ISLE OF MAN – Michael Dunlop and Carl Fogarty have both confirmed they will take part in the Joey Dunlop Road Racin Legends – The Rivals Parade Lap during the Classic TT Races presented by Bennetts on Aug. 23.
Dunlop, an 11-time TT Race winner, is set to ride his father Robert’s Rotary Norton during the special tribute lap created to recognize some of his Uncle Joey Dunlop’s greatest rivals across his road and circuit racing career. Joey Dunlop is a 26-time TT race winner.
The bike Dunlop will be riding is the brainchild of ex-Norton employee Brian Crighton and is currently on display at the National Motorcycle Museum. Crighton has overhauled the bike, which hasn’t run for many years, in preparation for its return to the Isle of Man Mountain Course. As well as participating in Saturday’s parade, the bike will also be on display in the race paddock behind the grandstand during the Classic TT Race meeting.
“I am very keen to showcase and celebrate the Museum and our collection in live action events and display our bikes as they were meant to be viewed and the Classic TT Races certainly fits with that objective,” said James Hewing, the director of the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham. “The parade will not only represent a tribute to both Joey and Robert Dunlop but also the engineering achievement that the Rotary Norton represents.”
Fogarty will ride a Honda RC30 during the Joey Dunlop Road Racing Legend – The Rivals Parade Lap and also a Ducati in the Classic Racer Magazine Classic TT Lap of Honour.
Having won the Newcomers Manx Grand Prix in 1985, the Blackburn racer was a star at the Isle of Man TT Races between 1986 and 1992, taking three wins and seven podiums as well as the outright lap record in 1992, his speed of 122.61 mph remaining unbroken for seven years.
It was his rides in the World Formula One Championship that initially made his name, battling with Joey Dunlop in each of his World Championship winning years, with wins at the TT coming in the 1989 750cc Production, 1990 Formula One and 1990 Senior Races. It’s perhaps his runner-up spot to Steve Hislop in the 1992 Senior Race, voted the greatest TT race of all time, that he’s most fondly remembered for.
That race saw Foggy swap the lead with Hislop throughout the six-lap race and although he eventually had to settle for second, just 4.4 seconds behind the Scot, he did have the consolation of claiming the outright lap record on the final lap.
Fogarty, of course, went on to become the most successful World Superbike rider of all time with four world titles and 59 world championship race wins before injury ended his career early in 2000, but he’s always maintained his relationship with the island, not only stating his love for the Mountain Course but also how his race wins remain the most special out of all his successes.
“The Isle of Man holds a special place in my heart and I have said many times before that it was that part of my career which I look back on with the most happiness and pride,” Fogarty said. “I can’t wait to see the new Classic TT event for myself after hearing good things about last year’s first event and I am particularly excited to be part of the tribute to Joey Dunlop. Joey was a special rider and someone I looked up to and wanted to beat in those early World Championship years.”