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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 …

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.

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 …

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.

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.

Marco Simoncelli

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 …

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.

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 …