Isle of Man TT: Records and 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 with 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, increasing in small increments, that all changed in 2018 with Dean Harrison and then Peter Hickman smashing the outright lap record, the latter being the first rider to lap the Mountain Course at more than 135mph.

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John McGuinness Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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 both the 133mph and sub-17m barriers.

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.

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Michael Dunlop TT 2022 Pacemaker Press International

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.

Peter Hickman TT 2022

Harrison improved his lap time to 134.918mph but Hickman flashed over the line shortly afterwards at a breathtaking 135.452mph with the first, and to date only, 135mph+ lap. All six sectors were broken, 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 – combining 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 actual outright lap record 7.067s adrift

Despite of the good weather at TT2018, there were no new members of the ‘130mph Club’, but Davey Todd and Jamie Coward became the latest additions in 2019. Conor Cummins broke the 133mph barrier for the first time in 2022 to move from sixth to fourth whilst Coward improved slightly to remain the fastest rider ever on a Yamaha but that changed in 2023 when James Hillier grabbed that particular accolade with a lap of 132.703mph.

However, the stunning weather of 2023 allowed speeds to ramp up considerably and although Michael Dunlop followed Hickman into the 135mph club, the latter upstaged him when he set another new outright lap record, this time lapping at 136.358mph – in the Superstock race!

All but one of the sectors saw new, record times, the exception being Ballaugh to Ramsey, with Hickman now holding all six. The ideal lap – adding the best times from the six sectors together – now stands at 16m32.946s, 136.793mph.

Hillier, Todd, Coward and the returning Josh Brookes were amongst a whole host of riders to set new personal best laps with Craig Neve, Shaun Anderson, Rob Hodson and Dominic Herbertson setting their first ever 130mph+ laps.

Riders Machine Race Time Speed (mph)
1. Peter Hickman 1000 BMW 20203St2 16m 36.115s 136.358
2. Michael Dunlop 1000 Honda 2023S 16m 44.206s 135.259
3. Dean Harrison 1000 Kawasaki 2018S 16m 46.724s 134.918
4. Conor Cummins 1000 Honda 2022St 17m 00.375s 133.116
5. Ian Hutchinson 1000 BMW 2016S 17m 00.384s 133.115
6. Davey Todd 1000 Honda 2023Su 17m 01.404s 132.982
7. James Hillier 1000 Yamaha 2023S 17m 03.547s 132.703
8. John McGuinness 1000 Honda 2015S 17m 03.567s 132.701
9. Josh Brookes 1000 BMW 2023S 17m 04.896s 132.529
10. Guy Martin 1000 BMW 2015S 17m 05.907s 132.398
11. Bruce Anstey 1000 Honda 2014Su 17m 06.682s 132.298
12. Jamie Coward 1000 Honda 2023St1 17m 08.254s 132.096
13. Michael Rutter 1000 BMW 2017S 17m 11.272s 131.709
14. David Johnson 1000 BMW 2015S 17m 12.165s 130.595
15. Gary Johnson 1000 BMW 2016S 17m 17.291s 130.945
16. Craig Neve 1000 Honda 2023S 17m 17.939s 130.863
17. William Dunlop 1000 Suzuki 2014S 17m 18.016s 130.853
18. Lee Johnston 1000 BMW 2015St 17m 18.037s 130.851
19. Martin Jessopp 1000 BMW 2018Su 17m 18.910s 130.741
20. Cameron Donald 1000 Honda 2013Su 17m 19.007s 130.729
21. Steve Plater 1000 Honda 2009S 17m 20.91s 130.490
22. Shaun Anderson 1000 Suzuki 2023Su 17m 21.973s 130.357
23. Dan Kneen 1000 BMW 2017St 17m 22.051s 130.347
24. Rob Hodson 1000 Honda 2023S 17m 22.210s 130.327
25. Dominic Herbertson 1000 BMW 2023Su 17m22.635s 120.274

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 44 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.

Brookes 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.

Peter Hickman Image Credit Pacemaker Press International

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 then second fastest newcomer ever with a lap of 128.379mph. Meanwhile, despite the horrendous weather and lack of practice laps in 2019, Swiss rider Lukas Maurer put in some impressive performances to become the ninth fastest newcomer of all time.

