Wednesday, June 19, 2024


Triple TT winner and former Grand Prix star Rob McElnea will make his return to the Isle of Man this month at the Classic TT.

The Humbersider has confirmed his participation with outings in both 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. McElnea will ride the same Suzuki XR41 he rode in 1983, the machine now owned by Steve Wheatman.

McElnea made his TT debut in 1982 after twice leading at the Manx Grand Prix before retiring and a year later he was a fully-fledged member of the factory Heron Suzuki team alongside Mick Grant, the duo going head to head with the Honda pairing of Dunlop and Roger Marshall.

McElnea won that year’s Senior Classic TT ahead of Con Law with Joey back in third and the following year the two rivals would be involved in more titanic battles. Dunlop came out on top in the World F1 Championship race but the mid-week Senior TT race would prove to be one of the best ever on the island.

That proved to be Rob’s final race on the Mountain Course as he went on to have a successful Grand Prix career riding for the Heron Suzuki, Marlboro Yamaha, Pepsi Suzuki and Cabin Honda teams before returning to the UK where he became British Superbike Champion. Injury forced him to retire at the end of the 1993 season but by then he was also managing the BSB Yamaha team, which he did until the end of the 2011 season.

Like Graeme Crosby, McElnea had a brief TT history but it had great impact both on his career and others and he remains one of the finest riders ever to have graced the Mountain Course.


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