Isle of Man TT Records and Stats

IOM TT: Records and Stats

With 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 had relatively levelled out, that all changed in 2018 with Dean Harrison and then Peter Hickman smashing the outright lap record, the latter having the honour of the first rider to lap the Mountain Course at more than 135mph.

McGuinness had held the outright lap record from 2004 until 2014 when Bruce Anstey set the first ever 132mph+ lap only for the Morecambe man to reclaim it in 2015 with a lap of 132.701mph. However, with some superb weather, 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.

John McGuinness

Dunlop breaks 133mph 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.

Hickman and Harrison dominate

The records only stood for two years though as Harrison and Hickman took racing around the 37.73-mile circuit to heights never seen before in 2018. Harrison firstly did it in the opening Superbike race, smashing the lap record from a standing start after lapping at 134.432mph and then a titanic battle in the Senior between the Kawasaki rider and Hickman changed things again.

Harrison improved his lap time to 134.918mph but Hickman flashed over the line shortly afterwards at a breathtaking 135.452mph with the Mountain Course lap record finally quicker than the Ulster Grand Prix.

All six sectors saw record times set in 2018, five of those coming in the Senior with Steve Plater’s long-standing time from 2009 between Ramsey and the Bungalow – of which no-one had previously got to within three tenths of a second – being bettered by Hickman by almost four seconds!

The ideal lap – combing the six best sector times ever set – was improved by a massive 13 seconds and now stands at 16m35.711s (136.413 mph) with Hickman’s outright lap record 7.067s adrift

However, despite of the good weather at TT2018, there were no new members of the ‘130mph Club’, the latest additions remaining Josh Brookes and Martin Jessopp from 2017.

Riders Machine Race Time Speed
1. Peter Hickman 1000 BMW 2018S 16m42.778s 135.452mph
2. Dean Harrison 1000 Kawasaki 2018S 16m46.742s 134.918
3. Michael Dunlop 1000 BMW 2016S 16m53.929s 133.962
4. Ian Hutchinson 1000 Kawasaki 2016S 17m00.384s 133.115
5. John McGuinness 1000 Honda 2015S 17m03.567s 132.701
6. Conor Cummins 1000 Honda 2018Su 17m04.431s 132.589
7. James Hillier 1000 Kawasaki 2015S 17m05.779s 132.414
8. Guy Martin 1000 BMW 2015S 17m05.907s 132.398
9. Bruce Anstey 1000 Honda 2014Su 17m06.682s 132.298
10. Josh Brookes 1000 Norton 2018S 17m10.994s 131.745
11. David Johnson 1000 BMW 2015S 17m12.165s 131.595
12. Michael Rutter 1000 BMW 2016St 17m15.924s 131.118
13. Gary Johnson 1000 Kawasaki 2016S 17m17.291s 130.945
14. William Dunlop 1000 Superbike 2014S 17m18.016s 130.853
15. Lee Johnston 1000 BMW 2015St 17m18.037s 130.851
16. Martin Jessopp 1000 BMW 2018Su 17m18.910s 130.741
17. Cameron Donald 1000 Honda 2013Su 17m19.007s 130.729
18. Steve Plater 1000 Honda 2009S 17m20.91s 130.490
19. Dan Kneen 1000 BMW 2017St 17m22.051s 130.347
20. Keith Amor 1000 Honda 2011S 17m23.41s 130.177
21. Phil Crewe 1000 BMW 2018Su 17m25.176s 129.957
22. Ryan Farquhar 1000 Kawasaki 2010St 17m25.77s 129.883
23. Sam West 1000 BMW 2018S 17m27.118s 129.716
24. Steve Mercer 1000 Honda 2016Su 17m30.299s 129.323
25. Ivan Lintin 1000 Kawasaki 2018St 17m31.442s 129.183

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 41 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 fastest rider of all time with his lap of 135.452mph in 2018.

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 and although there were only three newcomers in 2017 (who only competed in the Supersport and Lightweight races), Adam McLean’s lap of 120.644mph made him the fifth fastest newcomer ever on a 600cc machine.

However, a big change happened in 2018 when Davey Todd set stunning lap times throughout the fortnight to better Brookes’ speed from 2013 and become the second fastest newcomer ever with a lap of 128.379mph.