However, when British Superbike Championship race winner Glenn Irwin announced he’d be making his TT debut in 2020, many thought he’d be the first newcomer to break the 130mph barrier. The multiple North West 200 winner had to wait until 2022 before he could finally make his debut and he duly delivered with a lap in the Superbike race of 129.849mph to finally better Hickman’s mark from eight years before. Hopes of a 130mph+ lap were dashed though when he was forced to retire from the closing Senior race.

Ryan Cringle became the fifth fastest newcomer of all-time in 2023 when a host of impressive performances saw the Manxman lap at 126.096mph.

Riders Machine Time Year
1. Glenn Irwin 1000 Honda 129.849 2022
2. Peter Hickman 1000 BMW 129.104 2014
3. Davey Todd 1000 Suzuki 128.379 2018
4. Josh Brookes 1000 Suzuki 127.726 2013
5. Ryan Cringle 1000 Honda 126.096 2023
6. Steve Plater 1000 Yamaha 125.808 2007
7. Simon Andrews 1000 BMW 125.134 2011
8. Keith Amor 1000 Honda 124.856 2007
9. Horst Saiger 1000 Kawasaki 123.846 2013
10. David Johnson 1000 Honda 123.838 2010
Glenn Irwin Image Credit Pacemaker Press International

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 the outright leader with 20 more 130mph+ laps than second placed rider Dean Harrison.

One of the most consistent TT riders since 2016, Harrison – along with Peter Hickman and Conor Cummins – overhauled James Hillier during the 2022 event after the latter failed to record a single 130mph+ racing lap for the first time since 2012. Hillier was back to his best though in 2023 with 132mph+ laps recorded.

Hickman’s ascendancy continues at pace, quite literally, and he’s now equal second with Harrison, the Burton upon Trent rider recording the most 130mph+ laps at both the 2022 and 2023 events. Indeed, whilst Dunlop has more 131mph+ laps than anyone, Hickman has recorded more 132, 133, 134, 135 and 136mph+ laps than anyone else which highlights his domination of late.

John McGuinness dropped from fourth to sixth after the 2022 meeting when he, like Hillier, failed to register a 130mph+ lap and that was true of now seventh placed Ian Hutchinson.

With McGuinness and Hutchinson, arguably, in the twilight of their careers, only time will tell if they get back in amongst the 130mph+ lap laps but they remain comfortably clear of Bruce Anstey, Guy Martin, Michael Rutter and David Johnson, the latter three riders joint ninth on 19 130mph+ laps.

The 130mph lap is now the benchmark at the TT and the speed at which success is measured. Only laps in excess of 130mph will see you finish in the top six and, indeed, they’re now required to make it into the top ten.

Rider Laps
1. Michael Dunlop (2010-2023) 75
2. Dean Harrison (2014 – 2023) 55
= Peter Hickman (2015 – 2023) 55
4. James Hillier (2013 – 2023) 47
5. Conor Cummins (2009 – 2023) 46
6. John McGuinness (2007 – 2023) 40
7. Ian Hutchinson (2010– 2017) 30
8. Bruce Anstey (2011 – 2017) 25
9. Guy Martin (2011 – 2015) 19
= Michael Rutter (2013 – 2023) 19
= David Johnson (2015 – 2013) 19
12. Josh Brookes (2017 – 2023) 14
= Davey Todd (2019 – 2023) 14
14. Jamie Coward (2019 – 2023) 11
15. Lee Johnston (2015 – 2023) 9
16. Gary Johnston (2011 – 2018) 8
17. Cameron Donald (2012- 13) 5
18. Steve Plater (2009) 4
= William Dunlop (2013– 2014) 4
20 Dan Kneen (2015 – 2017) 3
= Martin Jessopp (2017 -2018) 3
22. Craig Neve (2023) 2
23. Keith Amor (2011) 1
= Shaun Anderson (2023) 1
= Rob Hodson (2023) 1
= Dominic Herbertson (2023) 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 was no surprise to see him at the top of this particular chart for so long despite missing both the 2016 and 2017 meetings due to injury.

However, not only did he fail to record a 130mph+ lap in 2019, he also failed to record one at more than 125mph and that allowed Michael Dunlop to close to within three of his total, And, as expected, the positions changed in 2022 with Dunlop finally overhauling McGuinness after a stronger meeting on both the 1000cc and 600cc machines, especially the latter where he was lapping at 129mph+ compared to McGuinness’s best of 121mph.

