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Cañellas recalls first Spanish World Championship win

Cañellas recalls first Spanish World Championship win

Salvador Cañellas spoke to motogp.com on Tuesday, recalling his victory in Barcelona 40 years ago on a Bultaco machine, as the first Spaniard to win a GP race.

On the Montjuic hill overlooking Barcelona on Tuesday, former World Championship rider Salvador Cañellas showed off the Bultaco TSS bike which he rode to victory just over forty years ago at the same venue in the Spanish Grand Prix.

His win in the 125cc class on 4th May 1968 came ten years after the Spanish Bultaco brand was founded, with the company therefore celebrating their fiftieth anniversary this year.

`The time has flown by and it seems like it was only yesterday,´ said Cañellas. `It was the first win for a Spanish rider in the World Championship so it was a special moment and it surprised a few people. All the people in the motorcycling World who were around me at the time were very pleased, but I especially remember reaction of Paco Bultó (Bultaco founder). When I got back to the box he was truly joyful.´

Although the Barcelona brand left the World Championship in the early 1980s and its factory closed in 1983 there is still a specialist demand for replicas of Bultaco machinery.

`The Bultaco name lives on,´ noted Cañellas. `It is still alive, the bikes still sell and although they are replicas there has even been an increase in demand for the Bultaco TSS recently.´

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, GRAN PREMI CINZANO DE CATALUNYA

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