The Info List - Joey Dunlop

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William Joseph Dunlop, OBE (25 February 1952 – 2 July 2000), was a world champion motorcyclist from Ballymoney
in Northern Ireland. In 2016 he was voted through Motorcycle News
Motorcycle News
as the 2nd greatest motorcycling icon ever, behind Valentino Rossi.[citation needed][1][not in citation given] His achievements include three hat-tricks at the Isle of Man TT
Isle of Man TT
meeting (1985, 1988 and 2000), where he won a record 26 races in total. Dunlop's name is amongst the most revered by fans of motorcycle racing. This iconic stature, coupled to Dunlop's somewhat shy and unassuming persona, has led to him being seen as a true working class hero. Such attributes deeply endeared him to fans of motorcycling across the world. During his career he won the Ulster Grand Prix
Ulster Grand Prix
24 times. In 1986, he won a fifth consecutive TT Formula One world title; initially based on one race at the Isle of Man TT
Isle of Man TT
after the loss of World Championship status from 1977-onwards and organised by the Auto-Cycle Union, the title was eventually expanded to take in more rounds in other countries.[2] 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.[3] Joey - The Man Who Conquered the TT, a documentary entirely focussed on Dunlop's racing career, was released in 2013.[4] Another documentary, Road, based on the life of Dunlop and his brothers, was released in the UK and Ireland on 11 June 2014.

Senior TT in 1992.


1 Charity work and recognition 2 Shipwreck 3 Death 4 Racing record

4.1 Complete TT record 4.2 Ulster Grand Prix: 24 victories 4.3 North West 200: 13 victories 4.4 Formula One TT World Championship 4.5 World Grand Prix Championships 4.6 World Formula 750
Formula 750
Championship 4.7 Macau Grand Prix 4.8 Imola 200 4.9 World Superbikes (WSBK) 1988

5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Charity work and recognition[edit] Dunlop helped orphans in Balkans, driving a van loaded with supplies to orphanages in Romania, Albania and Bosnia-Hercegovina before the annual racing season began.[5] In 1996, he received an OBE for his humanitarian work.[6] After Dunlop's death, the Joey Dunlop
Joey Dunlop
Foundation was initiated, a charity that provides appropriate accommodation for disabled visitors to the Isle of Man.[7][8] On 30 January 2015, Dunlop was voted Northern Ireland's greatest sports star by readers of the Belfast Telegraph
Belfast Telegraph
newspaper.[9] Shipwreck[edit] On the night of 23 May 1985, Dunlop was travelling from Northern Ireland to the Isle of Man for the annual TT races by sea, aboard the Tornamona, a former fishing boat. The vessel had departed from Strangford, County Down
County Down
with Dunlop, other riders, racebikes and equipment aboard. Strong currents into Strangford
Lough pushed the Tornamona onto St. Patrick’s Rock where her rudder broke off in a crevice. The boat sank and all 13 passengers and crew were rescued by the Portaferry
Lifeboat.[10][11] The bikes were later recovered by divers.[1] Death[edit]

Memorial in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland

Statue on the TT course

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
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 procession to Garryduff Presbyterian church and his burial in the adjoining graveyard.[12][13] The most successful overall rider at the annual TT races is awarded the " Joey Dunlop
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 was named "Joey's". Irish publishers The O'Brien Press produced a full-colour pictorial tribute to Dunlop following his death. Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
band Therapy?
made a song in memory of Dunlop, called Joey; it appeared on the album Shameless, released in 2001.[14] 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.[15] 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 60 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 T 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
Formula 750

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

(Dunlop 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]

Robert Dunlop, Dunlop's younger brother. He died after a crash while racing in 2008. List of people on stamps of Ireland


^ a b "Joey and Robert Dunlop: kings of the road - North West 200, Motorsport". Belfasttelegraph.co.uk. 12 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-17. [not in citation given] ^ Joey’s Last World Title - 30th anniversary special, Motorcycle News, 24 June 2016. Retrieved 4 February 2018 ^ Tallant, Nicola (11 January 2004). "Lap of Honour". Sunday Mirror. MGN Ltd. Retrieved 30 December 2015.  ^ Joey Dunlop: King of the TT races Telegraph, 3 June 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2016. ^ " Joey Dunlop
Joey Dunlop
(1952 - 2000): Motorcycle racing champion; humanitarian aid worker". Dictionary of Ulster Biography. Ulster History Circle. Retrieved 30 December 2015.  ^ Richards, Andrew. " Joey Dunlop
Joey Dunlop
was just loved by everyone". Belfast Telegraph. Independent News & Media plc. Retrieved 30 December 2015.  ^ " Joey Dunlop
Joey Dunlop
Foundation". Joey Dunlop
Joey Dunlop
Foundation. Retrieved 30 December 2015.  ^ "The Joey Dunlop
Joey Dunlop
Foundation". Connect2Charity. Connect2Charity. Retrieved 30 December 2015.  ^ Steven Beacom (30 January 2015). " Joey Dunlop
Joey Dunlop
voted as Northern Ireland's Greatest Sports Star". Belfast Telegraph.  ^ Gill, Jeremy. "The M.F.V. Tornamona". Joey Dunlop: The Official Website. Retrieved 30 December 2015.  ^ "Tornamona Sinking". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 30 December 2015.  ^ "BBC SPORT NORTHERN IRELAND Dunlop and Best are honoured". BBC News. 5 December 2000. Retrieved 2010-08-17.  ^ " Joey Dunlop
Joey Dunlop
(1952 - 2000) - Find A Grave Memorial". Findagrave.com. Retrieved 2010-08-17.  ^ " Therapy?
- Shameless - RTÉ Ten". Rte.ie. 1 November 2001. Retrieved 2010-08-17.  ^ "NORTHERN IRELAND 'King' Dunlop's road to fame". BBC News. 3 July 2000. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Joey Dunlop.

The official Joey Dunlop
Joey Dunlop
website Joey Dunlop
Joey Dunlop
Foundation Tribute page on the TT website University of Ulster news release Billd's Joey stamps on Flickr North West 200
North West 200
Official Website MFV Tornamona at Irish Wrecks Online

Sporting positions

Preceded by Graeme Crosby TT Formula One World Champion 1982–1986 Succeeded by Virginio Ferrari

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 9770510