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This week in history

This week in history

This week in history

12 years ago – Austrian GP/Salzburgring/500cc/1994 – Mick Doohan won the last ever 500cc race held at the famous Salzburgring circuit that had hosted a Grand Prix on 22 occasions since 1971. The Armco lined course was considered too dangerous, with top speeds reaching 300 km/hr and average lap speeds of 195 km/h.

19 years ago – Italian GP/Monza/250cc/1987 – Loris Reggiani gave the Aprilia factory its first ever pole position in Grand Prix racing, but retired from the race with mechanical problems on lap nine while battling for the lead. This was the last of the 27 Grand Prix events to be held at the historic Monza circuit.

21 years ago – West German GP/Hockenheim/500cc/1985 – Christian Sarron riding a Yamaha became the first French rider since Pierre Monnerret in 1954 to win a premier-class Grand Prix race. This victory for Sarron brought to an end a run of 28 successive 500cc Grand Prix races that had been won by riders from the USA – the longest string of successive wins by one Nation.

30 years ago – Yugoslavian GP/Opatija/350cc/1976 – Olivier Chevallier scored his one and only Grand Prix victory and became the first French rider for more than twenty years to win a 350cc GP race.

33 years ago – Nations GP/Monza/250cc/1973 – On 20th May 1973 Jarno Saarinen and Renzo Pasolini tragically lost their lives in a crash involving 15 riders on the first lap of the race at the Curva Grande.

37 years ago – French GP/Le Mans/125cc/1969 – Jean Auréal riding a Yamaha became the first French rider ever to win a 125cc Grand Prix.

40 years ago – West German GP/Hockenheim/500cc/1966 – Jim Redman won in Germany on the debut outing for the four-cylinder Honda. Honda have gone on to be the most successful manufacturer in Grand Prix racing, with Pedrosa's victory in China being their 198th victory in the premier-class.


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