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Sheene parade lap celebrates Great British legend

Silverstone circuit hosts a tribute to one of the UK's two-wheeled greats

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Sheene parade lap celebrates Great British legend

British motorcycling legend Barry Sheene has been mentioned a lot recently, as the former world champion was the last Briton to win a premier class race before Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) took the record in Brno in the Czech GP. Sheene, who came to define an era of two-wheeled motorsport as he took back-to-back premier class titles in 1976 and 1977 with Suzuki, took his last victory - his 19th - in 1981 at the Swedish Grand Prix in Anderstorp, then on a Yamaha.

Sheene died in 2003 and was, until Danny Kent's 2015 Moto3™ world title, the most recent British world champion on two wheels, and he remains the UK's most recent premier class world champion. Fondly remembered on and off track, MotoGP™ celebrated the man and legend with a parade lap around Silverstone ahead of the lights going out on race day, with an incredible selection of the bikes ridden by Sheene during his illustrious career - from the Suzukis that saw Sheene rule the world, to the Yamaha that the late champion rode to his last win.