skip to main content

Robert Dunlop (1960-2008)

Sub Menu

The Mighty Macro

At 17 years old, Robert Dunlop followed his older brother, Joey, into motorcycle racing.  While Joey was becoming a world champion, Robert was gathering valuable experience racing on the road circuits of Ireland.

His first win was at Fore, Co. Westmeath, in 1980.  Two years later, he won the 125cc race at the Mid-Antrim 150.  His local success attracted the attention of major teams and, in 1990, he signed for JPS Norton. 

Robert was outstanding on a 125cc bike.  At the peak of his career, he dominated this class for two consecutive years, beating all challengers at the North West 200, Ulster Grand Prix and Isle of Man TT in 1990 & 1991.

In 1994, Robert suffered the crash that would end his chance of fulfilling his potential as a world champion.  It was two years before he raced again.

Overcoming terrible injuries, Robert showed the determination that made him such a hero to so many.  He was back on the podium by the end of the season.

Robert's last major win was at the North West 200 in 2006.  This was his 15th victory at the circuit and he remains the most successful rider at the Triangle.  Tragically, it was also here that Robert was killed during practice on Thursday, 15 May 2008.

RaceWins
Isle of Man TT5
North West 20015
Ulster Grand Prix9
Other Irish Road Races119
Irish Road Racing Championships11
Total159

Robert was twice named Enkalon Motorcyclist of the Year, first in 1987 and again in 1991. He was awarded Freedom of the Borough of Ballymoney in 2007.