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This week in history

This week in history

This week in history

5 years ago – Italian GP/Mugello/2001/125cc – Noboru Ueda took the last of his 13 victories in the 125cc class. Ueda competed for 12 years in the smallest GP class and is the most successful rider in the class never to have won the world title.

14 years ago – European GP/Catalunya/1992/500cc – At the first ever Grand Prix held at the Catalunya circuit, Wayne Rainey won the race from Mick Doohan by just 0.057 seconds in one of the closest ever finishes in the 500cc class.

18 years ago – West Germany/Nurburgring/1988/125cc - Enzio Gianola's victory was the first in the 125cc class for the single cylinder two-stroke Honda, the fore-runner of the machine on which Thomas Luthi won the recent French Grand Prix, which was the 131st victory for the two-stroke Honda in the 125cc class.

30 years ago – IOM TT/500cc/1976 – Tom Herron won the Senior TT on the last occasion that the Isle of Man TT races counted towards the World Championship classification. The TT races had been part of the series since its birth in 1949, but by 1976 were considered too dangerous and the following year the British GP was held on the mainland for the first time, at Silverstone.

31 years ago – IOM TT/500cc/1975 – Mick Grant won the Senior TT riding a Kawasaki. This is one of only two world championship victories in the premier-class for Kawasaki, the other being at the Spanish GP in 1971 ridden by Dave Simmonds.

49 years ago – IOM TT/500cc/1957 – Bob McIntyre won the silver jubilee TT race, which is the longest ever race counting towards the world championship, at 485 km covered in a time of 3 hrs 2 minutes and 57 seconds.


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