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This week in history

This week in history

This week in history

5 years ago– Community of Valencia GP/2001/Ricardo Tormo Circuit/500cc – Sete Gibernau scored his first Grand Prix victory, riding a Suzuki. This is the last time that a Suzuki rider has won in the premier-class.

12 years ago – Argentina/Buenos Aires/1994/125cc – Jorge Martinez, team boss of new 125cc world champions Alvaro Bautista, won the last of his 37 Grand Prix victories. This was also the last time that a Yamaha rider has taken a 125cc GP win.

13 years ago - FIM GP/Jarama/1993/Jarama/250cc – After arriving at the final race of the year trailing Loris Capirossi in the championship classification, Tetsuya Harada took the race win in Spain to become the first Japanese rider to win the 250cc world title.

34 years ago – Spanish GP/Monjuich/1972/500cc – Chas Mortimer became the first rider to win in the 500cc class riding a Yamaha, on the last occasion that a premier-class race was held at the famous Barcelona circuit. Having won the 125cc race at the TT earlier in the year, Mortimer holds the record as being the last rider to have won a world championship race in the 125cc and 500cc classes in the same year.

35 years ago – Spain/Jarama/1971/500cc – Dave Simmonds became the first rider to win in the premier-class riding a Kawasaki. Kawasaki have had one other premier-class victory, with Mick Grant at the Isle of Man TT races in 1975.

39 years ago – Canada/Mosport/1967 – The Grand Prix circus made its one and only visit to Canada. This was the last occasion that British riders won the 125cc, 250cc and 500cc races at a Grand Prix event, with Billy Ivy taking the victory in the 125cc class riding a Yamaha and Mike Hailwood in the 250cc and 500cc classes riding a Honda.


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