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Here you are the best riders in the world!

FREDDIE SPENCER

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Palmares:
1983 WORLD CHAMPION 500
1985 WORLD CHAMPION 250-500

Other driver has a unique class and immense.Born on December 20, 1961 in Shreveport Louisiana USA, he became world champion in the premier class at only 21 years in 1983, beating riding the Honda 750 triple, some official Kenny Roberts ....In 84 raced for volition of Honda with 4 cylinders, but he preferred the three cylinders with whom he won the title in 83 ... but home to Tokyo I imposed ...In 85 repeated the success with a memorable brace, which won the title in both 250 and 500, the last rider to be managed.Unfortunately the shady character, and a fastidiossima tendonitis forced him to a premature retirement from racing. My nimignolo I was saddled by friends because of my passion for this maniacal shows and pilot was also here is my love at number 19.
 

MICK DOOHAN

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Palmares:
1994 WORLD CHAMPION 500
1995 WORLD CHAMPION 500
1996 WORLD CHAMPION 500
1997 WORLD CHAMPION 500
1998 WORLD CHAMPION 500

Michael "Mick" Doohan was born in Brisbane, Australia, June 4, 1965 500cc world champion five consecutive times from 1994 to 1998. Began his career in the Superbike World Championship, where he ran in 1988, winning a race in Japan, and both those in Australia. He also competed in the 500 cc class, managing to win numerous races and five consecutive world titles: 54 victories achieved in 500 permit, currently, Doohan to be the third rider in number of WINS preceded only by Valentino Rossi and Giacomo Agostini. Originally from the Gold Coast, near Brisbane, debuted in Grand Prix racing in 1989 with a Honda NSR 500. Having competed with success during the early 1990s risked amputation of a leg due to a serious incident occurred in Assen (the Netherlands) in 1992, which has caused incident of permanent damage. After a period of rehabilitation, he returned to run winning five consecutive 500cc class World Championship between 1994 and 1998 (after him, just another Australian to win in the premier class world title: Casey Stoner in 2007). A peculiar trait of Doohan's driving in the aftermath of the incident was to operate the rear brake instead of the normal right pedal (for the inability to modulate the force required due to leg injury) through a command by hand (an additional lever "to push" located on the left handlebar). Some commentators have argued that this technique was driving for Doohan an advantage in rear brake control, although nothing prohibiting other runners to try this solution (and some in fact attempted). In 1997 he got the record, still unbeaten, of 12 victories in a single season in the premier class. In 1999 suffered a new unfortunate incident which, due to the new leg, breaking it caused the forced retirement. After retiring from racing, he worked as an advisor for the racing Department of Honda, that relationship ended at the end of the 2004 season.

WAYNE GARDNER

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Palmares:
1987 WORLD CHAMPION 500


Wayne Michael Gardner (born 11 October 1959 in Wollongong, New South Wales) is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and touring car racer. His most notable achievement was winning the 1987 500 cc Motorcycle World Championship, becoming the first Australian to win motorcycling's premier class. His success on the world motorcycle racing circuit earned him the nickname The Wollongong Whiz.
Gardner began his racing career in 1977 at age 18, riding a second-hand Yamaha TZ250 bike in the Australian championship and finishing second on debut at Amaroo Park. He went on to record his first win a few weeks later at Oran Park Raceway.
He won his first 500 cc race at the Jarama circuit in Spain in 1986, the 500 cc World Championship in 1987 and the inaugural Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island in 1989.For his entire Grand Prix career, Gardner raced for the Rothmans Honda team and was joined on that team by fellow Australian Michael Doohan in 1989.
Gardner also won four Suzuka 8 Hours races in 1985, 1986, 1991 and 1992.
Gardner retired from motorcycle racing following the 1992 season but stayed closely involved with the sport, helping various riders like Daryl Beattie early in their careers. He rode at special events like the Goodwood Festival of Speed on classic Honda motorcycles and raced again at the Goodwood race meeting against fellow bikers James Whitham, the late Barry Sheene and ex-Formula One driver Damon Hill.
 

