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Umberto Masetti, first Italian 500cc champion, dies aged 80

Umberto Masetti, first Italian 500cc champion, dies aged 80

Umberto Masetti, first Italian 500cc champion, dies aged 80

Twice 500cc World Champion Umberto Masetti has died aged 80. Having been in hospital over the past few days with serious respiratory problems, Masetti passed away last night.

The rider from Parma became the first Italian to win the world title in the premier class. He was champion on two occasions, as part of the Gilera team, in 1950 and 1952. He made his debut in 1949 with a Morini 125cc, and in the same season competed for Benelli in the quarter litre category. A year later he moved up to 500cc and after victories in Belgium and Holland he won his first title. After four seasons with Gilera, Masetti competed another four years with MV Agusta before bringing his career to a close in 1958.

He achieved a total of six Grand Prix victories and seventeen podiums.

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MotoGP, 2006

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