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'He produced the goods when it mattered': How Joey Dunlop silenced his doubters at final Isle of Man TT

 

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Right on: Joey Dunlop rounds Quarterbridge on the SP1 Honda on his way to victory in the F1 TT at his final TT in June 2000

Right on: Joey Dunlop rounds Quarterbridge on the SP1 Honda on his way to victory in the F1 TT at his final TT in June 2000

Family man: Joey with brother Robert

Family man: Joey with brother Robert

UGP joy in 1999

UGP joy in 1999

Joey Dunlop

Joey Dunlop

Right on: Joey Dunlop rounds Quarterbridge on the SP1 Honda on his way to victory in the F1 TT at his final TT in June 2000

Joey's last Irish road win came in the 125cc race at the 2000 Tandragee 100 just a month before his death and, uncommonly for him, there was controversy surrounding it.

A new chicane had been installed at Lough Road, close to the paddock, by the MCUI (UC) Safety Committee, to slow riders down at that particular part of the course. Competitors didn't like it and, led by Joey, they voiced their opinions with Dunlop saying: "I'm not going to race unless it's altered," and off to his van he went.

With a huge crowd in attendance, the organising North Armagh Club didn't want to disappoint them and after negotiations between the club and MCUI officials, the chicane was eased. Joey raced and led the 125cc race from start to finish.