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The Most Famous Motorcycle Racers Of All Time

Ever since the invention of the internal combustion engine, men who have been crazy enough to put a container full of flammable liquid between their thighs have existed. Motorcycling is the provision of the most un-adulterated and sublime combination of risk, thrill and absolute freedom, it’s obvious that this is a religion we dearly subscribe too. But then we truly know them and their cult status as being real men of flesh and blood. These are the men who stand above the many greats of the motorcycling world. These are the men who have left an indelible mark on motorsports. These are the five most famous motorcycle racers of all time.

Joey Dunlop

Born in Northern Ireland on 25 February, 1952 the mighty Joey Dunlop was not just a hugely famous motorcycle racer. For, he is and will forever be a national treasure. During his career he won a staggering 26 ISLE OF MAN TT RACES, most number of wins till date. Joey Dunlop was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1996. He was also awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by the Queen in 1986 for his contributions to British motorsports and for his humanitarian achievements. Joey Dunlop also spearheaded in putting Irish road racing scene on the international map. His is a legacy that has been taken forward by his nephews Joey and Michael Dunlop two astonishingly brilliant road racers in their own rights.

Among his staggering collection of race wins and legendary stats, he had won the first Ulster GP in Northern Ireland. After his victory in 1979, he went on to win the race another 23 times over his career. When you think of it, Joey did 110mph average speeds on 1000cc monsters with relic tyres and basic suspension across 7.7 miles, all that thirty-five years ago, you realise just how fast, talented, brave and insane the man was. Joey had won everywhere on the planet, Wining Northwest 200 13 times. He won FIM Formula One TT world championship five years in a row from 1982 to 1986, and many many more. Joey Dunlop kept winning till his last breath. He died in a tragic accident while crashing out of the lead in a 125cc race at the Estonia Pirita-Kose-Kloostrimetsa circuit in 2000. He had already won the 600cc and 750cc events at the circuit before it. Joey Dunlop was a man, legends look up to, and he will forever be among the greatest men who ever raced motorcycles.

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