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Classic TT: Graeme Crosby confirmed for Joey tribute lap

Double Formula 1 World champion Graeme Crosby will ride his original XR69 Suzuki in a tribute lap honouring Isle of Man TT legend Joey Dunlop at the Classic TT Races
Kiwi Graeme Crosby has confirmed his participation in a special parade lap honouring Joey Dunlop at this year's Classic TT Races.

Crosby will participate in the 'Joey Dunlop Road Racing Legend – The Rivals' Parade Lap' sponsored by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company and Classic Racer Magazine Classic TT Lap of Honour at the event, which takes place from August 22-25.

Crosby, who was briefly team-mates with Dunlop in 1980, will ride his original XR69 Suzuki on which he was highly successful, the machine now being part of the Team Classic Suzuki stable.

He took the bike to victory in the 1980 and 1981 World Formula One Championships as well as countless race wins and championships on the UK's short circuits.

His TT career spanned just three years but in that time he was nothing short of sensational, finishing a stunning fourth on his debut in the 1979 Formula One race and then taking race wins in the 1980 Senior, 1981 Formula One and 1981 Classic TT Races, the last two coming on the aforementioned XR69 Suzuki.

Crosby clinched his first World F1 title at the Ulster Grand Prix in 1980, when Dunlop joined him as team-mate, with the Ballymoney man famously easing off in the closing stages of the race to allow Crosby to take the win and the world title.

Dunlop, of course, joined Honda for the following season with the duo going on to have numerous battles during the course of the season, none more so than in the 1981 Classic TT.

There was little to choose between the two riders in the early stages and although Dunlop claimed the outright lap record before retiring, with a speed of 115.40mph, Crosby was only 0.8s slower at 115.32mph and went on take the win from team-mate Mick Grant.



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