EDDIE LAWSON

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Palmares:
1984 WORLD CHAMPION 500
1986 WORLD CHAMPION 500
1988 WORLD CHAMPION 500
1989 WORLD CHAMPION 500


Eddie Lawson (born March 11, 1958 in Upland, California) is a former four-time Grand Prix motorcycle racing World Champion. His penchant for not crashing & consistently finishing in the points earned him the nickname "Steady Eddie".
Lawson began his motorcycle racing career in the Southern California dirt track circuit. When it became increasingly difficult to find machinery able to compete with the dominant Harley Davidsons, he switched his attention to road racing. In 1979, Lawson finished the season second behind Freddie Spencer in the AMA 250cc road racing National Championship. Afterwards, he was offered a ride with the Kawasaki Superbike team and won the AMA Superbike Series in 1981 and 1982. He also won the AMA 250cc road racing National Championship in 1980 and 1981 for Kawasaki.
Lawson accepted an offer from Yamaha to contest the 500cc World Championship as Kenny Roberts' team-mate for the 1983 season. Lawson spent the 1983 season learning the ropes of the Grand Prix circuit[disambiguation needed. In 1984, Lawson began winning regularly and won the 1984 world championship. It would mark the first of four world titles Lawson would go on to win. After winning two more titles for Yamaha in 1986 and 1988, Lawson shocked the racing world by announcing he would be leaving Yamaha to sign with their arch-rivals Honda fulfilling his desire to work with Erv Kanemoto. He went on to win the 1989 title for Honda, becoming the first rider to win back-to-back championships on machines from different manufacturers.
In 1990, Lawson won the Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race on a Yamaha FZR750R OW01 paired with Japanese rider Tadahiko Taira.Lawson also won the Daytona 200 in 1986 and came out of retirement to win it again in 1993. When he retired from GP racing in the early 1990s, he ranked third on the all-time 500cc Grand Prix wins list with 31.
After finishing his motorcycle career, Lawson pursued a career in open wheel single seater racing in the United States competing in the Indy Lights series and eventually to CART. In the 1996 IndyCar season, he competed in 11 races with his best results being two sixth place finishes at U.S. 500 and the Detroit Indy Grand Prix. His passion for speed remains undiminished and the former World Champion now enjoys driving 250cc Superkarts often accompanied by his great friend and rival Wayne Rainey, who races in a specially modified Superkart to cope with his spinal injuries.
 

TRIBUTE OF LUCA CADALORA

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Palmares:

1986 WORLD CHAMPION 125 

1991 WORLD CHAMPION 250

 1992 WORLD CHAMPION 250

 

Luca Cadalora (Modena, May 17, 1963) world champion in the 125cc class in 1986 and twice in the 250cc class in 1991 and 1992. Certainly one of the best Italian drivers of all time. 

Cadalora began his professional motorcycle racing career in 1984, riding an MBA in the 125cc world championship. In 1986, he won the 125cc World Championship while riding for the Garelli factory racing team. His success earned him a promotion to the 250cc class with Giacomo Agostini's Marlboro Yamaha factory racing team in 1986. In 1991, Cadalora switched to the Rothmans Honda factory racing team and won the 250cc World Championship aboard an Erv Kanemoto-tuned Honda NSR250.He successfully defended his title with Honda in 1992, claiming his third world championship.

In 1993 he rose to the blue riband 500cc division as Wayne Rainey's team mate in the Kenny Roberts-Yamaha team.In three seasons on the Roberts Yamaha, he displayed flashes of brilliance, finishing as high as second to Mick Doohan in 1994. Cadalora rejoined Kanemoto for the 1996 season, racing a Honda NSR500. Despite lacking any major sponsors, he still managed to finish the season in third place aboard the Kanemoto-Honda.

For the 1997 season, he got a contract as official Yamaha rider in the new Promotor Racing team, backed by an Austrian businessman, but after few races the squad fell in financial problems. WCM rescued the team with the help of a Red Bull sponsorship and Cadalora ended the season in sixth place. At the beginning of the 1998 season, both WCM and Cadalora lost the Yamaha official support. He returned to the Rainey-Yamaha works team for a few races to replace an injured Jean-Michel Bayle, then helped develop the new MuZ race bike. In 1999 he was again with MuZ. Cadalora closed out his career with Kenny Roberts' Modenas team in 2000.

In an era rich in talent, with competitors such as Doohan, Rainey and Schwantz, Cadalora was considered an enigma.Capable of defeating the best riders in the world on certain days, he would just as often post poor results, so lacked consistency at the highest levels of the sport. He retired with 34 Grand Prix victories in three different classes.

