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This week in history

This week in history

This week in history

7 years ago – Community of Valencia GP/1999/Ricardo Tormo Circuit/500cc – The first visit to the newly built circuit was a wet race won by Regis Laconi riding for the Red Bull Yamaha team, with team-mate Garry McCoy finishing third. This was Laconi's single GP win and the last time that a French rider has stood on top of the podium in the premier-class.

8 years ago – Catalan GP/1998/Catalunya/500cc – Mick Doohan takes victory after crossing the line in second place behind Max Biaggi who was disqualified after first ignoring a stop-and-go penalty for passing under a yellow flag and then the black flag.

10 years ago - Catalan GP/1996/Catalunya/500cc – Carlos Checa took his first GP victory at his home circuit of Catalunya. This was also the 100th victory in the premier-class for Honda in a race which they dominated, with the first eight riders across the line all riding Honda machinery.

16 years ago – Australian GP/1990/Phillip Island/500cc – The home crowd are treated to a tremendous battle between the two Australian stars of the day, Wayne Gardner and Mick Doohan. Doohan led on 23 of the 30 laps but was beaten by less than one second by Gardner who had ridden for most of the race with his fairing dragging on the tarmac, after breaking a bracket with his knee fighting a near crash on lap two.

37 years ago – Yugoslavia GP/1969/Opatija – Godfrey Nash riding a Norton took his one and only GP victory in the 500cc class. This was the last time that a British built machine has won a Grand Prix and the last premier-class GP to be won by a single cylinder machine. Australian Kel Carruthers won the 250cc race riding a Benelli. This was the final victory in the 250cc class for a four-stroke machine.

38 years ago – Nations GP/1968/Monza/250cc – Phil Read beat his team-mate Bill Ivy in the final race of the year. The two riders ended the season equal on points and with the same number of victories and second place finishes. The title was decided in Read's favour by his superior cumulative time in the four races that both riders had finished.


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