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First 250cc World Champion Bruno Ruffo passes away

First 250cc World Champion Bruno Ruffo passes away

First 250cc World Champion Bruno Ruffo passes away

Press Statement from the FIM

Former Italian rider Bruno Ruffo died last Friday in Italy. He was 86 years old.

Bruno Ruffo was born on December 9, 1920 in Colognola (Verona). He started in motorcycle racing in 1946. His first Grand Prix was in Bern, Switzerland, on July 2, 1949, in the 250cc class riding a Moto Guzzi, and was also his first win. With a second place in Ulster and a fourth place in Monza, he became the first 250cc Grand Prix World Champion.

In 1950, he also raced in the 125 class and won the World title, riding a Mondial, with a victory at the Dutch TT in Assen; that same year he finished 3rd in the 250cc Championship. He won again the 250cc title in 1951 with two wins, in France (Albi) and Ulster (Belfast-Clady). He finished 6th in 1952, always riding a 250cc Moto Guzzi.

In the name of the FIM, President Vito Ippolito and CEO Guy Maitre present their sincere condolences to his family and his friends.

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MotoGP, 2007

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