 

JOHN KOCINSKI

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Palmares:
1990 WORLD CHAMPION 250
1997 WORLD CHAMPION SBK


John Kocinski was born in Little Rock, March 20, 1968, 250cc World Champion in 1990 and Superbike world champion in 1997. born into a family of Polish origin, only four years began to ride Minibikes, attracting the attention of Kenny Roberts, who in the early 1980s he joined several amateur Championships: in 1981 he became national champion of the 125 class with Yamahaalso, getting second place in the 250 with the same manufacturer. In 1982 and in 1983 won the AMA, one of the most important motorcycling tournaments among those held in the United States of America, flying before a private motion and then a Honda. In 1985 he returned to racing with Yamaha, Waxman, the World Endurance, reserved for motorbikes displacement was equal to 750. Two years later he moved to Spain, where she ran the 250 class European Championship, taking two WINS. In 1988 gramigni in "two and a half" (another name of 250) taking note of the United States Grand Prix, in which he obtained a fourth place. The following season, he won two races (in Japan and the USA) and as a reward his team allowed him to debut in the premier class, 500 in the Belgium Grand Prix, where he arrived fifth in front of sacred monsters of this sport such as Mick Doohan and Pierfrancesco Chili. In 1990 he became world champion in the 250 following seven first places (in Grands Prix held in the United States, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Hungary and in the Grand Prix of Nations) and Gladden raggranellati 223 points in the final standings. Since that moment moved to 500cc, where it ran until the end of his career except for a little adventure with the Suzuki 250 during the season in 1993. In his first year he won the 500cc Grand Prix Malaysia, which earned him the 4° place in the final ranking. Best luck was the 1992 season, where again he won the last race on the calendar (in this case, the South African Grand Prix) and finished in third position at the end of the year. In 1993 he moved to Cagiva, with whom she had an unlucky season that does not preclude, however, the victory on the home circuit. In 1994 Kocinski seemed in better shape pilot at the beginning of the season, and after the victory in Australia and second place in Malaysia was first in the standings, but a potential loss of his Cagiva C594 prevented him from fighting for the Summit, closing the season on the lowest rung of the podium behind Doohan and Luca Cadalora. The tremendous disappointment convinced him to abandon the world to devote himself to the Superbike World Championship, where in 1996 came third with a Ducati. The following year he was champion thanks to Honda, scoring the aggiudò world. Back in MotoGP World Championship with the same Japanese team racing in the 500 in 1998 and in 1999, without, however, gained appreciable results: his last podium goes back to that day in May 23, 1999 Grand Prix of France finished behind Alex Criville but before the Japanese Tetsuya Harada. In 2000 he returned stateside for the Ama Superbike race, which ended in seventh place; from 2001 to 2002 he was the test driver for Team Yamaha, who was preparing to go into MotoGP. A few days later, he announced his retirement from racing.

 

WAYNE RAINEY

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Palmares:
1990 WORLD CHAMPION 500
1991 WORLD CHAMPION 500
1992 WORLD CHAMPION 500

Dutiful tribute to one of the best riders to trememde 500 2T ... born in Los Angeles, California on 23 October 1960. In 1983 won the title in the American Superbike Championship while in 1984 he made his debut in MotoGP with Yamaha in the 250 class, earning a third place finish in the European Grand Prix and little else. After a long hiatus, in 1988 passed the 500 class with the same team, resulting in the year of debut his first worldwide hit (in the Grand Prix of Great Britain) and third place in the final standings.Great exponent (alongside Eddie Lawson, Kevin Schwantz, Wayne Gardner and Michael Doohan) of what is termed the golden age of motorcycling, in 1989 earned three first places (in the United States, in Germany and in the Netherlands) was second behind Lawson with 210.5 points (the "strange" mezzo punto was awarded at the end of the Grand Prix of Belgium). Since then, however, Rainey was the winner of the premier class, of which he was world champion for three times in a row in 1990 (7 WINS; 255 points), in 1991 (6 WINS; 233 points) and 1992 (3 victories; 140 points). Also in 1993 he headed the world to three races remaining, but a fall in avvenutagli Italy Grand Prix at Misano the paralysed, thus facilitating the victory of Schwantz and forcing him to retire from the world.Though saddened by injury, Rainey tries to react to this situation by running the world of go-kart race held in Northern California. Currently he resides in Monterey in the region, and in his honor a fast curve of the Laguna Seca circuit has been called "Wayne Rainey Curve".

