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1980: Grant wins ‘aggro TT’
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