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Grand Prix legend Jack Findlay passes away

Grand Prix legend Jack Findlay passes away

The MotoGP paddock woke up to sad news this morning with the announcement that former Grand Prix winner Jack Findlay sadly passed away last night aged 71.

The MotoGP paddock woke up to sad news this morning with the announcement that former Grand Prix winner Jack Findlay sadly passed away last night aged 71. Findlay is fondly remembered for writing some important chapters in the sport's history, including taking the first win on a two-stroke machine, the first win on Michelin tyres and the first 500cc win for Suzuki. His career covered several eras and was one of the longest ever in the sport, spanning 21 years from 1958 to 1978.

The popular Australian was a runner-up in the 500cc World Championship on a privateer machine before he won the Formula 750 World Championship in 1975, eventually retiring aged 43 in 1978. He later became MotoGP's Technical Director and has strong links to France –the scene of today's Grand Prix- as he is survived by his wife Dominique.

At 10.10am this morning there will be a minute's silence of remembrance for Mr. Findlay and Mrs. Angela Ippolito who also passed away recently. The event will take place underneath the control tower and will be attended by officials and team members.

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MotoGP, 2007

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