IOM TT: Records and Stats

With almost 110 years of racing at the Isle of Man TT, it’s no surprise that there’s a wealth of records that have been set. Check out exclusive guide with all your need-to-know stats…

Top 25 Fastest Riders – Solos 

Ever since the Isle of Man TT got underway in 1907 milestones have continually been achieved, none more so than in the outright lap record.

Bob McIntyre recorded the first 100mph lap in 1957 with John Williams (1976) and Steve Hislop (1989) breaking the 110mph and 120mph barriers respectively.

It was John McGuinness who had the honour of breaking the 130mph barrier in 2007 and although speeds have levelled out somewhat in recent years, an impressive 18 riders are now members of the ‘130mph Club’ although there were no new members in 2016, the first time this had happened since 2008. With the exception of 2014 and 2016, McGuinness has held the outright lap record every year since 2004.

John McGuinness

Dunlop breaks 133mph barrier

However, 2016 saw some sensational speeds by Michael Dunlop as he became the first man to break the 133mph barrier and also the sub-17m barrier. The Ulsterman recorded no less than four 133mph+ laps, two in the Superbike and two in the Senior, almost lapping at 134mph in the latter as the Mountain Course narrowly missed out on becoming the fastest road race circuit in the world currently in use.

Ian Hutchinson also lapped at more than 133mph and whilst Dunlop set three out of the six best ever sector times, Hutchinson took two of them and in the Superstock class too as opposed to the Superbike class.

The ideal lap – combing the six best sector times ever set – now stands at 16m48.656s (134.662 mph) with Dunlop’s outright lap record just 5.273 adrift.

Riders Machine Race Time Speed
1. Michael Dunlop 1000 BMW 2016S 16m53.929s 133.962
2. Ian Hutchinson 1000 Kawasaki 2016S 17m00.384s 133.115
3. John McGuinness 1000 Honda 2015S 17m03.567s 132.701
4. Peter Hickman 1000 BMW 2016Su 17m05.390s 132.465
5. James Hillier 1000 Kawasaki 2015S 17m05.779s 132.414
6. Guy Martin 1000 BMW 2015S 17m05.907s 132.398
7. Bruce Anstey 1000 Honda 2014Su 17m06.682s 132.298
8. Conor Cummins 1000 Honda 2015S 17m10.822s 131.797
9. David Johnson 1000 BMW 2015S 17m12.165s 131.595
10. Dean Harrison 1000 Kawasaki 2016S 17m15.570s 131.163
11. Michael Rutter 1000 BMW 2016St 17m15.924s 131.118
12. Gary Johnson 1000 Kawasaki 2016S 17m17.291s 130.945
13. William Dunlop 1000 Superbike 2014S 17m18.016s 130.853
14. Lee Johnston 1000 BMW 2015St 17m18.037s 130.851
15. Cameron Donald 1000 Honda 2013Su 17m19.007s 130.729
16. Steve Plater 1000 Honda 2009S 17m20.91s 130.490
17. Keith Amor 1000 Honda 2011S 17m23.41s 130.177
18. Dan Kneen 1000 Honda 2015S 17m24.827s 130.000
19. Ryan Farquhar 1000 Kawasaki 2010St 17m25.77s 129.883
20. Josh Brookes 1000 Yamaha 2014S 17m25.968s 129.859
21. Steve Mercer 1000 Honda 2016Su 17m30.299s 129.323
22. Martin Jessopp 1000 BMW 2016S 17m30.936s 129.245
23. Dan Stewart 1000 Honda 2013Su 17m32.299s 129.077
24. Adrian Archibald 1000 Suzuki 2009Su 17m33.88s 128.993
25. Daniel Hegarty 1000 Kawasaki 2016Su 17m37.597s 128.431

Su = Supbike, S = Senior, St = Superstock

Top 10 Fastest TT Newcomers 

It was back in 2004 when Guy Martin became the first newcomer at the TT to break the 120mph barrier, the Lincolnshire rider smashing the previous best mark of 116.65mph with his lap of 122.10mph.

Since then, an additional 37 newcomers have broken the 120mph barrier and Martin’s lap stood until 2007 when British Champion Steve Plater raised the bar to 125.808mph. Like Martin, Plater scored a best result of seventh in his debut year.

