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Who is the greatest ever Moto GP rookie?

Marc Marquez is the first rookie to win the premier-class world motorcycle championship since Kenny Roberts in 1978. Both won in epic seasons, where the battle went down to the final race.

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Video: Jean’s Story – sidecar passenger

Being the daredevil passenger, leaning out of a motorcycle sidecar outfit at 160km/h, was not how dress-cutter Jean Kilpatrick saw her future when she left Melbourne with her racer boyfriend Ray Foster late in 1958.

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Extract from Circus Life: Hinton fixes spark plug with his teeth

Below is an extract from Circus Life – Australian Motorcycle Racers in Europe in the 1950s by Don Cox.

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Legends: Takazumi Katayama

Takazumi Katayama was different. Born in Korea in April 1951, he spent more than a decade racing in Europe, rode works machines for two factories and in 1977 became Japan’s first world Grand Prix champion.

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Legends: John Surtees

John Surtees left motorcycle racing at age 26 with the number one on his machine. It’s a fact quoted many times since Casey Stoner announced that he’s retiring.

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Interview: Mal Campbell

Mal Campbell has been there and done it all, and still does it in Historic Period 5 racing. Riding for Team Honda in Australia and for HRC he rode all manner of machines, including factory …

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Legends: Kevin Schwantz

Want a racer who delivered excitement? Think Kevin Schwantz.

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Interview: Jeff Leisk

Jeff Leisk deserves legend status in off-road racing, as the first Australian rider to win a world motocross Grand Prix and as runner-up in the 1989 world 500 motocross championship. He retired from motocross at …

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Legends: Wayne Rainey

Driven might be the best one-word description of Wayne Rainey. Driven to beat arch-rival Kevin Schwantz and fellow Californian dirt tracker Eddie Lawson.
Driven to chase a fourth world crown and to push so hard on …

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Legends: Carlo Ubbiali

At the Assen Centennial Classic 1998, events were decided on regularity of lap times. Italy’s nine-times world champion Carlo Ubbiali, then aged 68, was a clear winner in his class.

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Legends: Wayne Gardner

In 1988, Swan Breweries showcased leading Australian sports people in television advertisements, with the catchline: “they said you’d never make it”.
In a first for Australian motorcycling, reigning world 500 champion Wayne Gardner was featured. It …

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Legends: Eddie Lawson

Eddie Lawson’s 1983 signing direct from American Superbikes to the Yamaha 500 Grand Prix team brought howls from the European press, but the decision was soon vindicated.