Riders Machine Time Year
1. Peter Hickman 1000 BMW 129.104 2014
2. Davey Todd 1000 Suzuki 128.379 2018
3. Josh Brookes 1000 Suzuki 127.726 2013
4. Steve Plater 1000 Yamaha 125.808 2007
5. Simon Andrews 1000 BMW 125.134 2011
6. Keith Amor 1000 Honda 124.856 2007
7. Horst Saiger 1000 Kawasaki 123.846 2013
8. David Johnson 1000 Honda 123.838 2010
9. Martin Jessopp 1000 BMW 123.474 2014
10. Derek McGee 1000 Honda 122.898 2015
Ian Hutchinson and Guy Martin, 2006.

Laps at 130mph plus

As mentioned, it was John McGuinness who set the first ever 130mph lap, fittingly in the Centennial event of 2007, and the Morecambe Missile continued to lead the way for having posted the most 130mph+ laps under racing conditions up until 2016.

His injury-hit year of 2014 allowed Michael Dunlop to close in and although he suffered his own trials and tribulations in 2015, the Northern Ireland rider joined McGuinness at the top of the pile. However, with Dunlop back to his scintillating best in 2016 and 2017, he’s now taken over outright with 17 more 130mph+ laps than McGuinness, the latter missing the 2017 and 2018 events entirely due to injury.

Indeed, Dunlop has now completed 50 racing laps at more than 130mph and although McGuinness remains in second, he’s now only one ahead of James Hillier who moved from fifth to third after TT2018 having overhauled both Ian Hutchinson and Bruce Anstey.

After their record-breaking exploits, Dean Harrison and Peter Hickman jumped up the order into sixth and eighth respectively with Conor Cummins now sandwiched in between them. As a result of his retirement, Guy Martin dropped down to ninth with veteran Michael Rutter chalking up two more 130mph+ laps in 2018 to stay in tenth.

Rider Laps
1. Michael Dunlop (2010-2018) 50
2. John McGuinness (2007 – 2016) 33
3. James Hillier (2013 – 2018) 32
4. Ian Hutchinson (2010 – 2017) 30
5. Bruce Anstey (2011 – 2017) 25
6. Dean Harrison (2014 – 2018) 26
7. Conor Cummins (2009 – 2018) 25
8. Peter Hickman (2015 – 2018) 23
9. Guy Martin (2011 – 2015) 19
10. Michael Rutter (2013 – 2018) 17
11 David Johnson (2015 – 2017) 13
12. Gary Johnson (2011 – 2018) 8
13. Lee Johnston (2015 – 2016) 6
= Josh Brookes (2017 – 2018) 6
15. Cameron Donald (2012 – 2013) 5
16. Steve Plater (2009) 4
= William Dunlop (2013 – 2014) 4
18. Dan Kneen (2015 – 2017) 3
= Martin Jessopp (2017 – 2018) 3
20. Keith Amor (2011) 1

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. After that, the latter became the dominant force of the TT races and it’s little surprise to see him at the top of this particular chart despite missing the last two years of racing.

With Bruce Anstey sadly absent in 2018, Michael Dunlop has now moved up to second overall, but he’s still 14 behind McGuinness which shows the Lancastrian’s consistency over the years. Anstey drops to third with Ian Hutchinson and Guy Martin remaining in fourth and fifth respectively.

Indeed, they’re the only five riders to post more than 100 racing laps in excess of 125mph although had it not been for retirement in the Senior race, James Hillier would have achieved it in 2018. He’s in sixth overall ahead of Conor Cummins and Gary Johnson.

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. Dunlop and Dean Harrison recorded the most 125mph+ laps in 2018 with 19 each, Harrison breaking into the top ten of this particular list for the first time.

Rider Laps
1. John McGuinness (2002 – 2016) 143
2. Michael Dunlop (2009 – 2018) 129
3. Bruce Anstey (2004 – 2017) 114
4. Ian Hutchinson (2006 – 2018) 107
5. Guy Martin (2005 – 2015) 101
6. James Hillier (2009 – 2018) 98
7. Conor Cummins (2007 – 2018) 92
8. Gary Johnson (2008 – 2018) 90
9. Dean Harrison (2012 – 2018) 88
10. Michael Rutter (2007 – 2018) 87

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 225 riders have lapped at more than 120mph, 13 new riders achieving this feat in 2018, and now, the likes of Michael Dunlop, 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 30 laps behind although he’s achieved his figure in two less years than McGuinness.

Michael Dunlop moved from sixth to third overall after the 2018 meeting with no less than 26 racing laps at more than 120mph during race week and that’s put him ahead of Ian Lougher, who made a return to the TT after a two-year absence.

Ian Hutchinson moved ahead of Guy Martin but stays in fifth overall with the latter dropping to sixth where he’s now joined by local hero Conor Cummins. James Hillier drops a place to eighth with the top ten being completed by Gary Johnson and Michael Rutter.

