Former world champ Bazza topped the list ahead of Isle of Man TT legends Joey Dunlop (2) and John McGuinness (5) and world champions Valentino Rossi (3) and Mike Hailwood (4).
Surprisingly five-time world champion Aussie Mick Doohan wasn’t even shortlisted. If you think that’s because it’s a British poll and they hate Aussies you could be right as the list includes many non-Brit riders including Italian Rossi, American McQueen (8), 11-time Dakar winner (six on a bike) Stephane Peterhansel of France, American stuntman Evel Knievel (11), 10-time world motocross champion Stefan Everts of Belgium and Hollywood actor Marlon Brando from The Wild One.
Of course, no list would be complete without Italian Giacomo Agostini (6) considered the greatest rider of all time with 10 Isle of Man TT wins, 15 World Championships and 122 Grand Prix wins. Other notable inclusions are Ted Simon (20) who wrote the definitive motorcycle travelogue Jupiter’s Travels, four-time World Superbike champion Carl Fogarty (7) and famous Brough Superior fan T.E. Lawrence also known as Lawrence of Arabia.
Four British women made the shortlist: Britain’s most successful female motorcycle trials rider, Becky Cook (19); Beryl Swain who was the first solo female rider of the Isle of Man TT in 1962; and current TT racers Maria Costello (14) and Jenny Tinmouth (12).
The top 20 icons took centre stage this week in The Motorcycle Story display opening at the National Motor Museum.