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The ex-rider factor: Hans Spaan

The ex-rider factor: Hans Spaan

A revered technical director in the 125cc class, Dutchman Hans Spaan first became involved in the World Championship as a rider in the early 1980s.

A revered technical director in the 125cc class, Dutchman Hans Spaan first became involved in the World Championship as a rider in the early 1980s.

Spaan enjoyed moderate success in the now-defunct 50cc and 80cc categories but revelled onboard 125cc machinery, finishing runner-up in the championship twice - including a memorable battle with current MotoGP star Loris Capirossi.

His career spanned almost 20 years from 1975 to 1994 and saw him achieve nine Dutch National titles (in 50cc, 80cc and 125cc), nine Grand Prix wins and three 125cc top three World Championship finishes.

When he retired Spaan collaborated with another Dutch former rider, Arie Molenaar, to set-up a Grand Prix team and in its very first year, they won the 125cc title with Haruchika Aoki - a feat repeated in 1996.

In addition to his role as the Molenaar Racing team Chief Mechanic, he also began working closely with Suzuki when the brand re-started their 250cc effort in 1997.

In 2000, Spaan was technical director of the Dutch 500cc effort which saw Jurgen Van den Goorbergh ride a Honda TSR 500cc V2 and collaborated again with Haru Aoki.

More recently he has focussed on the Molenaar set-up and is now in charge of technical support for British youngster Danny Webb and Dutch starlet Joey Litjens in the 125cc World Championship.

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MotoGP, 2007

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