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Geoff Duke

Geoff Duke (1951).jpg

(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[edit]

TT race victories[edit]

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[edit]

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