The Most Successful TT Rider: A Definitive Ranking

Choose the rider you think is the most successful!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Updated on Oct 4, 2023 12:01
Welcome to StrawPoll, the ultimate hub for rankings and polls on every topic you can imagine! Today, we're revving up for a thrilling race as we seek to crown the most successful TT rider of all time. These high-adrenaline competitors have etched their names in history with their fearless pursuit of speed and glory, but who will take the top spot? It's up to you, the fans, to cast your vote and help us determine the ultimate champion. And if you think we've missed a rider who deserves to be in the running, don't hesitate to suggest them and make your voice heard. So, what are you waiting for? Accelerate into the action and join thousands of others in ranking the best of the best in TT racing, only on StrawPoll!

Who Is the Most Successful TT Rider? (October 2023)

  1. 1
    26 TT wins, 5 consecutive Formula One TT wins, 24 Ulster Grand Prix wins, and 3 consecutive North West 200 wins. He is widely considered the greatest TT rider of all time.
    Joey Dunlop in other rankings
  2. 2
    23 TT wins, including 3 Senior TT wins, and holds the lap record for the TT course. He is also a 23-time North West 200 winner.
    John McGuinness in other rankings
  3. 3
    19 TT wins, including 5 in one year, and holds the lap record for the Lightweight TT. He is also a 7-time North West 200 winner.
    Michael Dunlop in other rankings
  4. 4
    Ian Hutchinson
    Agljones at en.wikipedia · CC BY-SA 3.0
    16 TT wins, including 5 in one year, and holds the lap record for the Superstock TT. He is also a 5-time Macau Grand Prix winner.
    Ian Hutchinson in other rankings
  5. 5
    14 TT wins, including 3 Senior TT wins, and won the 1967 Senior TT by over 1 minute after starting in 12th place. He is also a 9-time Grand Prix motorcycle racing world champion.
    Mike Hailwood in other rankings
  6. 6
    10 TT wins, including 7 consecutive Senior TT wins, and is the all-time leader in Grand Prix motorcycle racing world championships with 15.
    Giacomo Agostini in other rankings
  7. 7
    Steve Hislop
    Christof Berger · CC BY-SA 3.0
    11 TT wins, including 2 Senior TT wins, and holds the lap record for the TT course. He is also a 3-time British Superbike champion.
    Steve Hislop in other rankings
  8. 8
    Carl Fogarty
    The Rambling Man · CC BY-SA 4.0
    4 TT wins, including 2 Senior TT wins, and is a 4-time World Superbike champion.
    Carl Fogarty in other rankings
  9. 9
    6 TT wins, including 3 Senior TT wins, and is a 6-time Grand Prix motorcycle racing world champion.
    Geoff Duke in other rankings
  10. 10
    Phil Read
    Moto-gundy · CC BY-SA 3.0
    8 TT wins, including 2 Senior TT wins, and is a 7-time Grand Prix motorcycle racing world champion.

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Ranking factors for successful rider

  1. Record Lap Times
    The rider's record lap times on the course are crucial in determining their speed and mastery of the track. Setting faster lap times indicates superior performance and control.
  2. Podium Finishes
    Apart from wins, the number of podium finishes, i.e., top-three placements, reflects a rider's ability to consistently perform well and be competitive.
  3. Class Diversity
    Competing and achieving success across different classes (e.g., Superbike, Supersport, Lightweight) is a testament to a rider's versatility and adaptability. A rider who excels in multiple classes is esteemed more.
  4. Overall Performance
    It is essential to consider a rider's overall performance in TT races throughout their career. This includes analyzing consistent top placements, finishing rates, and their impact on the sport during their peak years.
  5. Longevity
    Sustaining success over an extended period is noteworthy. Riders who have consistently performed at their best over several seasons, with multiple wins and podium finishes, can be seen as more successful.
  6. Records Held
    Setting new records in terms of fastest lap times, overall race time, or number of wins in a specific class or category adds to a rider's credentials and distinguishes them from others.
  7. Rider's Reputation
    The rider's reputation among fellow competitors, fans, and the broader motorsport community plays a role. This encompasses factors such as sportsmanship, resilience, determination, and overall contribution to the sport.

About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most successful TT rider. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or your favorite rider is missing from the list, feel free to help us improve the ranking.


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Voting Rules

A participant may cast an up or down vote for each rider once every 24 hours. The rank of each rider is then calculated from the weighted sum of all up and down votes.


More information on most successful tt rider

The Isle of Man TT race is considered one of the most dangerous and challenging motorsport events in the world. Since its inception in 1907, it has attracted some of the most talented and fearless riders in history. Over the years, many legends have emerged, but when it comes to determining who is the most successful TT rider, it's a tough call. There are riders who have won many races but never quite clinched the overall championship, while others have taken home the trophy multiple times. It's a debate that has raged on for decades, and one that continues to captivate motorsport enthusiasts around the world.