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Terry Dennehy’s Drixton-Honda

Talk about unlikely combinations. Two 22-years-old Australia bike mechanics, working in Milan with a Swiss frame maker, turn a Honda CB450 roadster into a competitive racer.

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Marco Simoncelli 1987-2011

Marco Simoncelli’s death at the Malaysian Grand Prix has rocked the sport. He was a MotoGP star on a rise and an incredible personality – in a paddock where rider actions and quotes are often …

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Legendary bikes: MV Agusta 500

Giacomo Agostini has no hesitation naming his favourite bike: the MV-Agusta 500 tre cilindri.
It was created in 1966 when he became MV’s lead rider and won seven successive premier-class crowns.

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Legendary Bikes: Barry Sheene’s Suzuki RG500 1976-77

Barry Sheene’s Suzuki 500 holds the record for the fastest motorcycle GP race ever.
On July 3, 1977 Sheene averaged 217.37 km/h to win the Belgian GP at Spa-Francorchamps, compared with fastest MotoGP race averages of …

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Legends: Gary Hocking

“Meteoric”. That was Gary Hocking’s international motorcycle career. Aged 20, he first ventured onto the Continent in mid-1958 and within a month finished third in the West German 500 GP.
Shocked by the death of Australia’s …

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Legends: Tarquinio Provini

You’d have thought it was no contest – a small Italian factory’s two-valve single against a 16-valve four. But with one round remaining in the 1963 world  250 championship, Tarquinio Provini and his Moto Morini …

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Legends: Franco Uncini

What a difference a year makes! Franco Uncini should be remembered for his classy victory in the 1982 world 500 championship. Competing in the perhaps biggest field of works bikes in 500 GP racing to …

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Legends: Gary Nixon

Back-to-back AMA Grand National Champion, Daytona 200 winner, US road-racing champion, battered in crashes and duded out of a ‘world’ title. Gary Nixon, from Anadarko, Oklahoma, has seen it all – the epitome of the …

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Legends: Kel Carruthers

Kel Carruthers’ winning ride on a Benelli four to secure the 1969 world 250 championship on the treacherous streets of Opatija (in the old Yugoslavia) was the most dramatic title-clincher of Australia’s ten successful world …

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Legends: Johnny Cecotto

For a rookie GP season, Alberto “Johnny” Cecotto’s impact in 1975 takes some beating. As a 19-year-old riding a second-tier Yamaha with a year-old factory engine, he won four 350 GPs and dethroned Giacomo Agostini …

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Legends: Phil Read

Phil Read was the Prince of Speed and might also be called the Prince of Longevity – winning his first world championship event (the 350 TT) at the Isle of Man in 1961 and his …

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Legends: Angel Nieto

He was the hero Spanish racing needed, this tough little guy from Zamora. But Angel Nieto would go on to win 90 Grands Prix in the 50, 80 and 125 classes between 1969 and 1985. …