The gap widened too in 2023 as McGuinness opted out of the 600cc races, Dunlop now 16 clear at the top of the tale with 182 laps to McGuinness’s 166.

There was change further behind too with Bruce Anstey, who last competed at the TT in 2017, dropping from third to sixth with Dean Harrison, James Hillier and Ian Hutchinson all moving ahead of him.

Harrison remains in third after TT2023, pulling clear of Hillier who also put some space between himself and new fifth-placed rider Conor Cummins as Hutchinson’s absence saw him drop back a place. Harrison is some 20 laps behind McGuinness though, so it’ll be some time before the top two change.

Anstey now sits in seventh, one place ahead of the evergreen Michael Rutter and Peter Hickman moved up from 11th to ninth as he overhauled both Gary Johnson, another absentee in 2023 due to injury, and the now retired Guy Martin.

They remain the only 11 riders to put in more than 100 racing laps at more than 125mph with 12th placed David Johnson someway back on 77.

Rider Laps
1. Michael Dunlop (2009 – 2023) 182
2. John McGuinness (2002 – 2023) 166
3. Dean Harrison (2012 – 2023) 146
4. James Hillier (2009 – 2023) 139
5. Conor Cummins (2007 – 2023) 126
6. Ian Hutchinson (2006 – 2022) 120
7. Bruce Anstey (2004 – 2017) 117
8. Michael Rutter (2007 – 2023) 115
9. Peter Hickman (2014 – 2023) 110
10. Gary Johnson (2008 – 2022) 102

Laps at 120mph plus

It’s now more than 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 260 more riders have lapped at more than 120mph, nine new riders achieving this feat in 2023, and now, the likes of Michael Dunlop, Peter Hickman and Dean Harrison can lap at more than 120mph on every racing lap they complete, even when time is added for pitting for fuel and tyres.

McGuinness has comfortably set more 120mph+ laps than any other rider with 293 being recorded over a 24-year period. Bruce Anstey sat in second for some time, but Michael Dunlop moved clear of him in 2022 with the Kiwi again absent from racing. Dunlop has now closed to within 23 of McGuinness’s total.

James Hillier and Conor Cummins relegated Anstey to fifth after they both enjoyed solid meetings in 2023 but the Manxman is only one ahead of Anstey with Ian Hutchinson losing ground in sixth after he was forced out of TT2023.

Michael Rutter moved up to seventh in 2023 at the expense of the absent Gary Johnson with Dean Harrison now inside the top ten after gaining two places at the most recent meeting. That pushed ten-time TT winner Ian Lougher down to tenth.

Riders Laps
1. John McGuinness (1999 – 2023) 293
2. Michael Dunlop (2008 – 2023) 270
3. James Hillier (2009 – 2023) 237
4. Conor Cummins (2006 – 2023) 227
5. Bruce Anstey (2002 – 2017) 226
6. Ian Hutchinson (2004 – 2022) 212
7. Michael Rutter (1997 – 2023) 205
8. Gary Johnson (2007 – 2022) 195
9. Dean Harrison (2011 – 2023) 191
10. Ian Lougher (1998 – 2018) 190

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 then and it now looks highly likely that the Dunlop name will be the one to break Joey’s tally as nephew Michael’s four wins in 2023 moved him on to a total of 25 wins – and he’s still only 33 years old.

Dunlop, Grant and Haslam battling it out in 1980… 

Ian Hutchinson is next up on 16, the Bingley rider’s last wins coming in 2017 and pulling clear of Mike Hailwood. He returned from injury in 2018 but has yet to get back to his best so only time will tell if he can get back to race-winning form.

