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Former 125cc titlist Pileri passes away

Former 125cc titlist Pileri passes away

Former Italian rider Paolo Pileri died last Tuesday in Terni, Italy. He was 62 years old.

Official statement from the FIM

Former Italian rider Paolo Pileri died last Tuesday in Terni, Italy. He was 62 years old.

Paolo Pileri was born on July 31, 1944 in Terni. He scored his first Grand Prix points in 1973 (Austria) riding a DRS. In 1974 he started to ride for Morbidelli. A second place in Brno (CZE) showed the potential of the motorcycle. In 1975, Paolo Pileri won the 125cc World title achieving not less than seven consecutive wins on the 125cc Morbidelli: Grand Prix of Spain, Austria, Germany, Italy, the Dutch TT, Belgium and Sweden, and a third place in France.

In 1976, Paolo Pileri finished the Championship in third, with four second places (Austria, Italy, Dutch TT and Belgium), two third places (Yugoslavia and Sweden) and a fifth place (Finland). He also raced in the 250cc class, in 1973, 74 and 75 with Yamaha, and as from 76 with the 250cc Morbidelli, but it was not so easy as in the 125cc: one second place in 1976 (Belgium), only a 9th place and 2 points in 1977 (Finland); Pileri achieved his only win in the 250cc in Belgium in 1978. He rode one more season on a Yamaha (third in Belgium and 7th in Italy).

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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