 

KEVIN SCHWANTZ

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Palmares:
1993 WORLD CHAMPION 500


How not to include in the pilot of big Texan, born on June 19, 1964 to Paige, Texas. He had a career full of thrills and spills ... that portararono to the abandonment of races in mid-1995 because the umpteenth injury.Duels with Doohan, Gardner hired, Lawson, Rainey etc made impazzie enthusiasts around the world. EPIC the detached against the unbelieving Raney at the entrance of the hockenheimring Motodrome and which earned him the victory of the race. After many vicissitudes, won the world title in the premier class in 1993, accomplice also the serious injury that stopped in malomodo the career of another pilot that unforgotten Wayne Rainey. Racing on Suzuki and maybe it was just that an impassable limit for access to victory in a more continuous.At the time of decision made in Japan not to blow each other drivers, the market was very stale. Take a look at the video, the sharp-eyed will notice the inevitable traction control ..... to hand ...

 

THE BEST DIRT RIDERS

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Here's a nice roundup of riders who have raced in the 500 a few years ago world.

JEFF WARD

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Palmares:
MXDN 1989
MXDN 1990
1984 NATIONAL 125
1985 NATIONAL 250
1985 AMA Supercross
1987 AMA Supercross
1988 NATIONAL 250
1989 NATIONAL 500
1990 NATIONAL 500
2004: Campione AMA Supermoto
2006: Medaglia d'oro X-Games Supermoto di Los Angeles
2006: Campione AMA Supermoto
2008: Medaglia d'oro X-Games Supermoto di Los Angeles


Jeff Ward (Glasgow, June 22, 1961) famous conquering and AMA superider in America. After AMA motocross course (5 titles and records for being the first to win all categories AMA Motocross), went to Indy, Motorsport in the Formula getting excellent results, to return again later to motorcycling.It is measured with samples from the likes of Johnson, Bailey, Glover, often bending them, in essence a real big, at the expense of height from Jockey ... In 1999 was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame. From 2004 to 2007 he raced in AMA Supermoto winning two titles. In 2008 was forced to retire from a skin cancer. From 2009 following the riders of Honda Troy Lee Designs in the AMA Supercross Lites and, despite the skin disease, is on track to contest the AMA Supermoto Championship for the 6th year.

 

RICKY JOHNSON

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Palmares:
MXDN 1984
MXDN 1986
MXDN 1987
MXDN 1988
1984 NATIONAL 250
1986 SUPERCROSS+NATIONAL 250
1987 NATIONAL 500+NATIONAL 250
1988 SUPERCROSS+NATIONAL 500


Rick Johnson (born on 6 July 1964 in El Cajon, California) won seven AMA national championships.In 2010, he won Pro 2WD Trophy Truck title in Traxxas TORC Series. Ricky's father was an avid motorcyclist and bought a mini-bikes when he was 3 years old. When he was 16 years old, in 1980, he was awarded the pro license. He won his first national championship in 1984 for the Yamaha factory motocross Team for the 1986 season, he was offered a place with Honda USA by team manager and five time world champion Roger De Coster. EPIC duel with his team-mate David Bailey throughout the 1986 season, especially in Anaheim, duel ended winning the 250 national title and the Supercross Crown.Also dominated the 1987 season, winning both the 250 and 500 Crown in the national. In ' 87 Rick also won the Super Bowl Of Motorcross at the Coliseum in Los Angeles. After a severe crash at the first corner Johnson made an incredible comeback actor.In their last return poked Jeff Ward and finally Guy Cooper on the penultimate lap to win the victory. He also won the 1988 Supercross and 500 titles. The 1989 season could sanction the umpteen successes for the Californian pilot, but suffered a serious injury to a wrist during a practice session.The injury was so severe that forced him to retire at the start of the 1991 season. At the time of his retirement he had only 26 years.

