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Dieter Stappert 1942-2008

Dieter Stappert 1942-2008

Tributes have been paid in Sepang to Dieter Stappert, who has died in hospital from the effects of a heart attack.

Former journalist and team manager Dieter Stappert has died in hospital in Munich, aged 66. The respected paddock figure had suffered a heart attack this past June, and had never regained full consciousness.

Stappert was an eminent figure in both the MotoGP World Championship and Formula 1, with some of his greatest successes in the former coming with Carlos Lavado´s titles and Ralf Waldmann´s runner-up finishes in the 250cc category. The Austrian had a long and successful relationship with Honda, but was most recently involved with the KTM Junior 125cc team project and Yamaha rider Doni Tata Pradita´s current rookie season in the quarter-litre class.

Waldmann, Gerry Biasi and Mike Leitner, three people who worked closely with Stappert during his time in the World Championship, spoke to motogp.com to pay their tributes. A minute´s silence will be held before Sunday´s MotoGP race in Sepang in Stappert´s honour.

Many other paddock figures were sad to head the news, including two-time 250cc World Champion Lavado, who enjoyed quarter-litre glory under the colours of German tobacco company HB, whose motorsport sponsorship was managed by Stappert before he moved onto managing the HB 250cc team.

The Venezuelan told motogp.com: `Dieter was a great guy, I brought HB their only world title when he was working for them and I have fond memories of him. I´m very saddened to hear he passed away - rest in peace and thanks for everything you did for motorcycling.´

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MotoGP, 2008, POLINI MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Yamaha Pertamina Indonesia

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