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Motorcycle racing legend Barry Sheene loses cancer battle at age of 52

Motorcycle racing legend Barry Sheene loses cancer battle at age of 52

Motorcycle racing legend Barry Sheene loses cancer battle at age of 52

The world of Motorcycle racing has lost one of it´s finest and most outspoken stars after the death of former double 500cc World Champion Barry Sheene from throat cancer. Born in London on 11th of September 1950, Sheene reached the heights of 500cc World Champion in 1976 and 1977.

Sheene, one of the most stylish and unforgettable members of the Grand Prix paddock from the years of 1970 to 1985, passed away on Monday at a hospital in Australia´s Gold Coast, his country of residence since retirement from the sport. Last July he had been diagnosed with cancer of the throat and the upper stomach and elected to fight the disease by natural means.

Sheene had carved himself a successful career as commentator and pundit for Australian TV and several years ago embarked on a popular racing ´comeback´ competing in classic races onboard a Manx Norton, gaining several victories. In his distinguished GP career he collected 19 wins and at his peak enjoyed a following both from the fans and the media quite unlike any other motorcycle racer before him. He is still the last British rider to win a World Championship and also a 500cc GP (in 1981). He also competed for Suzuki, Yamaha, Bultaco and Derbi

He leaves behind a wife Stephanie and two children Freddie and Sidonie.

Next Sunday on 16th March at 2pm, a minute silence will be observed for Barry Sheene prior to the official timed session of the MotoGP Winter Test at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain.

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MotoGP, 2003

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