Plater’s mark stood for an impressive six years with the late Simon Andrews just coming short in his first island appearance in 2011. It was left to Josh Brookes to take over the accolade in 2013 with the Tyco Suzuki rider lapping at 127.726mph in the opening Superbike race. Inclement weather in practice meant the Australian had limited track time and he would probably have gone quicker in the Senior had it not been for mechanical trouble on the opening lap.

Steve Plater

Brooks vs Hickman

Many thought Brookes’ lap would stand for some time but it only lasted 12 months before another British Superbike Championship regular, Peter Hickman, took over at the top. Like Plater and Brookes, Hickman’s research and dedication to learning the 37 and ¾-mile course left no stone unturned and he posted a best lap in excess of 129mph and he’s since become the fourth fastest rider of all time with a 132mph+ lap in 2016.

Michael Booth was the fastest newcomer at TT2016 with his best lap of 122.597mph seeing him just fail to break into the top ten in 11th overall.

Riders Machine Time Year
1. Peter Hickman 1000 BMW 129.104 2014
2. Josh Brookes 1000 Suzuki 127.726 2013
3. Steve Plater 1000 Yamaha 125.808 2007
4. Simon Andrews 1000 BMW 125.134 2011
5. Keith Amor 1000 Honda 124.856 2007
6. Horst Saiger 1000 Kawasaki 123.846 2013
7. David Johnson 1000 Honda 123.838 2010
8. Martin Jessopp 1000 BMW 123.474 2014
9. Derek McGee 1000 Honda 122.898 2015
10. Gary Johnson 1000 Yamaha 122.859 2007
Ian Hutchinson and Guy Martin, 2006.

Laps at 125mph plus

The late David Jefferies set the first ever 125mph+ lap of the Mountain Course back in 2000 with John McGuinness joining him in 2002. Since then, the latter has been the dominant force of the TT races and it’s little surprise to see him at the top of this particular chart.

With Guy Martin absent in 2016, Bruce Anstey has now moved up to second overall, becoming the third rider to post more than 100 racing laps in excess of 125mph.

Bruce Anstey breaking records… 

Ian Hutchinson is up to fourth and is now only three behind Martin. That’s no mean feat given how many years Hutchinson lost due to injury although he’s only one ahead of Michael Dunlop. His total is equally impressive given he didn’t set his first 125mph+ lap until 2009.

With 125mph+ laps now being recorded regularly in the Supersport class as well as in the three 1000cc races, the top riders are now lapping in excess of 125mph as many as twenty times during the course of race week.

Riders Laps
1. John McGuinness (2002 – 16) 143
2. Bruce Anstey (2004 – 16) 111
3. Guy Martin (2005 – 15) 101
4. Ian Hutchinson (2006 – 16) 98
5. Michael Dunlop (2009 – 16) 97
6. James Hillier (2009 – 16) 76
7. Gary Johnson (2008 – 16) 74
8. Conor Cummins (2007 – 16) 69
9. Michael Rutter (2007 – 16) 67
10. William Dunlop (2010 – 16) 58

Laps at 120mph plus 

It’s now almost 30 years since the first 120mph lap was recorded with Steve Hislop going in the record books forever with his feats of 1989. Since then, a whopping 199 riders have lapped at more than 120mph, 12 new riders achieving this feat in 2016, and now, the likes of John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey can lap at more than 120mph in every racing lap they complete, even when time is added for pitting for fuel.

McGuinness has comfortably set more 120mph+ laps than any other rider with 253 being recorded over a 17-year period. Anstey is next up but over 40 laps behind although he’s achieved his figure in three less years than McGuinness.

Ian Lougher, who returned to the TT in 2016 after a three-year absence, still occupies third overall with Guy Martin close behind in fourth. There’s quite a gap to fifth placed Ian Hutchinson although, as mentioned above, his tally would be a lot higher had it not been for missing a number of years.

Again, Michael Dunlop’s placing in sixth is impressive due to his considerably shorter career and the same applies to James Hillier who moved up two places after TT 2016.

Rider Laps
1. John McGuinness (1999 – 16) 253
2. Bruce Anstey (2002 – 16) 209
3. Ian Lougher (1998 – 16) 184
4. Guy Martin (2004 – 15) 178
5. Ian Hutchinson (2004 – 16) 163
6. Michael Dunlop (2008 – 16) 155
7. James Hillier (2009 – 16) 146
8. Conor Cummins (2006 – 16) 141
9. Gary Johnson (2007 – 16) 138
10. Adrian Archibald (1999 – 12) 126
= Michael Rutter (1997 – 2016) 126

Leading winners – Solos (8 wins or more)

When Joey Dunlop took his 26th and last TT win in 2000, many thought that total would never be beaten, especially as it was 12 more than anyone else had at the time and that figure was greater going back to those riders that were still competing.

