New to motogp.com?Register here

Tickets purchase
VideoPass purchase

Forever, Juan Garriga

Forever, Juan Garriga

The charismatic 500cc star from the 90s dies from complications following a recent traffic accident.

Former 500cc Spanish rider Juan Garriga died Thursday afternoon at the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona as a result of complications following a motorcycle accident that occured last Monday.

Garriga starred in the fight for the 250cc World Championship in 1988, a title that would eventually be won by Sito Pons. But Garriga was exalted to the courage and determination demonstrated on the track, battling hard despite his slower Yamaha. Garriga’s wild riding style made him loved and admired by many World Championship fans.

Early in the nineties Garriga and double 250cc world champion Sito Pons paved the way for Spanish riders in the World Championship’s premier class with Yamaha and Honda respectively. The likes of Alex Criville in 1999, the first Spanish title in the 500cc class, have the likes of Garriga and Pons to thank. Spanish success is kept by the likes of Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo today.

Pons and Garriga shared the track with the most iconic generation of American and Australian 500cc stars, with Garriga eventually finishing on the rostrum in the premier class at the 1992 British Grand Prix.

Garriga, who was 52 years old, raced the Cagiva factory in 1986 and was on the podium in World Superbike occasionally during the 1993 season.

During Thursday's press conference at the OCTO British Grand Prix, the sad news reached the current players in the MotoGP ™ World Championship: "This is very bad news," said Valentino Rossi. "I did not personally meet him, but when I became interested in racing in the late eighties Garriga had fantastic fights against Sito Pons and the youngest of the Sarron brothers. I always remember the “Pacman” at top of his helmet. I'm sorry."

"As Vale says," added Jorge Lorenzo, "This is very bad news for all who knew him. I know many stories about him, especially because my father was a great fan of him. I’ve only just found out now and it’s very sad because he was a very charismatic rider in Spain. "

Tags:
MotoGP, 2015, Juan Garriga

Other updates you may be interested in ›