The recent success of Hutchinson and Dunlop has pushed all-time 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 Peter Hickman with 13 wins having come his way since 2018 and given his dominance of late – eight wins coming in the last two years alone – it looks highly likely he’ll continue to climb this list. His 2023 success saw him move ahead of 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
Joey Dunlop 26 (1977 – 2000)
Michael Dunlop 25 (2009 – 2023)
John McGuinness 23 (1999 – 2015)
Ian Hutchinson 16 (2007 – 2017)
Mike Hailwood 14 (1961 – 1979)
Peter Hickman 13 (2017 – 2023)
Bruce Anstey 12 (2002 – 2017)
Steve Hislop 11 (1987 – 1994)
Phillip McCallen 11 (1992 – 1997)
Stanley Woods 10 (1923 – 1939)
Giacomo Agostini 10 (1966 – 1972)
Ian Lougher 10 (1990 – 2009)
Charlie Williams 9 (1973 – 1980)
David Jefferies 9 (1999 – 2002)
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 47 podiums having been taken over a 22-year period, the latest of which came with second place in the 2019 TT Zero race.

Dunlop’s 40 podiums were taken over a slightly longer period of 23 years although he looks certain to drop back to third in 2024 with nephew Michael having moved onto 39 podiums after the 2023 event, his tally coming over a period of just 14 years. That saw him overhaul Bruce Anstey who now lies in fourth on 37 podiums, which were achieved over 17 years.

Ian Lougher (29) and Ian Hutchinson (27) remain in fifth and sixth respectively but there’ll almost certainly be overtaken soon by two of the current form men, Peter Hickman and Dean Harrison. They’re tied on 26 podiums with Hickman’s tally coming in just six years of competition!

Charlie Williams’ ninth place is particularly impressive given he retired four decades ago with with Michael Rutter’s tally of 18 podiums now just one short of his father Tony’s total which was taken over just a 13-year period compared to Michael’s 23. TT greats Mike Hailwood, Steve Hislop and Phillip McCallen also have 19 podiums.

Meanwhile, Guy Martin’s 17 podiums make him the only rider with 16 podiums or more not to have taken a win, a statistic he probably doesn’t need reminding of!

Riders Podiums
John McGuinness 47 (1997 – 2019)
Joey Dunlop 40 (1977 – 2000)
Michael Dunlop 39 (2009 – 2023)
Bruce Anstey 37 (2000 – 2017)
Ian Lougher 29 (1989 – 2019)
Ian Hutchinson 27 (2006 – 2017)
Peter Hickman 27 (2017 – 2023)
Dean Harrison 26 (2013 – 2023)
Charlie Williams 20 (1971 – 1984)
Mike Hailwood 19 (1958 – 1979)
Steve Hislop 19 (1987– 1994)
Phillip McCallen 19 (1991 – 1999)
Tony Rutter 19 (1972 – 1985)
Michael Rutter 18 (1996 – 2019)
Chas Mortimer 17 (1969 – 1984)
Guy Martin 17 (2005 – 2017)
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 the outright lap record remained in the hands of the Manx contingent – whether Molyneux or Nick Crowe – 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 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.

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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.

Having threatened to do so before, they finally cracked the 120mph barrier in 2023, going on to set a new lap record of 120.645mph, with Pete Founds/Jevan Walmsley also breaking the magical 120mph barrier with their own impressive performance.

One of the most phenomenal achievements of recent years came in 2019 when Ryan and Callum Crowe, sons of former winner Nick Crowe, lapped at more than 113mph on just their third lap of the Mountain Course to become the fastest sidecar newcomers in the history of the TT.

After the break due to the pandemic, they returned with Honda, rather than Triumph, power in 2022 and immediately lapped at more than 118mph, just over six seconds slower than the Birchalls, and now sit in third overall.

John Holden and Tim Reeves now sit in fourth and fifth respectively with Steve and Matty Ramsden moving up to 11th in 2023 after moving up from 111.779mph to 114.405mph.

Newcomer Daryl Gibson, partnered by Tom Christie, and Greg Lambert/Andrew Haynes set their first ever 110mph+ laps in 2023 with Estelle Leblond becoming the first female driver to achieve the landmark in 2018, her passenger Melanie Farnier now also the fastest ever female passenger. Melanie went quicker still in 2022, lapping at 111.053mph.

36 combinations have now lapped at more than 110mph.