However, records are there to be broken and the form of John McGuinness has allowed him to continually close the gap and his two wins in 2015 mean he’s now just three behind Dunlop and with every chance of joining him on 26 wins. However, he failed to win a race in 2016 – for the first time since 2010 – and with the performances of Michael Dunlop and Ian Hutchinson in the 1000cc races, arguably the class McGuinness has the best chance of winning, he may be stuck on 23 wins for a while longer.

Dunlop, Grant and Haslam battling it out in 1980… 

Dunlop and McGuinness are comfortably clear of anyone else with the great Mike Hailwood next up on 14, the fact his last win was as far back as 1979 showing just how good he was. He’s now been joined by Hutchinson though with the Bingley rider taking a hat-trick of victories for the second successive year in 2016.

That puts them one ahead of Michael Dunlop whose brace in 2016 moved him up to fifth overall on the all-time list, the Ulsterman now having 13 wins. Still only 27, Dunlop has years ahead of him so, arguably, has the best chance of one day taking over at the top of the pile.

There are now three riders on 11 wins – Steve Hislop, Phillip McCallen and Bruce Anstey – with the last named moving up from ten wins in 2016, after taking his first victory in the TT Zero class.

Rider Wins
1. Joey Dunlop 26 (1977 – 2000)
2. John McGuinness 23 (1999 – 2015)
3. Mike Hailwood 14 (1961 – 1979)
= Ian Hutchinson 14 (2007 – 2016)
5. Michael Dunlop 13 (2009 – 2016)
6. Steve Hislop 11 (1987 – 1994)
= Phillip McCallen 11 (1992 – 1997)
= Bruce Anstey 11 (2002 – 2016)
9. Stanley Woods 10 (1923 – 1939)
= Giacomo Agostini 10 (1966 – 1972)
= Ian Lougher 10 (1990 – 2009)
12. Charlie Williams 9 (1973 – 1980)
= David Jefferies 9 (1999 – 2002)
14. Phil Read 8 (1961 – 1977)
= Chas Mortimer 8 (1970 – 1978)
= Jim Moodie 8 (1993 – 2002)

 Leading Podium Finishes – Solos (16 podiums or more)

Joey Dunlop may top the chart for the most wins but when it comes to podiums, John McGuinness is the leader with 46 podiums having been taken over a 19-year period, an average of more than two a year.

Dunlop’s 40 podiums were taken over a longer period of 23 years although third place Bruce Anstey’s total of 36 podiums is perhaps more impressive than both Dunlop and McGuinness given that his total is over the shorter period of 16 years.

Ian Lougher took podiums across the classes so it’s no surprise to see him in fourth overall and both Ian Hutchinson and Michael Dunlop moved up this particular leaderboard after the 2016 races. Hutchinson has taken a podium in all ten of his last races, a phenomenal achievement, whilst Charlie Williams’ seventh place is particularly impressive given he retired more than three decades ago.

Guy Martin makes in onto the list with the Lincolnshire rider being the only rider with 16 podiums or more not to have taken a win, a statistic he doesn’t need reminding of! Only time will tell if he returns to chase that elusive win.

Riders Podiums
1. John McGuinness 46 (1997 – 2016)
2. Joey Dunlop 40 (1977 – 2000)
3. Bruce Anstey 36 (2000 – 2016)
4. Ian Lougher 29 (1989 – 2009)
5. Ian Hutchinson 25 (2006 – 2016)
6. Michael Dunlop 22 (2009 – 2016)
7. Charlie Williams 20 (1971 – 1984)
8. Mike Hailwood 19 (1958 – 1979)
= Steve Hislop 19 (1987 – 1994)
= Phillip McCallen 19 (1991 – 1999)
= Tony Rutter 19 (1972 – 1985)
12. Chas Mortimer 17 (1969 – 1984)
13. Mick Grant 16 (1972 – 1985)
= Guy Martin 16 (2005 – 2015)

Cast your vote now, can John McGuinness be the guy to beat Dunlop’s record?

Statistical information provided by Phil Wain.

Top 25 Fastest Riders – Sidecars

It was way back in 1977 that the first 100mph lap was recorded by a sidecar team, Dick Greasley and Mick Skeels having that particular honour and almost 20 years later, the magical 110mph barrier was topped.

