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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?

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 – 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 …

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, …