Driver/ Passenger Machine Year Time Speed
1. Ben Birchall/ Tom Birchall 600 Honda 2023 18m45.850s 120.645mph
2. Peter Founds/Jevan Walmsley 600 Honda 2023 18m51.154s 120.079
3. Ryan Crowe/Callum Crowe 600 Honda 2022 19m05.555s 118.570
4. John Holden/Lee Cain 600 Honda 2018 19m12.276s 117.878
5. Tim Reeves/Mark Wilkes 600 Honda 2018 19m13.739s 117.729
6. Dave Molyneux/Ben Binns 600 Suzuki 2015 19m23.056s 116.785
7. Nick Crowe/Daniel Sayle 600 Honda 2007 19m24.24s 116.667
8. Alan Founds/Jake Lowther 600 Yamaha 2019 19m27.241s 116.367
9. Klaus Klaffenbock/Daniel Sayle 600 Honda 2011 19m43.19s 114.798
10. Conrad Harrison/Mike Aylott 600 Honda 2014 19m44.472s 114.674
11. Steve Ramsden/Matty Ramsden 600 Honda 2023 19m47.259s 114.405
12. Lewis Blackstock/Patrick Rosney 600 Honda 2019 19m49.965s 114.145
13. Ian Bell/Carl Bell 600 Yamaha 2016 19m50.872s 114.058
14. Phil Dongworth/Gary Partridge 600 Honda 2009 19m51.01s 114.045
15. Gary Bryan/Phil Hyde 600 Honda 2019 19m59.940s 113.196
16. Simon Neary/Stuart Bond 600 Suzuki 2009 20m02.31s 112.972
17. Steve Norbury/Rick Long 600 Yamaha 2008 20m03.78s 112.835
18. Lee Crawford/Scott Hardie 600 Suzuki 2022 20m08.899s 112.357
19. Karl Bennett/Lee Cain 600 Suzuki 2016 20m12.639s 112.010
20. Tony Elmer/Darren Marshall 600 Yamaha 2011 20m13.88s 111.896
21. Dougie Wright/Martin Hull 600 Honda 2013 20m14.863s 111.805
22. Daryl Gibson/Tom Christie 600 Suzuki 2023 20m15.763s 111.722

Leading winner – Sidecar drivers (3 or more)

When it comes to outright winners in the sidecar class, Dave Molyneux remains clear of 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.

However, his total is coming under increasing threat with another double for Ben Birchall in 2023 moving him on to 14 victories and given the Nottinghamshire driver’s won every race bar one (when he retired) since 2015, he has a great chance of breaking the Manxman’s record. Or will he find wins harder to come by now brother Tom has retired?

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

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

Drivers Wins
Dave Molyneux 17 (1989 – 2014)
Ben Birchall 14 (2013 – 2023)
Rob Fisher 10 (1994 – 2002)
Siegfried Schauzu 9 (1967 – 1975)
Mick Boddice 9 (1983 – 1991)
Dave Saville 9 (1985 – 1990)
Nick Crowe 5 (2005 – 2008)
Klaus Enders 4 (1969 – 1973)
Jock Taylor 4 (1980 – 1982)
Trevor Ireson 4 (1979 – 1983)
Klaus Klaffenbock 3 (2010 – 2011)
Max Deubel 3 (1961 – 1965)
Walter Schneider 3 (1955 – 1959)
Rolf Steinhausen 3 (1975 – 1978)

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 and Sayle had led the way with eight wins for some time but Tom Birchall’s double victory with brother Ben in 2019 saw him overhaul them and become the most successful TT passenger of all time. He extended that record further with doubles in both 2022 and 2023 and although he announced his retirement in December, he’ll remain top for some time to come.

Passenger Wins
Tom Birchall 14 (2013 – 2023)
Rick Long 8 (1997 – 2008)
Daniel Sayle 8 (2004 – 2013)
Wolfgang Kalauch 7 (1970 – 1978)
Chas Birks 6 (1983 – 1989)
Benga Johansson 4 (1980 – 1982)
Horst Schneider 4 (1967 – 1970)
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 37 TT Races he’s finished, he’s been on the podium in 30 of them. That also places him fifth overall with only John McGuinness, Joey Dunlop, Michael Dunlop and Bruce Anstey ahead of him, another remarkable feat given he only gets two races a year compared to the six, and now eight, of the solo riders.

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 John Holden whose brace of podiums in 2019 not only saw him record a superb 12 in a row but also overhaul Mick Boddice for second. Ben Birchall’s double victory in 2023 sees him now lie in fourth overall.


