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250cc class reaches the 600 Grand Prix milestone at Motegi

250cc class reaches the 600 Grand Prix milestone at Motegi

250cc class reaches the 600 Grand Prix milestone at Motegi

This week-end, the Twin Ring Motegi circuit will host the 600th Grand Prix in the 250cc class. The quarter litre class was part of the inaugural Grand Prix, held at the Isle of Man in 1949. Riding a Moto Guzzi, Irish Manliff Barrington then clinched his sole victory in the World Championship. The next major milestone was hit 15 years later, the ´64 US Grand Prix being the 100th race in the class. On the Daytona circuit, British rider Alan Sheperd took his third victory in Grand Prix racing, the only one in the 250 class.

Two years after the only major change brought to the class regulation - restricting engine to two cylinders, in 1972, Renzo Pasolini won the Yugoslavian Grand Prix, the 200th GP race in the class. Anton Mang and Luca Cadalora won respectively the 300th and 400th races in the 250cc class, held at the Paul Ricard circuit in 81 and Jerez in 89. In 1996, the 500th Grand Prix took place at the Mugello, Italy. Local hero Max Biaggi, riding an Aprilia, topped the podium ahead of Marcellino Lucchi and Ralf Waldmann. There were more races in the 250cc class than any other class.

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250cc, 2002

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