Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 02 May 2015
Six-time world champion Geoff Duke OBE has passed away at the age of 92.
The Grand Prix racing and Isle of Man TT hero died last night at home on the Isle of Man after being ill for quite some time.
Duke first came to prominence in the 1949 Isle of Man TT races, finishing second in the Junior race after falling off and storming to victory in the Senior, smashing the existing lap record.
Signing for the works Norton team in 1950, Duke once again finished second in the Junior before going on to win the Senior race with another lap record. The Lancashire-born racer won both the 350cc and 500cc world titles with Norton in 1951 before going on to clinch a third world title in the 350cc class in 1952.
Moving to Gilera team in 1952, Duke went on to win three consecutive 500cc world titles, cementing his place in the history books.
Duke was named Sportsman of the Year in 1951, remaining the only motorcycle racer to ever win the prestigious award. He became an OBE in 1953.
All at Bike Social wish to send our condolences to the Duke family after the passing of one of Britain’s iconic racing legends.