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Spaniard, Italian and New Zealander set for induction into the Hall of Fame in 2020
Friday, 17 January 2020
Five-time World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, four-time World Champion Max Biaggi and four-time World Champion Hugh Anderson will become MotoGP™ Legends this season, with the Spaniard set to be inducted into the MotoGP™ Legends Hall of Fame at Jerez, the Italian at Mugello and the New Zealander later in the year.

It was decided on the day he announced his retirement that Jorge Lorenzo would become a MotoGP™ Legend this season, and the Majorcan is the first of the three riders who will be inducted in 2020. Fittingly, the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto will play host; the venue at which he made his Grand Prix debut on his 15th birthday and where the final corner bears his name.

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Lorenzo won for several manufacturers across three classes, taking 68 victories in total



Lorenzo is one of the most successful riders of all time, taking his first win in 2003 and his 68th in 2018. Back-to-back 250cc Champion in 2006 and 2007, on pole in his first MotoGP™ race and becoming a winner third time out in the premier class prefaced Lorenzo’s biggest achievements in MotoGP™ as he then went on to take the World Championship in 2010, 2012 and 2015. He won those titles with Yamaha, with whom he accrued 44 wins, before a switch to Ducati in 2017. Lorenzo took three more stunning wins with the Italian marque before moving to Honda, later announcing his retirement from competition at the end of 2019.

Jorge Lorenzo: “To be named a MotoGP Legend makes me extremely happy. When I began competing in this world, what I really aspired to do was to get into the World Championship. To be able to win races and then five World Championships is something that far outweighs what I expected, and to be a MotoGP Legend is something even more difficult to achieve. To be named a Legend means, apart from the titles, that you’ve left a mark on the people and history of this sport. I’d like to thank Dorna and the FIM for their support all these years, and for having included me in this special group of select riders.”


Max Biaggi made his first few Grand Prix appearances in the 250cc class 1991, and the Italian became a winner the very next season as he took his first victory. Two years later he would become Champion for the first time, and another few years after that would see him complete an awe-inspiring run of domination in the class as he became Champion in 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997. He then moved up to the premier class and took a maiden victory in his rookie season, finishing second overall. From his 1998 debut in the premier class until his departure in 2005, Biaggi took 13 wins and was runner up in the Championship on three occasions. When he left Grand Prix racing, Biaggi moved to WorldSBK and took two World Championships there – 2010 and 2012 – and since retiring from competition, he has returned to the GP paddock at the helm of Sterilgarda Max Racing Team. 

Max Biaggi: “I’m honoured to become a MotoGP Legend and know that my name will be up there forever with other important racers like Agostini, Aspar, Nieto, Sheene… I’m happy that my racing legacy will always be remembered and it’s a good feeling that knowing all of my years of hard work are still being recognised, even today. I would like to thank everyone who decided to give me this honour.”



Hugh Anderson will be the final inductee in 2020. Anderson made his first GP appearances in the 500cc and 350cc classes in 1960, taking a podium in the latter. Two years later he added the 125cc and 50cc classes to his resume, becoming a race winner in both. That set his course and for 1963 the New Zealander took on the 125cc and 50cc World Championships in earnest, taking the crown in each class. He retained the 50cc crown the following year to make it back-to-back titles and was third in the 125cc title fight, reversing that in 1965 as he regained the 125cc crown and was third in the 50cc class. Anderson retired in 1966 after taking an impressive 25 Grand Prix wins and four titles in just six years.

Hugh Anderson: “How I felt when receiving the news? At first, apprehension: do my relatively modest achievements warrant this honour? Will I, can I, do justice to this invitation? Some hours later I felt a feelgood sensation envelope me. A gratification that after all this time the modern world has not forgotten the past and the riders of a very much different era still have some value. A question of the history of our sport being recognised at the highest level. Thank you.”

Lorenzo, Biaggi and Anderson now join a long list of greats that have been made MotoGP™ Legends that includes Giacomo Agostini, Mick Doohan, Geoff Duke, Wayne Gardner, Mike Hailwood, Daijiro Kato, Eddie Lawson, Anton Mang, Angel Nieto, Wayne Rainey, Phil Read, Jim Redman, Kenny Roberts, Jarno Saarinen, Kevin Schwantz, Barry Sheene, Marco Simoncelli, Freddie Spencer, Casey Stoner, John Surtees, Carlo Ubbiali, Alex Crivillé, Franco Uncini, Marco Lucchinelli, Randy Mamola, Kork Ballington, Dani Pedrosa, Stefan Dörflinger, Jorge Martinez and the late, great Nicky Hayden.



