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This week in history

This week in history

This week in history

13 years ago – Czech GP/Brno/1993/500cc – Three times world champion Wayne Rainey scored the last of his 24 Grand Prix victories with team-mate Luca Cadalora following home in second place, the last time that Team Roberts scored a one-two result in Grand Prix racing. Two weeks after this race Rainey crashed at the Italian GP at Misano and sustained injuries that ended his career.

18 years ago – Czech GP/Brno/1988 – Jorge Martinez won both the 125cc and 80cc races on his way to taking the world titles in both classes. This was the last ever occasion that a rider has won two Grand Prix races on the same day.

19 years ago – Czech GP/Brno/1987 – The first Grand Prix event to be held at the current Brno circuit following a four year gap without a Czech Grand Prix, after the old road circuit that had held the races up until 1982 was considered too dangerous.

25 years ago – Swedish GP/Anderstorp/1981/500cc – Barry Sheene's last Grand Prix victory and the last occasion on which a British rider has won in the premier-class. This was the 300th GP to be held in the premier-class, of which riders from Great Britain had won 138. Since then there have been 356 races in the premier-class without a British rider being victorious.

26 years ago – West German GP/Nurburgring/1980/350cc – One of the greatest title deciding races of all time with the two protagonists Jon Ekerold and Toni Mang level on points going into the last race of the year. The race was run at record pace with a fastest lap by race winner Ekerold taking an incredible 14 seconds off the previous lap record; a time faster than Kenny Roberts had achieved to qualify in second place on the grid for the 500cc race.

30 years ago – Czech GP/Brno/1976/500cc – Twenty-four year old British rider John Newbold, riding a Suzuki, scored the only Grand Prix victory of his career and the first ever victory at Brno in the premier-class by a two-stroke machine.

32 years ago – Czech GP/Brno/1974/500cc – Phil Read riding an MV-Agusta won the race from team mate Franco Bonera. This was the last time that four-stroke machines achieved a one-two finish in the 500cc class.

52 years ago – Swiss GP/Berne/1954 – This was the last GP to be held in Switzerland prior to the country banning motorcycle racing. Switzerland held a Grand Prix for the first six years of the World Championship series with five of the events being at Berne and one, in 1950, being held at Geneva.


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