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Warren Willing passes away

Warren Willing passes away

The MotoGP™ paddock & community is saddened to hear that former rider and renowned Australian engineer Warren Willing passed away on Friday.

Warren Willing’s career in motorcycle racing spanned more than four decades. Willing started in 1970 as a racer in national competitions in Australia and New Zealand before moving up to the 750cc world championship and the famous Daytona 200. In an accident at the North West 200 in Northern Ireland in 1979, Willing suffered severe leg injuries and was forced to retire from racing.

Two years later, his second career started as a team manager and technician. His biggest success was the triple 500cc crown of Wayne Rainey in 1990, 1991 and 1992, when he worked as a crew chief in the team of “King” Kenny Roberts, who had scored three consecutive 500cc titles himself a decade prior to Rainey.

In 2000, Willing was one of the key technicians within the Suzuki factory team, leading King Kenny’s son, Kenny Roberts Junior, to the 500 crown.

From 2004 on, Willing worked as a consultant and chassis constructor for KTM in the 125cc, 250cc and MotoGP™ categories with riders such as Casey Stoner, Mika Kallio and Julian Simon in the 125cc class and Hiroshi Aoyama in 250cc.

In 2011, the Australian had a brief stint with MZ Racing, helping out Martin Wimmer's team - whom he knew as a rider from the 1987 Suzuka 8-Hours when he was looking after the German and Kevin Magee's winning factory Yamaha.

More recently, he took on a consulting role at Ducati during the transition period between Fillipo Preziosi's and Luigi dall'Igna's respective tenures as Ducati Corse General Manager and Technical Manager.

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