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Races at Misano: The top ten

Races at Misano: The top ten

This year Grand Prix racing returns to Misano for the first time since 1993. Misano has staged Grand Prix events on ten previous occasions, the first of which was in 1980. Below are some highlights of the previous Grand Prix races held at Misano.

This year Grand Prix racing returns to Misano for the first time since 1993. Misano has staged Grand Prix events on ten previous occasions, the first of which was in 1980. Below are some highlights of the previous Grand Prix races held at Misano:

1980 – Kenny Roberts, riding a Yamaha, won the first 500cc race at Misano and was followed home by Suzuki riders Franco Uncini and Graziano Rossi (the latter finishing on the podium for the first time in the premier class). Johnny Cecotto, the 1975 World Champion, won the 350cc race – the last of his fourteen GP victories. The home crowd had plenty to cheer in the smaller classes with the 125cc race won by Pierpaolo Bianchi and the 50cc contest by Eugenio Lazzarini.

1982 – Franco Uncini became the first Italian to win in the premier-class at Misano on his way to taking the 500cc world title.

1984 – Freddie Spencer made history in the 500cc race by giving the Honda NSR500 its first ever race victory. The NSR500 eventually became the most successful premier class machine of all time, winning a total of 132 Grand Prix races. Italian Fausto Ricci scored his first and only Grand Prix victory in the 250cc race, riding a Yamaha. Pierpaolo Bianchi won the first ever 80cc Grand Prix.

1985 – Eddie Lawson won the final race of the year after Spencer decided to give it a miss, having already clinched the world title. The smaller classes were won by two riders who are currently team owners – Fausto Gresini taking the honours in the 125cc race and Jorge Martinez ‘Aspar' in the 80cc race.

1986 – Lawson repeated his victory of the previous year in the 500cc race. Tadahiko Taira won the 250cc race riding a Yamaha – his only Grand Prix victory. August Auinger won the 125cc race riding a Bartol built by the current chief engineer of the KTM squad.

1987 – Yamaha won the 500cc race once again, this time with Randy Mamola onboard. History was made in the 250cc class when Loris Reggiani took the victory riding an Aprilia – the very first Grand Prix victory for the Italian manufacturer.

1989 – One of the most controversial Grand Prix events of all time resulted in a race that was boycotted by most of the factory riders and won by Pier Francesco Chilli riding a Pirelli shod Honda. The boycott took place after the race was stopped when rain started to fall and the riders considered the track too dangerous under the resulting conditions. Sito Pons won the 250cc race on his way to claiming his second world title.

1990 – A great day for American riders, with Wayne Rainey winning the 500cc race and John Kocinski the 250cc contest. Jorge Martinez won in 125cc riding a JJ Cobas and was followed home by Dirk Raudies and Loris Capirossi making his first ever appearance on a Grand Prix podium at the age of just 17.

1991 – Honda riders took the wins in all three classes; 500cc – Mick Doohan, 250cc – Luca Cadalora and 125cc – Fausto Gresini.

1993 – This was the last time that a Grand Prix was held at Misano, and is most remembered for the career-ending accident suffered by Rainey, who crashed on lap 10 whilst leading the race. The race was won by Rainey's Yamaha team-mate Cadalora.

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