David Jefferies

David Jefferies
David Jefferies

Joey Dunlop (left) and Jefferies (right).
Nationality British
Born 18 September 1972(1972-09-18)
Shipley, West Yorkshire, England
Died 29 May 2003(2003-05-29) (aged 30)
Crosby, Isle of Man
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Isle of Man TT career
TTs contested 6 (1996, 1998–2000, 2002–03)
TT wins 9
First TT win 1999 Formula One TT
Last TT win 2002 Senior TT
Podiums 10

Allan David Jefferies (18 September 1972 – 29 May 2003) was a British motorcycle racer.

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Early life

The son of Tony Jefferies, also a former Isle of Man TT winner in 1971, David Jefferies was born in Shipley, West Yorkshire, England. His uncle was fellow TT winner Nick Jeffries. David attended Salt Grammar School.[1]

Career

Jefferies at Rhencullen during the Isle of Man TT

Jefferies competed in a range of racing classes including the Grand Prix world championship in 1993, and the World Superbike Championship in 1993 and 1995. He was the British Superstock 1000 champion twice in the previous three years.[2]

Jeffries specialized in street courses, such as the Isle of Man TT and the North West 200, where he was a four-time winner. At the Isle of Man TT, Jeffries was the:[2]

  • First rider to lap in excess of 125 miles per hour (201 km/h)
  • First to win three races during the week-long festival for three consecutive years
  • Set the absolute lap record for the Isle of Man TT course during the 2002 Senior TT at 17min 47sec, an average speed of 127.29 miles per hour (204.85 km/h)

Death

Jeffries joined the newly formed TAS Suzuki team for the 2003 Isle of Man TT, competing on a Suzuki GSX-R1000. Entering the Crosby Village section during Thursday afternoon practise, where speeds can reach 160 miles per hour (260 km/h), his bike hit a telegraph pole, and spun across the road. The following rider, Jim Moodie of Valmoto-Triumph, got entangled in the wreckage and telephone wires, causing injuries to his neck and throat. Both riders were airlifted to hospital in Douglas, but despite the immediate intervention of emergency crews, the massive injuries Jefferies suffered proved fatal. Moodie was retained overnight for observation, before release in the morning to a waiting plane to take him home to Scotland.[2]

The parade lap in honour of Jefferies took place at the end of the TT weekend. Thousands of bikes took part, filling the 37 mile course.

Grand Prix career statistics [3]

Points system from 1993 onwards:

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Points 25 20 16 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Team Machine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Points Rank Wins
1993 500cc Peter Graves Racing-Yamaha[4] Harris-YZR500 AUS
-
MAL
-
JPN
-
ESP
-
AUT
-
GER
-
NED
-
EUR
-
RSM
17
GBR
20
CZE
19
ITA
22
USA
16
FIM
18
0 - 0

References

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Michael Rutter
Macau Motorcyle Grand Prix Winner
1999
Succeeded by
Michael Rutter



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