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Brian Reid (motorcycle racer)

Brian Reid
Nationality Northern Irish
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Isle of Man TT career
TTs contested14 (1981-1994)
TT wins5
First TT win1986 Formula Two TT
Last TT win1993 Junior TT

Brian Reid is a former motorcycle road racer from Northern Ireland.


Reid started racing in 1976 at St. Angelo airfield, Enniskillen, and had his first road race the same year at the Dundrod Circuit in Killinchy 150 riding a TD3 250 Yamaha. His first road race win came in 1979 at a wet Carrowdore meeting riding a 125cc Morbidelli.

He first tackled the Isle of Man circuit for the Manx Grand Prix in 1978 riding a Yamaha TZ250 which seized in the newcomers race and threw him off at Cruikshanks corner in Ramsey, his best result at the Manx coming in 1980 with a second place in the senior race riding an RG500 Suzuki for Welsh sponsor Raymond Cowles. Reid’s first Isle of Man TT race came in 1981, without much luck, but he won the first of his national championships the 350cc Ulster Grand Prix that same year.

In 1982 Reid created history by becoming the first to win 3 Irish road race championships in one year, taking the 250cc, 350cc and 500cc titles. 1983 saw him crowned Irish Motorcyclist of the Year which he also won again in 1989. In 1984 Reid turned his attention to the Formula TT world championship racing with loyal friend and sponsor Mick Mooney of Irish Racing Motorcycles supplying a privately entered 350cc Yamaha. In that first year Reid collected a bronze medal and, but for a breakdown at the Ulster Grand Prix, could have been gold. Reid made amends in 1985 by taking gold with wins in Portugal, Spain and the Ulster, and repeated the feat in 1986 to be a double world champion; he also had the first of his 5 TT wins in this year.[1]

1989 saw the launch of the hugely popular Regal 600cc championship which Reid took by storm, dominating from the beginning and taking the title on the Budweiser Yamaha, again he retained his title in 1990 and won his second TT taking the Supersport 600cc. Reid went on to take TT wins in 1992, with a double in the Supersport 400cc and Junior 250cc, and in 1993 with a Junior 250cc win.[2]

In 1994 his career was brought to a premature end when he was involved in a serious accident at the Temple 100, his worst ever crash, which ultimately forced him to retire from the sport.


  • 1989 Sunday News Sports Personality of the year runner up.
  • In 2007 Brian was accepted into the "Irish Racer Magazine Hall of Fame".


  • 1981 – 350cc Ulster Champion
  • 1982 – 250cc, 350cc & 500cc Champion
  • 1982 – 250cc & 350cc Ulster Champion
  • 1983 – 350cc & 500cc Irish Champion
  • 1983 – 350cc & 500cc Ulster Champion
  • 1984 – 250cc & 350cc Irish Champion
  • 1984 – 250cc, 350cc & 500cc Ulster Champion
  • 1984 – F11 World Championship – 3rd
  • 1985 – F11 World Champion
  • 1986 – F11 World Champion
  • 1989 – Regal 600cc Champion
  • 1990 – Regal 600cc Champion
  • 1990 – 600cc Irish Champion

TT Wins

  • 1986 – F11 World Championship
  • 1990 – 600cc Supersport
  • 1992 – 400cc Supersport
  • 1992 – 250cc Junior
  • 1993 – 250cc Junior


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tony Rutter
TT Formula Two World Champion
Succeeded by

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