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This week in history

This week in history

5 years ago - Dutch TT/2001/Assen/250cc Jeremy McWilliams won at Assen in damp conditions, ending a 15-year period without a British rider taking a GP win in any of the solo classes. Ian McConnachie had been the last British rider to take a solo GP victory, winning the 80cc race at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 1986.

9 years ago City of Imola GP/1997/Imola/500cc Mick Doohan won from Nobuatsu Aoki in second place and Takuma Aoki in third. This was historic for two reasons; the first time ever that two brothers had appeared together on a podium in MotoGP and the first time two Japanese riders had been on a podium together in the premier-class.

16 years ago Belgium GP/1990/Spa-Francorchamps/500cc Wayne Rainey won the last ever motorcycle Grand Prix to be held at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit which had hosted a GP event on forty occasions. Only Assen has entertained more Grand Prix meetings.

24 years ago Belgium GP/1982/Spa-Francorchamps/500cc Freddie Spencer became the youngest ever rider to win a premier-class Grand Prix, riding the three cylinder Honda two-stroke. This was the first GP victory for Honda since 1967.

26 years ago Belgium GP/1980/Zolder/500cc The Belgium Grand Prix was held at Zolder for the one and only time. Randy Mamola scored the first of his thirteen Grand Prix victories.

29 years ago Belgium GP/1977/Spa-Francorchamps/500cc Barry Sheene won the fastest ever Grand Prix race, completed at an average speed of 217 km/h.


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