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Legendary British racing driver Phil Read has died

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52 wins and 121 podiums in 152 career GP races

Britain’s Phil Read, the first rider to win the world championship in the 125cc, 250cc and 500cc grand prix categories, died on Thursday at the age of 83.



Luton Racer in England competed among the world’s motorcycling elite from 1961 to 1976, in during this time he became a seven-time world champion and an eight-time winner of the Isle of Race Man TT.

Phil Read became Yamaha’s first 250cc world champion in 1964 and won four more titles with the Japanese manufacturer (1964, 1965, 1968 and 1971). In 1968, he became the simultaneous world champion in this way in class up to 125 cc than 250 cc, and celebrated a total of 11 victories. In 1973 and 1974, he became world champion in elite class up to 500 cubic centimeters with an Italian brand MV Agustawhich was his second team in career.

Great rival of the compatriot Mika “The Bike” Hailwood and the Italian giant Giacomo Agostini he retired with 52 wins in 152 races in world championship, and he stood on the podium 121 times.

In 2002, they promoters world championship in to motorcycling, Dorna was declared “a legend MotoGPyes. Yamaha paid tribute to him as “truly one of the greatest in motorcycle racing”.

Source: Rtvslo

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