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Top 10 Most Famous TT Riders

29 June 2015

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RL360 will this year celebrate 14 years of sponsoring the TT. Every June we lend our name to the TT Superstock Race, which produces some of the closest and most memorable racing of the week. This started us thinking about the most memorable TT racers of all time. Here we pick our top 10, in alphabetical order. If you disagree, let us know your choices by emailing


1) Giacomo Agostini Agostini may well lay the claim to being the coolest motorcycle racer of all time. With a brilliant 10 wins on the TT course Ago, as he is known to generations of fans, also won 15 world titles. The famous Ago's Leap at the bottom of Bray Hill is named after this Italian legend.


2) Geoff Duke The 6 time TT winner and 6 time world champion is without question one of the all time greats. Like Joey Dunlop, Mike Hailwood, Ago, McGuinness and Dave Molyneux (see below), the highly popular Isle of Man-based two-wheeled hero has a spot on the course named after him.

3) Joey Dunlop The quiet man from Ballymoney holds the all-time record for most number of wins at the TT - 26. His death at a race in Estonia in 2000 shocked the world but the family name is still synonymous with the dangerous and thrilling sport of road racing.

4) Mike Hailwood Mike the Bike is not just a TT - but a worldwide legendary motorsport - icon. Winner of 14 TTs, he will be forever remembered for making the greatest comeback ever on the Mountain Course, winning a further 2 races after having been retired from TT racing for several years.

5) Steve Hislop The Flying Haggis, as he was sometimes known, won a fantastic 11 TT races during a career which also saw him win British titles on short circuits. His life was tragically cut short when he died in a helicopter accident in 2003. A statue of the Scot, who lived in the Isle of Man, looks out across Douglas Bay from Onchan Head.

6) Ian Hutchinson In 2010 Ian Hutchinson did the seemingly impossible - he won 5 solo TT races in one week. Later that year he suffered an horrific injury during a short circuit race. With strength and determination he has battled back to fitness and will be a contender once again this year.

7) Guy Martin TV favourite Guy has the dubious honour of being the only rider on our list to have not yet won a TT. However, it's not through lack of trying. A passionate and skilled racer, is also one of the greatest characters the sport has ever produced.

8) John McGuinness The Morecambe Missile has won a staggering 20 TTs and is aiming to add to his tally this year. A popular rider, McGuinness was the first to break the 130mph lap barrier at the Centenary event in 2007.

9) Dave Molyneux Manxman Molyneux has had a spectacular career on the Mountain Course, having collected more TT wins than any other sidecar racer. As long as he's on the start line, few would bet against him notching up yet another win to add to his already impressive 16.

10) Richard 'Milky' Quayle Manxman Milky won his first and only TT - the Lightweight 400 - in 2002, fulfilling a life-long dream and becoming a local hero in the process. After the end of his racing career, he became heavily involved in the event behind the scenes.