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1980: Grant wins ‘ag­gro TT’

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Blondie were top­ping the charts, Mag­gie was into her sec­ond year of power and Kenny Roberts was on his way to a third suc­ces­sive world 500 GP ti­tle.

Barry Sheene was bust­ing a gut to stop the Amer­i­can win­ning an­other ti­tle but the Lon­doner just couldn’t stay with the run­away ti­tle leader. Af­ter a crash at the French GP Sheene badly in­jured his lit­tle fin­ger and an am­pu­ta­tion looked likely.

As the Isle of Man TT burst into life, Joey Dun­lop turned up with his bikes... in a fish­ing boat. He took his 750 Yamaha to vic­tory in the Clas­sic TT and was ninth in the Se­nior. He said at the time: “I can’t see much of a fu­ture for racing on pub­lic roads af­ter all the deaths this year. I may con­cen­trate on short cir­cuits in the UK.”

Joey went on to win an­other 24 TTS af­ter 1980 to set the still-stand­ing record of 26 TT wins.

The 1980 TT turned out to be con­tro­versy-packed with Mick Grant and Graeme Crosby at log­ger­heads over an al­leged breach of the rules.

‘I can’t see much of a fu­ture for racing on pub­lic roads. I may con­cen­trate on short cir­cuits in the UK’ JOEY DUN­LOP

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