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World of motor racing filter tributes to Barry Sheene

World of motor racing filter tributes to Barry Sheene

World of motor racing filter tributes to Barry Sheene

As the world comes to learn of the passing of MotoGP legend Barry Sheene the words and sentiments of those whom the life of the former 500cc Champion touched are beginning to voice their sadness.

Multi World Champion Angel Nieto: ´I have lost a great friend and an amazing person has left us. Barry and I had some great times together both off and on the track. I experienced a part of my career with him, we were rivals in the 70's before Barry moved onto the 500 class. With our battles on the track I learned a mountain of things because he was a very intelligent rider.´

´Afterwards and for many years we remained very close maybe because we had similar characters. We both liked to race and win and I enjoyed his sense of humour.´

´I was with him five months ago at his house on the Gold Coast and he seemed very positive. He said that he was going to fight the illness but I believe that he was also conscious of the fact that he didn´t have much time. He didn´t want to have the operation because they had explained what this would mean and he didn´t want to have to go through it.´$$$

´He was an excellent man and I feel like I have lost a very close friend.´ Carl Fogarty, four-time World Superbike champion, said Sheene had been ´an inspiration to millions. He was the guy who made motorbike racing famous,´ Fogarty told BBC Radio Five Live. ´There were other world champions from Britain who achieved more on the track but he brought it to the public attention.´

Former Formula One world champion Damon Hill said: ´He was my very first hero and he was very important to me.´ TV commentator, ex-motorcycle racer and friend Murray Walker added: ´Barry Sheene was not only one of the most brilliant motor racing cyclists who has ever lived, he was also a lovely man.´

MotoGP, 2003

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