 

DAVID THORPE

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Palmares:

1985 WORLD CHAMPION 500
1986 WORLD CHAMPION 500
1989 WORLD CHAMPION 500

David Thorpe won three times, the World Championship of the premier class, 85-86 exactly in and 89. As a youth he excelled both in cross that in football, he was even offered a contract with Queens Park Rangers, the team of the first division of the English League.Luckily for the people of motorcyclists, declined an invitation to be the motocross. UK Kawasaki team joined, after several seasons spent at HRC Honda Racing Team in 1983. After a season of apprenticeship, at the end of the 1984 season, slipped six victories by race officials felt that the victory of world Laurel for the following year. In 1985 in Gaildorf in Germany of MXDN, captured the overall victory by beating the individual riders Americans Jeff Ward and David Bailey. Has retained his world title in 1986, following an epic battle throughout the season with team-mate André Malherbe. A series of injuries prevented him from fighting for the title following 87 and 88, where he finished fifth and third. However, in 89, after an exciting season, managed to beat the cool world champion Eric Geboers. In 1990 he left the HRC team to go to the official Kawasaki team, but not motorbikes were never up to rivals and although the table number one finished fifth.In 1991 finished seventh. Thorpe left Kawasaki in 1991, and returned to Honda, although to run with a private motion, one prepared by the Italian team of Cinti Honda. Made a couple of seasons, but the "old" lion was unable to record. He retired from professional in 1993, at the age of 31.

 

GEORGES JOBE'

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Palmares:
MXDN 1980
1980 WORLD CHAMPION 250
1983 WORLD CHAMPION 250
1987 WORLD CHAMPION 500
1991 WORLD CHAMPION 500
1992 WORLD CHAMPION 500

Georges Jobé (January 6, 1961) is a Belgian motorcycle rider who specializes in motocross racing and retired from competitive activities. Was the youngest motocross rider graduate world champion winning his first World Championship in 19 years 250 in 1980. In 1983 he won the title again and leaves the 250 class. In 1984 the 500 class, arrives on a Kawasaki. In 1985 and 1986 ranks 4°. In 1987 driving a Honda, prepares his private Team and world champion in the 500, the first rider to win a private world. WINS again in the 500 class in 1991 and in 1992. After retiring from active competition he became team manager Jobè, Advisor, trainer, and promoter of motocross races. The December 7, 2007 was the victim of a horrible fall in Dubai, where he would find himself every year with a few friends to have fun among the sand dunes. Risked paralysis but managed in a slow recovery.

 

ERIC GEBOERS

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Palmares:
1982 WORLD CHAMPION 125
1983 WORLD CHAMPION 125
1987 WORLD CHAMPION 250
1988 WORLD CHAMPION 500
1990 WORLD CHAMPION 500


The Belgian ACE, made an epic undertaking: in his career was the first who won in all classes the world!He scored two goals in -83, then in 125.1982 87 won the 250 and another brace in the premier class in 1988 and 1990 vintages. 28 years just retired from racing, exactly after the consecration as King of the premier class in August 1990.

 

DAVID BAILEY

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Palmares:
MXDN 1982
MXDN 1983
MXDN 1984
MXDN 1985
MXDN 1986
1983 SUPERCROSS+NATIONAL 250
1984 NATIONAL 500


Other unforgettable motocross champion born in USA, born December 31, 1961 in San Diego, California. Master of style and equipped with an immense Crystal class in a few years that placed him at the top of the world, memorable cross his victory hands down ... very low .... at the Motocross des Nations in September 1986, in 1969 and the Fix was obviously present ... I was also stiff arm ...Unfortunately, fate will wait at gate shortly thereafter, in February 1987, in a test of Supercross USA, is said to one of the first triple, fell heavily while in fact paralyzed lower limbs.Despite the strong start, in the following years he devoted himself to Iroman paraplegics and he won in  the 2000!

 

ANDRE' MALHERBE

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Palmares:
1977 MXDN
1979 MXDN
1980 MXDN
1980 WORLD CHAMPION 500
1981 WORLD CHAMPION 500  
1984 WORLD CHAMPION 500

Dutiful homage to one of the best riders to cross in an absolute sense.Born in Belgium on March 21, 1956, soon became world champion in the 500 class years 80-81-84. His epic duels with the likes of Thorpe, Noyce, Lackey, Jobè, Carlquist Vromans, etc. Unfortunately for him, the fate played a bad joke, indeed the participation of Paris Dakar of 1988 a nasty accident in race, confined to a wheelchair for the rest of its existence.
 

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