaefell at an average race speed of 83.90 mph and in 17th place in the 1958 Junior Manx Grand Prix. The first race win for Phil Read on the Mountain Course was the 1960 Manx Grand Prix riding a 500cc Norton at an average race speed of 95.38 mph. Returning the next year, Phil Read scored a rare debut win at the 1961 Isle of Man TT Races, winning the 1961 Junior TT riding a 350cc Norton at an average race speed of 95.11 mph from Gary Hocking and Ralph Renson in third place.

After joining a group of leading Grand Prix competitors boycotting the Isle of Man TT Races for the 1973 racing season, Phil Read did not return to racing to the Isle of Man TT Races until 1977 taking a notable double TT Formula 1/Senior TT win. After retiring from the 1978 TT Formula 1 Race won by Mike Hailwood, Phil Read did not return to the Isle of Man TT Races until the 1982 racing season finishing in 4th place in the 1982 500c Senior TT and his last race on the Snaefell Mountain Course was the 1998 500cc Classic Senior Race finishing in 16th place riding a 499cc G50 Matchless at an average race speed of 94.50 mph......

Isle of Man TT race career

TT race victories

Year Race & capacity Motorcycle Average speed
1961 Junior 350 cc Norton 91.50 mph
1965 Ultra-Lightweight 125 cc Yamaha 94.28 mph
1967 Ultra-Lightweight 125 cc Yamaha 97.48 mph
1968 Ultra-Lightweight 125 cc Yamaha 99.12 mph
1971 Lightweight 250 cc Yamaha 98.02 mph
1972 Lightweight 250 cc Yamaha 99.68 mph
1977 TT Formula 1 1000 cc Honda 97.02 mph
1977 Senior 500 cc Suzuki 106.97 mph

TT career summary

Finishing position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 7th DNF
Number of times 8 4 1 2 1 17

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edit Harold Daniell (October 29, 1909 - January 19, 1967) was a British professional Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and auto racing driver. He competed in the 1940s and 1950s. On retiring from racing he owned a Norton motorcycle dealership in Forest Hill, London.

Isle of Man TT race career

TT race victories

Year Race & capacity Motorcycle Average speed
1949 Senior TT 500 cc Norton 99.68 mph
1947 Senior TT 500 cc Norton 82.813 mph
1938 Senior TT 500 cc Norton 89.11 mph

TT career summary

Finishing position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 8th 9th DNF
Number of times 3 1 1 1 4 1 2 7

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(born 29 March 1923 in St. Helens, Lancashire) is a British multi-time motorcycle Grand Prix road racing world champion.

After racing recommenced after the war, Geoff Duke's first foray on the Snaefell Mountain Course was during the 1948 Manx Grand Prix and posted a retirement in the 350cc Junior Manx Grand Prix. Returning the next year with first a win in the 1949 Clubmans Senior TT at an average race speed of 82.97 mph followed by a win in the 1949 Senior Manx Grand Prix to complete a unique double in the same year. The 1950 Isle of Man TT racing season produce the first win for Geoff Duke in the prestigious Senior TT and a second place to Artie Bell in the 1950 Junior TT race. This was followed by Junior/Senior double win at the 1951 Isle of Man TT with Geoff Duke's winning margin in the 1951 Senior TT of 4 minutes 22.4 seconds over the AJS motor-cycle of Bill Doran in second place. This was followed by a win 1952 350cc Junior TT at an average race speed of 90.29 mph. After switching to the Gilera marque a final Isle of Man TT win for Geoff Duke in the 1955 at an average race speed of 97.93 mph and was declared the first rider to lap the Isle of Man TT at average race speed of 100mph, but this was later corrected to 99.97mph....

Isle of Man TT race career

TT race victories

Year Race & capacity Motorcycle Average speed
1949 Clubmans Senior 500 cc Norton 82.97 mph
1950 Senior TT 500 cc Norton 92.37 mph
1951 Junior TT 350 cc Norton 89.9 mph
1951 Senior TT 500 cc Norton 93.83 mph
1952 Junior TT 350 cc Norton 90.29 mph
1955 Senior TT 500 cc Gilera 97.93 mph

TT career summary

Finishing position 1st 2nd 4th DNF
Number of times 6 2 1 4

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