Dave Molyneux/Peter Hill took that particular honour in 1996 and since then, the outright lap record remained in the hands of the local contingent right up until 2016 when Ben and Tom Birchall finally reclaimed it for England.

Molyneux held the record from 1996 until 2007 when Nick Crowe and Daniel Sayle set a lap of 116.667mph which looked like it could well last forever as no-one got near it over the next seven years. However, that all changed in 2015 when Molyneux and Ben Binns and the Birchall’s went head to head throughout the second race.

Dave Molyneux with Dan Sayle in 2004

Molyneux and Binns

It was the Manx pairing of Molyneux and Binns that just shaded it in a thrilling final lap only for the Birchall’s to go quicker still in the first race of 2016 although they retired on the final lap. However, they bounced back to win the second with more 116mph+ laps and with John Holden also lapping in excess of 116mph, four crews have now achieved the feat. The most telling aspect of the fastest lap chart is how many times Sayle appears, further adding weight to the argument he’s the greatest TT sidecar passenger ever.

Peter Founds/Jevan Walmsley, Steve and Matty Ramsden and Tony Baker/Fiona Baker-Milligan became the three newest members of the 110mph Club during the 2016 meeting.

Driver/ Passenger Machine Year Time Speed
1. Ben Birchall/ Tom Birchall 600 Honda 2016 19m22.982s 116.798
2. Dave Molyneux/ Ben Binns 600 Suzuki 2015 19m23.056s 116.785
3. Nick Crowe/ Daniel Sayle 600 Honda 2007 19m24.24s 116.667
4. John Holden/ Daniel Sayle 600 Suzuki 2015 19m30.520s 116.041
5. Klaus Klaffenbock/ Daniel Sayle 600 Honda 2011 19m43.19s 114.798
6. Conrad Harrison/ Mike Aylott 600 Honda 2014 19m44.472s 114.674
7. Tim Reeves/ Daniel Sayle 600 Honda 2013  19m45.158s  114.608
8. Ian Bell/ Carl Bell 600 Yamaha 2016 19m50.872s 114.058
9. Phil Dongworth/ Gary Partridge 600 Honda 2009 19m51.01s 114.045
10. Simon Neary/ Stuart Bond 600 Suzuki 2009 20m02.31s 112.972

Leading winner – Sidecar drivers (3 or more)

When it comes to outright winners in the sidecar class, there’s no doubt Dave Molyneux is head and shoulders above everyone else and his tally of 17 wins – third overall behind Joey Dunlop and John McGuinness – is phenomenal given the fact he’s only had two opportunities a year to add to his total. He’s also missed a number of years when on duty elsewhere so it’s reasonable to suggest he could have topped 20 by now if it wasn’t for that.

Rob Fisher is the next best with 10 wins, the Cumbrian being Molyneux’s main rival throughout the 1990s and early 2000s whilst joint third remains Siegfried Schauzu, Mick Boddice and Dave Saville, the latter’s victories all coming in the Formula Two class.

The list below also includes some of the greatest sidecar exponents ever with World Champions Jock Taylor, Klaus Enders, Ben Birchall, Rolf Steinhausen, Max Deubel, Walter Schneider and Klaus Klaffenbock all featuring.

Drivers Wins
1. Dave Molyneux 17 (1989 – 2014)
2. Rob Fisher 10 (1994 – 2002)
3. Siegfried Schauzu 9 (1967 – 1975)
= Mick Boddice 9 (1983 – 1991)
= Dave Saville 9 (1985 – 1990)
6. Nick Crowe 5 (2005 – 2008)
7. Klaus Enders 4 (1969 – 1973)
= Jock Taylor 4 (1980 – 1982)
= Trevor Ireson 4 (1979 – 1983)
= Ben Birchall 4 (2013 – 2016)
10. Klaus Klaffenbock 3 (2010 – 2011)
= Max Deubel 3 (1961 – 1965)
= Walter Schneider 3 (1955 – 1959)
= Rolf Steinhausen 3 (1975 – 1978)
Lowry Burton 1988

Leading winners – Sidecar passengers (3 or more)

Sidecar passengers are a unique breed but there can be no denying they’re as important as the driver when it comes to winning races, especially at the TT. Their knowledge of the course and knowing what the driver is doing, and where, is paramount to their success and whilst some of the passengers below all achieved their success with one driver – Chas Birks and Benga Johansson, for example – others haven’t which further proves their credentials.

