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Geoff Duke

Epithet: TT Rider and Britain’s first motorcycling superstar (1923-2015)

Record type: Motorsport Biographies

Biography: Geoff Duke was born in St Helens, Lancashire on 29 March 1923. Duke began racing at the TT after war service as an army dispatch rider. Between 1949 and 1959 Duke notched up six TT wins, first with Norton and then Gilera. He also dominated world motorcycling, with six World Championship titles in the 1950s.

Geoff Duke typified the TT rider of the 1950s. Suave and sophisticated in his one piece racing suit he and his contemporaries – men like John Surtees – were a generation away from the ‘greasy’ mechanics of the 1930s.

Duke was named Sportsman of the Year in 1951, and awarded an OBE in 1953. The Duke name continues with Britain’s premier motorsport video distributors, Duke Marketing, based in the Isle of Man. He died aged 92 on 1 May 2015.

Gender: Male

Competed in

RacePositionTimeSpeedMachine
1959 Junior TT42:50:12.4093.1Norton
1958 Senior TTRBMW
1958 Junior TTRNorton
1955 Senior TT12:41:49.8097.93Gilera
1954 Senior TT21:43:52.6087.19Gilera
1953 Senior TTRGilera
1952 Senior TTRNorton
1952 Junior TT12:55:30.6090.29Norton
1951 Senior TT12:48:56.8093.83Norton
1951 Junior TT12:56:17.6089.9Norton
1950 Senior TT12:51:45.6092.27Norton
1950 Junior TT23:04:52.0085.73Norton
1949 Senior MGP12:37:50.0086.063Norton
1949 Junior MGP22:47:18.0081.207Norton
1949 Clubman Senior TT11:21:53.0082.97Norton
1948 Junior MGPR

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