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Kork Ballington

Kork Ballington’s 500cc dilemma

Kork Ballington had a dilemma at the end of 1979 – stay with Kawasaki to develop a new 500 racer or sign with Suzuki?

Yamaha man

Legends: Mike Hailwood

What made Mike Hailwood stand apart — precise lines on the fast public road circuits of his day? Tick. But he was just as comfortable on artificial circuits.
Bravery? Tick. He rode the fearsome Honda 500-4 …

Isle of Man 1963

Legends: Hugh Anderson

Hugh Anderson is close to the blueprint for a 1960s champion – resourceful, modest and brave.
Signed by Suzuki just as the company hit its straps as a builder of fast engines, he helped turn that …

winner of 26 Grand Prix

Legends: Luigi Taveri

Luigi Taveri was the antithesis of today’s teenaged tear-away 125 GP racers – technically savvy, immaculately presented and cool headed.
An Italian-Swiss, born near Zurich in 1929, Taveri won the first of his three world 125 …

world champions

Legends: Max Deubel

What do Max Deubel and Mike Hailwood have in common? From 1961 to ’65 both men won four successive world GP championships — Deubel in sidecars with Emil Hoerner, Hailwood in 500 GP. They were …

young ago

Legends: Giacomo Agostini

Italy’s Giacomo Agostini holds the all-time records for the greatest number of world championships and grand prix victories.
Agostini between 1965 and 1976 won 122 grands prix in the 350 and 500 cm3 classes, and 15 …

Suzuki RGA500 XR22 ridden by Pat Hennen for Team Heron Suzuki

Suzuki – 50 years of racing

Perched on a car bonnet, in freezing weather and while operating a cine camera, might sound a strange way to begin an international race program. But that was what entertained Isle of Man residents for …

barker3 lr

Roger Barker: The Man Who Charmed A Town

Australian motorcycle enthusiasts usually don’t need a second invitation to visit a pub. So if you’re planning a trip to Germany, consider the Hotel Luginsland. It’s in the pretty German village of the same name, …

1961 Argentina Grand Prix, Tom Phillis

Tom Phillis Remembered: World 125cc Champion 1961

It started with a letter. A personal but well-argued letter written late in 1959 by an Australian racer to the founder a Japanese motorcycle company.
The rider was Tom Phillis, then a private entrant on the …

Kel Carruthers Yamaha 250cc

Australian Double At The ‘Ring

The full 22.8km Nurburgring is daunting. Throw in rain and mist and it’s scary. But forty years ago, it was the venue when, for the first time, two Australian recorded Grand Prix victories at the …

Jim Budd and Greg Pretty Castrol 6 hour 1979

Vale Greg Pretty*

Greg Pretty, the superstar of the 1979 national season, has died in a road accident in the Adelaide Hills.
Pretty, 54, an airline pilot from Enfield (Adelaide), was riding his Honda with a group of friends …


Bob Brown Robbed In Belgium 1957

Picture this. You’re an Australian rider, lining up for your second premier-class works Grand Prix ride – nominated by a four-times world champion. But just minutes before the start, your Italian teammate’s machine has ignition …