Driver Podiums
1. Dave Molyneux 30 (1989 – 2017)
2. John Holden 22 (2005 – 2023)
3. Mick Boddice 20 (1978 – 1995)
4. Ben Birchall 16 (2012 – 2023)
= Siegfried Schauzu 14 (1967 – 1976)
6. Dave Saville 13 (1979 – 1993)
= Rob Fisher 13 (1994 – 2002)
8. Dick Greasley 11 (1975 – 1984)
= Steve Norbury 11 (2000 – 2007)
= Nick Croew 11 (1998 – 2008)
11. Roy Hanks 10 (1981 – 1998)
= Conrad Harrison 10 (2010 – 2017)
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 was tight at the top for the highest number of podium finishes by a sidecar passenger for some time after 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 come 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.

Tom Birchall moved alongside Kalauch in 2022 and he finally broke Sayle’s record in 2023 with two more podiums moving him onto a tremendous tally of 16, a figure that looks set to remain unbroken for some time.

Next up is Andy Winkle who took 12 podiums with John Holden and one with Conrad Harrison, the latter coming in 2017. Chas Birks achieved all 10 of his podiums with Mick Boddice whilst Lee Cain became the latest passenger to record six podiums or more with his brace in 2019 with John Holden seeing the Manxman make it six podiums in a row.

Passengers Podiums
1. Tom Birchall 16 (2012 – 2023)
2.. Daniel Sayle 15 (2003 – 2017)
= Wolfgang Kalauch 14 (1966 – 1978)
4. Andrew Winkle 13 (2006 – 2017)
5. Chas Birks 10 (1978 – 1989)
= Dave Wells 10 (1990 – 2006)
7. Rick Long 9 (1997 – 2007
8. Peter Hill 8 (1992 – 1996)
= Darren Hope 8 (2003 – 2006)
= Patrick Farrance 8 (2008 – 2016)
= Mike Aylott 8 (2011 – 2015)
12. Horst Schneider 6 (1967 – 1970)
= Steve Pointer 6 (1987 – 1996)
Scott Parnell 6 (2004 – 2007)
Lee Cain 6 (2017 – 2019)

Current Lap Records

Outright Peter Hickman BMW M1000RR 2023 16’36.115 136.358mph
TT Superbike Peter Hickman BMW M1000RR 2023 16’42.445 135.445mph
Supersport 600cc TT) Michael Dunlop Yamaha YZF R6 2023 17’21.605 130.403mph
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 M1000RR 2023 16’42.367 135.507mph
Superstock TT Peter Hickman BMW M1000RR 2023 16’36.115 136.358mph
Sidecar Ben Birchall/Tom Birchall 600 LCR Honda 2023 18’45.850 120.645mph
TT Zero Michael Rutter Mugen 2019 18’34.172 121.909mph
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 LCR Honda 2022 20’23.097 111.053mph

Current Race Records


(6 laps)

Michael Dunlop Honda CBR1000RR 2023 1:43.01.855 131.832mph
Michael Dunlop
Yamaha YZF-R6 2023 1:10.50.234 127.831mph

(3 laps)

Michael Dunlop Yamaha YZF-R6 2022 53.31.953 126.865mph

(6 laps)

Peter Hickman BMW M1000RR 2023 1:42.29.489 132.526mph

(4 laps)

John McGuinness 1000 Honda Racing 2015 1:09.23.903 130.481 mph
SUPERSTOCK TT (4 laps) Peter Hickman BMW S1000RR 2018 1:08.49.976 131.553mph

(3 laps)

Peter Hickman BMW M1000RR 2023 50.48.301 133.675mph
SUPERTWIN TT (4 laps) Michael Dunlop 650cc Paton 2018 1:15.05.032 120.601mph
SUPERTWIN TT (3 laps) Michael Dunlop 650cc Paton 2023 56.21.475 120.505mph
SIDECAR TT (3 laps) Ben Birchall/Tom Birchall 600 LCR Honda 2023 56.41.816 119.784mph

Information provided by Phil Wain.

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One comment on “Isle of Man TT Stats”

avatarLesley Grahamsays:

You’re missing one important stat however, in light of John Mcguinnes having reached over 100 races it would be interesting to know if this is a record and if not how many people have completed more

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