Rick Long’s wins came with two drivers, Fisher (6) and Molyneux (2) whilst Sayle has been victorious with three, Molyneux (4), Klaffenbock (3) and Tim Reeves (1).

Passenger Wins
1. Rick Long 8 (1997 – 2008)
= Daniel Sayle 8 (2004 – 2013)
3. Wolfgang Kalauch 7 (1970 – 1978)
4. Chas Birks 6 (1983 – 1989)
5. Benga Johansson 4 (1980 – 1982)
= Horst Schneider 4 (1967 – 1970)
= Tom Birchall 4 (2013 – 2016)
8. Ralf Engelhardt 3 (1969 – 1973)
= Emil Horner 3 (1961 – 1965)
= Darren Hope 3 (2005 – 2005)
= Clive Pollington 3 (1979 – 1980)
= Hans Strauss 3 (1955 – 1959)
= Donny Williams 3 (1982 – 1987)

Leading podium finishes – Sidecar drivers (6 or more)

As expected, Molyneux is again the leading driver when it comes to TT podiums and a phenomenal statistic is that out of the 32 TT Races he’s finished, he’s been on the podium in 29 of them. That also places him joint fourth overall with only McGuinness, Dunlop and Anstey ahead of him, another remarkable feat given he only gets two races a year.

The Manxman is still as quick as ever and although he’s now been competing at the TT for 30 years, you can guarantee he still has rostrum finishes in him. At present, it looks like his tally will never be beaten.

Next up is Mick Boddice whose podium places came over a 17-year period and he has a sizeable gap over third placed John Holden who overhauled Siggi Schauzu, a leading light when the World Championship races were still held on the island, during the 2016 meeting.

Driver Podiums
1. Dave Molyneux 29 (1989 – 2015)
2. Mick Boddice 20 (1978 – 1995)
3. John Holden 15 (2005 – 2016)
4. Siegfried Schauzu 14 (1967 – 1976)
5. Rob Fisher 13 (1994 – 2002)
= Dave Saville 13 (1979 – 1993)
7. Dick Greasley 11 (1975 – 1984)
= Steve Norbury 11 (2000 – 2007)
= Nick Croew 11 (1998 – 2008)
10. Roy Hanks 10 (1981 – 1998)
11. Conrad Harrison 9 (2010 – 2015)
12. Kenny Howles 7 (1987 – 1998)
= Jock Taylor 7 (1978 – 1982
14. Geoff Bell 6 (1990 – 2000)
= Lowry Burton 6 (1984 – 1988)
= Rolf Steinhausen 6 (1973 – 1978)
= Ben Birchall 6 (2012 – 2016)

Leading podium finishers – Sidecar passengers (6 or more)

It’s tight at the top for the highest number of podium finishes by a sidecar passenger with both Wolfgang Kalauch and Daniel Sayle tied on 14 although the latter is still obviously competing and has every chance of taking the top spot outright.

German Kalauch partnered some of the sport’s greats and his podiums came with five different drivers – Helmut Fath, Klaus Enders, Rolf Steinhausen, Siegfried Schauzu and Georg Auerbacher, the first three all World Champions.

Sayle’s podiums have also come with five different drivers – Molyneux, Klaus Klaffenbock, John Holden, Tim Reeves and Greg Lambert – and, like Kalauch, cover a 12-year period.

Meanwhile, the third and fourth placed passengers – Andy Winkle and Chas Birks – achieved their podiums with the same drivers, Mick Boddice and John Holden respectively. Sayle and Winkle are, of course, still competing so have great chance of topping the chart outright.

Passengers Podiums
1. Wolfgang Kalauch 14 (1966 – 1978)
= Daniel Sayle 14 (2003 – 2015)
3. Andrew Winkle 12 (2006 – 2016)
4. Chas Birks 10 (1978 – 1989)
= Dave Wells 10 (1990 – 2006)
6. Rick Long 9 (1997 – 2007
7. Peter Hill 8 (1992 – 1996)
= Darren Hope 8 (2003 – 2006)
= Mike Aylott 8 (2011 – 2015)
= Patrick Farrance 8 (2008 – 2016)
11. Scott Parnell 6 (2004 – 2007)
= Steve Pointer 6 (198 – 1996)
= Horst Schneider 6 (1967 – 1970)
= Tom Birchall 6 (2012 – 2016

Information provided by Phil Wain.

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