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Phillip McCallen

TT Rider 1990s: "Supermac"

Record type: Motorsport Biographies

Biography: Regarded as a living legend in Irish racing circles, Phillip McCallen was born in Portadown, within sight of the Tandragee road racing circuit. He was one of a new crop of younger factory riders, and first raced in the 1989 TT as part of the Honda ‘Dream Team’. McCallen rode for Honda until 1997, also assisting with research and development.

If Joey Dunlop was King of the Roads, then McCallen was the Prince. In 41 races, he secured 11 TT wins with an unprecedented 4 TT wins in the 1996 TT.

McCallen summarises his uncompromising approach to the TT: “People talk about riding the TT at ninety or ninety five percent, but those riders don’t win, it’s a hundred percent or nothing and that’s the only way I know how to ride”.

Occupation / profession: Motorcycle racer

Nationality: Northen Irish

Gender: Male

Place of birth: Ireland

Competed in

RacePositionTimeSpeedMachine
1988 Lightweight Newcomers MGP11:27:27.00103.53Honda
1988 Lightweight MGP11:25:41.00105.68Honda
1989 Senior TT172:02:53.40110.32Honda
1989 Supersport 600 TT281:28:45.80102.01Honda
1989 Ultra Lightweight TT70:45:49.4098.8Honda
1989 Formula 1 TT152:01:15.80112.01Honda
1989 Junior TTRHonda
1989 Production 750 TT151:24:42.00106.9Honda
1990 Senior TTRHonda
1990 Supersport 600 TT141:25:31.60105.87Honda
1990 Junior TT61:21:07.60111.61Honda
1990 Formula 1 TT392:13:40.80101.6Honda
1991 Senior TT31:54:45.80118.35Honda
1991 Supersport 600 TT51:20:35.00112.37Honda
1991 Ultra Lightweight TT41:29:15.60101.44Honda
1991 Formula 1 TT41:55:38.00117.46Honda
1991 Junior TT21:18:53.60114.77Honda
1992 Senior TTRHonda
1992 Supersport 400 TT21:22:51.40109.28Honda
1992 Supersport 600 TT11:18:42.80115.04Honda
1992 Junior TTRHonda
1992 Formula 1 TT11:53:22.4099.83Honda
1993 Senior TT11:54:47.80118.32Honda
1993 Supersport 600 TT71:19:43.20113.58Honda
1993 Formula 1 TT21:55:12.40117.89Honda
1993 Junior TTRHonda
1994 Senior TT21:55:08.80117.96Honda
1994 Supersport 600 TT41:18:52.60114.8Honda
1994 Formula 1 TT21:55:01.80118.08Honda
1994 Junior TTRHonda
1995 Junior TTRHonda
1995 Lightweight TT41:19:12.50114.32Honda
1995 Formula 1 TT11:55:15.80117.84Honda
1996 Lightweight TT41:20:20.80112.7Honda
1996 Senior TT11:53:24.80119.76Honda
1996 Formula 1 TT11:56:54.10116.18Honda
1996 Production TT10:57:53.10117.32Honda
1996 Junior TT10:57:43.40117.65Honda
1997 Junior TT21:16:57.80117.65Honda
1997 Lightweight TTRHonda
1997 Production TT10:38:39.40117.12Honda
1997 Senior TT11:53:36.60119.55Honda
1997 Formula 1 TT11:53:16.80119.9Honda
1999 Junior TT71:17:40.90116.56Yamaha
1999 Production TT30:57:24.40118.3Yamaha
1999 Formula 1 TTRYamaha

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