Bruce Anstey breaking records… 

Riders Laps
1. John McGuinness (2002 – 2016) 253
2. Bruce Anstey (2004 – 2017) 226
3. Michael Dunlop (2008 – 2018) 197
4. Ian Lougher (1998 – 2018) 190
5. Ian Hutchinson (2004 – 2018) 187
6. Guy Martin (2005 – 2015) 178
= Conor Cummins (2006 – 2018) 178
8. James Hillier (2009 – 2018) 177
9. Gary Johnson (2008 – 2018) 170
10. Michael Rutter (2007 – 2018) 158

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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. However, he’s failed to win a race since 2015 and it could well be that the Dunlop name is the one to break Joey’s tally as Michael’s hat-trick at 2018 moved him on to a total of 18 wins.

Dunlop, Grant and Haslam battling it out in 1980… 

Joey Dunlop and McGuinness still have a healthy advantage although Michael only needs eight wins to match his uncle, something he could achieve in the next 3-4 years if he stays free of injury. Ian Hutchinson is next up on 16, the Bingley rider adding two more wins to his collection in 2017 and pulling clear of Mike Hailwood. He returned from injury in 2018 but only time will tell if he can get back to race-winning form.

The recent success of Hutchinson and Dunlop has pushed the great Hailwood down to fifth overall but the fact his final win was as far back as 1979 shows just how good he was.

Sixth outright now is Kiwi Bruce Anstey, whose two successive TT Zero wins in 2016 and 2017 has put him onto 12 victories and one ahead of two more greats – Steve Hislop and Phillip McCallen – who both recorded 11 victories.

Rider Wins
1. Joey Dunlop 26 (1977 – 2000)
2. John McGuinness 23 (1999 – 2015)
3. Michael Dunlop 18 (2009 – 2018)
4. Ian Hutchinson 16 (2007 – 2017)
5. Mike Hailwood 14 (1961 – 1979)
6. Bruce Anstey 12 (2002 – 2017)
7. Steve Hislop 11 (1987 – 1994)
= Phillip McCallen 11 (1992 – 1997)
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 37 podiums is perhaps more impressive than both Dunlop and McGuinness given that his total is over the shorter period of 17 years.

Ian Lougher took podiums across the classes so it’s no surprise to see him in fourth overall and Michael Dunlop is now equal with him having stood on the podium four more times in 2018 whilst Ian Hutchinson remains on 27 after his return from injury.

Hutchinson took 11 successive rostrums from the 2015 Superbike race through to the 2017 Superstock race, a phenomenal achievement, whilst Charlie Williams’ seventh place is particularly impressive given he retired more than three decades ago.

Guy Martin moved up a place in 2017 with his 17th podium coming in the TT Zero race, 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!

Riders Podiums
1. John McGuinness 46 (1997 – 2016)
2. Joey Dunlop 40 (1977 – 2000)
3. Bruce Anstey 37 (2000 – 2017)
4. Ian Lougher 28 (1989 – 2009)
= Michael Dunlop 28 (2009 – 2018)
6. Ian Hutchinson 27 (2006 – 2017)
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)
= Guy Martin 17 (2005 – 2017)
14. Mick Grant  16 (1972 – 1985)

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 with the 108mph+ record laps of Jock Taylor/Benga Johansson (1982) and Mick Boddice/Chas Birks (1989) remaining in the record books for some time before the F2 class speeds increased.

The honour of the first 110mph lap went to Dave Molyneux/Peter Hill in 1996 and since then, the outright lap record remained in the hands of the Manx contingent right up until 2016 when Ben and Tom Birchall finally reclaimed it for England, the duo increasing it ever since.

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.

The Birchall’s increased their lap record to even greater heights in both 2017 and 2018, setting the first ever 117, 118 and 119mph+ laps around the Mountain Course on three wheels, the latter seeing them record the first ever sub 19-minute lap by a sidecar, a truly phenomenal feat. John Holden and Tim Reeves also broke the old lap record to move up to second and third overall respectively

Lewis Blackstock/Patrick Rosney set their first ever 110mph+ lap in 2017 with Estelle Leblond becoming the first female driver to achieve the landmark a year later, her passenger Melanie Farnier now also the fastest ever female passenger. 30 drivers have now lapped at more than 110mph.

