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Read rides at Le Mans in Findlay memorial

Read rides at Le Mans in Findlay memorial

MotoGP Legend Phil Read spoke to at Le Mans ahead of this weekend´s Jack Findlay memorial race.

A winner of 52 Grands Prix and seven World titles across four different classes over a period of 16 years in the ‘60s and ‘70s, MotoGP Legend Phil Read is present at the Alice Grand Prix de France this weekend to pay tribute to another great name in World Championship history, Jack Findlay.

Former Grand Prix winner Findlay sadly passed away last year aged 71 and is remembered fondly in France where he lived for many years. His career being 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 and later became MotoGP's Technical Director.

His memorial race this weekend sees 47 riders competing on machinery from manufacturers such as Norton, Bultaco, Matchless, Honda, Ducati and AJS, with Read being the most famous name on the entry list.

`I´m riding in a historic race on my 500cc Paton in the Jack Findlay memorial,´ said Read. `Jack was a great rider, a factory Suzuki rider, and before he died in his last years he did great things to improve safety for riders working for Dorna. He was a great person and it is a true honour for me to be invited to take part in his memorial race.´

When asked to compare the bikes he used during his own Grand Prix career with the modern 800cc MotoGP prototypes Read commented, `We used really basic machines. Now they have carbon brakes, slipper clutches, traction control and computer systems which control fuel consumption and power delivery. That is why they need about 20 mechanics for every machine!´

`But I would really have loved to have been part of this scene and to have all the technology, support and development. It is quite awe-inspiring and the power they get out of the 800cc machines is unbelievable.´


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