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Lorenzo won for several manufacturers across three classes, taking 68 victories in total


Biaggi ruled the 250 world four times in a row..


and thereafter proved a key contender in the premier class


Anderson was one of the first to bring some serious success to Suzuki’s fledgling Grand Prix project…


.winning four titles and putting a target on the back of the Hamamatsu factory
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Rea, Krummenacher and Gonzalez attended the prize-giving ceremony in Monaco with motorcycling’s best of 2019

Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) collected his medal on stage presented and awarded by motorcycling legend and two-time WorldSBK World Champion Max Biaggi
The Principality of Monaco was the setting of this year’s prestigious FIM Awards ceremony with the beautiful Sporting Monte-Carlo venue and its breathtaking views on Europe’s most famous bay having the honour to host almost six hundred guests including motorcycling legends, manufacturers and team representatives, various members of the FIM, championship promoters, representatives of the national federations and, of course, the 2019 FIM World Championships.

After another record-breaking season, that saw him become the most successful rider in WorldSBK, Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) collected his fifth consecutive medal in front of the world’s motorcycling elite. Alongside Rea, on the red carpet and then on stage to receive his medal was 2019 World Supersport World Champion Randy Krummenacher (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team).

Following a full year of battles, Krummenacher took the honour at the final round of the 2019 season in Qatar entering the history books as the first-ever Swiss champion in WorldSSP.  It was a history-making 2019 also for Spanish rider Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) that became the youngest World Champion in history after clinching the 2019 World Supersport 300 World Title. Gonzalez also attended the awards with Rea and Krummenacher to collect his medal in front of the world’s best.

The three WorldSBK World Champions were awarded and presented by motorcycling legend and two-time World Superbike World Champion Max Biaggi. Amongst others present were Moto2™ World Champion Alex Marquez, who also took his second world title and Moto3™ World Champion Lorenzo Dalla Porta. 

After the final toast, thoughts are now turning to 2020, as WorldSBK will welcome plenty of new faces, illustrious returns and the reigning World Champions heading into the new season with the pressure to defend their crowns.

Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) stands proud with his fifth medal after clinching a record-breaking fifth consecutive WorldSBK title in 2019
L-R: Randy Krummenacher (BARDAHL Evan. Bros WorldSSP Team), first-ever Swiss WorldSSP World Champion. Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team), 2019 WorldSSP300 World Champion, the youngest World Champion in history 
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Wednesday, 04 December 2019
MotoGP™ is more than horsepower, overtakes and some of the closest racing on Earth. It’s more than machine. And now, fans can see behind the visor of the men who wrestle those machines around some of the world’s greatest racetracks to see what life is really like behind the scenes. Off The Racing Line is a whole new documentary series showcasing the human side of the world’s fastest motorcycle racing Championship, and the first episode is available now.

On track, MotoGP™ is covered from every angle. But what about off track? Home life, training, their journey to the top…Off The Racing Line lets you get to know the riders as you’ve never seen them before. Miguel Oliveira is the focus of the first 20-minute episode of the documentary as we head for Almada, Portugal, where his journey to the pinnacle of motorcycle racing began.

Nearly two decades since Oliveira’s father, Paulo, first bought the now-Red Bull KTM Tech 3 MotoGP™ rider his first motorcycle, we speak to Miguel, Paulo and his family in-depth about the 12-time Grand Prix race winner’s career so far. And Oliveira isn’t just your typical MotoGP™ rider, as we learn more about how he’s learning to become a dentist, in addition to the Oliveira Cup that he and his father have set up to try and help other young Portuguese riders to follow in the footsteps of their most successful two-wheeled export so far.
Off The Racing Line will visit Jack Miller for Episode 2. Stay tuned for that and in future as we get to know more riders behind the visor as the series goes on!

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Ook vandaag zondag 1 Oktober werd het evenement druk bezocht. De tweede British Superbike race op het TT Circuit Assen werd zondagmiddag gewonnen door Sylvain Guintoli. Fotograaf Raoul la Crois maakte de volgende prachtige beelden.

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Dit weekend is het weer zover, de MXGP van Assen. Fotograaf Gino Wiemann maakte de volgende mooie foto’s voor Photo.nu afgelopen zaterdag 9 September.

 

© Photo.nu – Gino Wiemann Fotografie

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Assen, 26 juni 2016

De Australiër Jack Miller heeft de MotoGP van Assen gewonnen na een herstart. Dit omdat na 14 ronden de rode vlag werd gegeven door de vele regen wat er viel die dag. De baan veranderde in een kleine rivier. Na de break kwam o.a. Valentino Rossi al gauw ten val. Hierdoor schoof Marc Marquez een plaats op en eindigde die dag 2e. De 3e plek ging naar Scott Redding uit Engeland.

1. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)
2. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V)
3. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15)
4. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)
5. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP)

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