Driver/ Passenger Machine Year Time Speed
1. Ben Birchall/ Tom Birchall 600 Honda 2018 18m59.018s 119.250mph
2. John Holden/ Lee Cain 600 Honda 2018 19m12.276s 117.878
3. Tim Reeves/ Mark Wilkes 600 Honda 2018 19m13.739s 117.729
4. Dave Molyneux/ Ben Binns 600 Suzuki 2015 19m23.056s 116.785
5. Nick Crowe/ Daniel Sayle 600 Honda 2007 19m24.24s 116.667
6. Alan Founds/ Jake Lowther 600 Yamaha 2017 19m39.986s 115.110
7. Klaus Klaffenbock/ Daniel Sayle 600 Honda 2011 19m43.19s 114.798
8. Conrad Harrison/Mike Aylott 600 Honda 2014 19m44.472s 114.674
9. Peter Founds/ Jevan Walmsley 600 Suzuki 2018 19m45.100s 114.613
10. Ian Bell/ Carl Bell 600 Yamaha 2016 19m50.872s 114.058
11. Phil Dongworth/ Gary Partridge 600 Honda 2009 19m51.01s 114.045
12. Lewis Blackstock/ Patrick Rosney 600 Honda 2018 19m54.854s 113.677
13. Simon Neary/ Stuart Bond 600 Suzuki 2009 20m02.31s 112.972
14. Steve Norbury/ Rick Long 600 Yamaha 2008 20m03.78s 112.835
15. Gary Byran/ Jamie Winn 600 Honda 2013 20m12.160s 112.055
16. Karl Bennett/ Lee Cain 600 Suzuki 2016 20m12.639s 112.010
17. Tony Elmer/ Darren Marshall 600 Yamaha 2011 20m13.88s 111.896
18. Dougie Wright/ Martin Hull 600 Honda 2013 20m14.863s 111.805
19. Steve Ramsden/ Matty Ramsden 600 Honda 2018 20m15.145s 111.779
20. Matthew Dix/ Shaun Parker 600 Yamaha 2016 20m16.724s 111.634
21. Rob Fisher/ Rick Long 600 Honda 2002 20m17.30s 111.580
22. Allan Schofield/ Peter Founds 600 Suzuki 2007 20m17.99s 111.518
23. Gary Knight/ Jason Crowe 600 Kawasaki 2015 20m23.351s 111.029
24. Estelle Leblond/ Melanie Farnier 600 Suzuki 2018 20m25.636s 110.732
23. Tony Baker/ Fiona Baker-Milligan 600 Suzuki 2016 20m27.307s 110.672

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 – fourth overall behind Joey Dunlop, John McGuinness and Michael Dunlop – 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.

Ben Birchall moved onto six wins after his double in 2017 and 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. Ben Birchall 8 (2013 – 2018)
7. Nick Crowe 5 (2005 – 2008)
8. Klaus Enders 4 (1969 – 1973)
= Jock Taylor 4 (1980 – 1982)
= Trevor Ireson 4 (1979 – 1983)
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, Tom Birchall 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).

Long, Sayle and Birchall lead the way on eight wins but the latter has a great chance of taking the record outright in 2019 given his recent run of form.

Passenger Wins
1. Rick Long 8 (1997 – 2008)
= Daniel Sayle 8 (2004 – 2013)
= Tom Birchall 8 (2013 – 2018)
4. Wolfgang Kalauch 7 (1970 – 1978)
5. Chas Birks 6 (1983 – 1989)
6. Benga Johansson 4 (1980 – 1982)
= Horst Schneider 4 (1967 – 1970)
8. Ralf Engelhardt 3 (1969 – 1973)
= Patrick Farrance 3 (2012 – 2014)
= 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 34 TT Races he’s finished, he’s been on the podium in 30 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 over 30 years, he still has rostrum finishes in him as seen by a third place in 2017. 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’s now only one ahead of third placed John Holden who has stood on the rostrum in every race since 2014.

Driver Podiums
1. Dave Molyneux 30 (1989 – 2017)
2. Mick Boddice 20 (1978 – 1995)
3. John Holden 19 (2005 – 2018)
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)
= Conrad Harrison 10 (2010 – 2017)
= Ben Birchall 10 (2012 – 2018)
13. Tim Reeves 8 (2008 – 2018)
14. Kenny Howles 7 (1987 – 1998)
= Jock Taylor 7 (1978 – 1982
16. Geoff Bell 6 (1990 – 2000)
= Lowry Burton 6 (1984 – 1988)
= Rolf Steinhausen 6 (1973 – 1978)

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 but Dan Sayle’s third place in the opening race of 2017 gave him the top spot outright, finally ending Wolfgang Kalauch’s long reign in the number one place.

