Surtees was the first rider I ever saw racing who was a World Champion. A superb "stylist" and extremely consistent as a rider and a perfectionist with his machinery preparation.
Such an achievement to follow up with winning the F1 crown too.
Surtees has been awarded several honours, MBE, OBE and CBE.
Motorsport, particularly bikes, rarely gets acknowledged with a knighthood.
There may be others, but Sir Jack Brabham and Sir Stirling Moss spring to mind.... but both in the 4 wheel arena.
Only Joey Dunlop with his posthumous knighthood, and that from the Tynwald - Manx Parliament.