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MotoGP Legend Phil Read returns to the paddock

MotoGP Legend Phil Read returns to the paddock

MotoGP Legend Phil Read returns to the paddock

MotoGP Legend Phil Read paid a visit to the paddock this afternoon at Donington Park, enjoying the atmosphere of the British Grand Prix.

Seven-time World Champion Read is one of only two riders to have won 125, 250 and 500cc World Championships, the other being present MotoGP superstar Valentino Rossi. Read was also the last rider to win the premier class on a four-stroke machine until Valentino Rossi clinched the first MotoGP World Championship in 2002 on his 990c Honda.

"I was made a MotoGP Legend two years ago and now I can get free tickets!" joked Read, who was inducted into the MotoGP Hall of Fame at the 2002 British GP alongside Geoff Duke.

"I've been busy racing classic bikes and now I finally have the opportunity to watch, physically, MotoGP racing. It's absolutely incredible, in every race, every category, from the 125 to the MotoGP class – the show is great, every rider is a hero."

Read, who won four 250cc titles with Yamaha in the sixties, commented on the Japanese manufacturer's recent comeback to the front of the MotoGP scene and the influence of Valentino Rossi.

"I think it's incredible that just one man can actually bring so much motivation and direction to the team," said Read. "All they needed was someone like Valentino to give some direction and some inspiration and he's done it. He's a fantastic rider and a great showman, the crowd loves him, but he also did a lot behind the scenes. He brings a lot to Yamaha, it's a very exciting era for them."


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