Sayle’s podiums have home with five different drivers – Dave Molyneux, Klaus Klaffenbock, John Holden, Tim Reeves and Greg Lambert – and covers a 14-year period, two more than German Kalauch. He partnered some of the sport’s greats and his podiums also came with five different drivers – Helmut Fath, Klaus Enders, Rolf Steinhausen, Siegfried Schauzu and Georg Auerbacher, the first three all World Champions.

Andy Winkle strengthened his hold of third overall with his 13th podium in 2017, although this was his first with Conrad Harrison as the previous 12 were with John Holden. Chas Birks achieved all 10 of his podiums with Mick Boddice with Tom Birchall moving onto ten podiums after his double victory with brother Ben in 2018.

Passengers Podiums
1. Daniel Sayle 15 (2003 – 2017)
2.. Wolfgang Kalauch 14 (1966 – 1978)
3. Andrew Winkle 12 (2006 – 2016)
4. Chas Birks 10 (1978 – 1989)
= Dave Wells 10 (1990 – 2006)
= Tom Birchall 10 (2012 – 2018)
7. Rick Long 9 (1997 – 2007
8. Peter Hill 8 (1992 – 1996)
= Darren Hope 8 (2003 – 2006)
= Mike Aylott 8 (2011 – 2015)
= Patrick Farrance 8 (2008 – 2016)
12. Scott Parnell 6 (2004 – 2007)
= Steve Pointer 6 (198 – 1996)
= Horst Schneider 6 (1967 – 1970)

Current Lap Records

CATEGORY RIDER(S) BIKE YEAR TIME

AVERAGE SPEED

Outright Peter Hickman BMW S1000RR 2018 16’42.778 135.452mph
TT Superbike Dean Harrison Kawasaki ZX-10R 2018 16’50.384 134.432mph
Supersport 600cc TT) Michael Dunlop Honda CBR600RR 2018 17’31.328 129.197mph
Lightweight TT (Supertwins – Mountain Circuit) Michael Dunlop Paton 650cc 2018 18’26.543 122.750mph
Lightweight TT (250cc – Mountain circuit) John McGuinness Honda 1999 19’18.2 118.29mph
Lightweight TT (250cc – Billown circuit) Chris Palmer Honda 2009 2’29.068 102.638mph
Ultra lightweight TT Mountain circuit (125cc) Chris Palmer Honda 2004 20’20.87 110.52 mph
Ultra lightweight TT (125cc – Billown circuit) Ian Lougher Honda 2009 2’39.291 96.051mph
Senior TT Peter Hickman BMW S1000RR 2018 16’42.778 135.452mph
Superstock TT Peter Hickman BMW S1000RR 2018 16’50.601 134.403mph
Sidecar Ben Birchall/Tom Birchall 600 LCR Honda 2018 18’59.018 119.250mph
TT Zero Michael Rutter Mugen 2018 18’34.956 121.824mph
Fastest female (solo) Jenny Tinmouth Honda CBR1000RR 2010 18’52.42 119.945mph
Fastest female (driver) Estelle Leblond 600 SGR Suzuki 2018 20’26.636 110.732mph
Fastest female (passenger) Melanie Farnier 600 SGR Suzuki 2018 20’26.636 110.732mph

Current Race Records

CATEGORY RIDER (S) BIKE YEAR RACE TIME AV SPEED
SUPERBIKE TT

(6 laps)

Michael Dunlop BMW S1000RR 2018 1:44.13.398 130.324mph
SUPERSPORT/

JUNIOR TT (4 laps)

Dean Harrison Kawasaki ZX-6R 2018 1:11.28.059 126.703mph
SENIOR TT

(6 laps)

Peter Hickman BMW S1000RR 2018 1:43.08.065 131.700mph
SENIOR TT

(4 laps)

John McGuinness 1000 Honda Racing 2015 1:09.23.903 130.481 mph
SUPERSTOCK TT

(4 laps)

Peter Hickman 1000 BMW S1000RR 2018 1:08.49.976 131.553mph
LIGHTWEIGHT TT (4 laps) Michael Dunlop 650cc Paton 2018 1:15.05.032 120.601mph
LIGHTWEIGHT TT (3 laps) Ivan Lintin 650cc Kawasaki 2015 57.06.070 118.936mph
SIDECAR TT

(3 laps)

Ben Birchall/Tom Birchall 600 LCR Honda 2018 57.25.040 119.250mph

Information provided by Phil Wain.

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