Motorcycle Racing in History

Events in Sport

  • 1903-09-07 Federation of American Motorcyclists organized in NY
  • 2003-08-16 U.S. Representative from South Dakota Bill Janklow hits and kills a motorcyclist with his car at a rural intersection near Trent, South Dakota; he will eventually be convicted of manslaughter and will resign from Congress.
  • 2013-11-10 Spaniard Marc Márquez wins the 2013 MotoGP World Championship to become its youngest ever winner at 20

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1899-03-25 Burt Munro, New Zealand motorcycle racer (d. 1978)
  • 1922-04-29 Helmut Krackowizer, Austrian motorcyclist (d. 2001)
  • 1926-03-12 Freddie Williams, Welsh motorcycle speedway rider (world champion, 1950, 1952), born in Port Talbot, Wales (d. 2013)
  • 1934-02-11 John Surtees, British F1 driver (1964 Championship) and motorcyclist (7 world championships), born in Tatsfield (d. 2017)
  • 1940-01-29 Kunimitsu Takahashi, Japanese motorcycle racer and racing driver
  • 1947-01-25 Ángel Nieto, Spanish motorcycle racer
  • 1952-02-25 Joey Dunlop, Irish motorcycle racer (d. 2000)
  • 1952-04-04 Gregg Hansford, Australian motorcycle and car racer (d. 1995)
  • 1959-11-09 Sito Pons, Spanish motorbike racer
  • 1960-10-23 Wayne Rainey, American motorcyclist
  • 1964-06-20 Pierfrancesco Chili, Italian motorcycle racer
  • 1965-06-04 Mick Doohan, Australian motorcycle racer
  • 1966-12-07 Shinichi Itoh, Japanese motorcycle racer
  • 1969-12-06 Wayne Smith - Motorcycle racer
  • 1971-06-26 Max Biaggi, Italian motorcycle racer
  • 1971-11-19 Jeremy McGrath, American motorcycle racer
  • 1972-09-18 David Jefferies, British motorcycle racer (d. 2003)
  • 1973-04-04 Loris Capirossi, Italian motorcycle racer
  • 1973-08-29 Olivier Jacque, motorcyclist
  • 1976-07-04 Daijiro Kato, Japanese motorcycle racer (d. 2003)
  • 1976-10-07 Marc Coma, Spanish motorcycle racer
  • 1977-02-14 Elmer Symons, South African motorcycle racer (d. 2007)
  • 1979-02-16 Valentino Rossi, Italian motorcycle racer
  • 1981-07-30 Nicky Hayden, American motorcycle racer (MotoGP Champion 2006), born in Owensboro, Kentucky (d. 2017)
  • 1982-11-08 Mika Kallio, Finnish Grand Prix motorcycle racer
  • 1984-11-21 Álvaro Bautista, Spanish motorcycle racer
  • 1985-10-16 Casey Stoner, Australian motorcycle racer and 2007 MotoGP World Champion
  • 1985-12-21 James Stewart Jr., American motorcycle racer
  • 1986-03-23 Andrea Dovizioso, Italian motorcycle racer
  • 1987-05-04 Jorge Lorenzo, Spanish motorcycle racer

Weddings in Sport

  • 2007-04-14 Supermodel Esther Canadas (30) weds MotoGP rider Sete Gibernau (34) in Spain

Deaths in Sport

  • 1973-05-20 Jarno Saarinen, Finnish motorcycle racer (b. 1945)
  • 1978-01-06 Burt Munro, New Zealand motorcycle racer (b. 1899)
  • 1995-07-21 Jon Boulle, motorcyclist, dies at 59
  • 2000-07-02 Joey Dunlop, Irish motorcycle racer (b. 1952)
  • 2001-10-22 Prof. Dr. Dkfm. Helmut Krackowizer, journalist and motorcycle racer (b. 1922)
  • 2003-03-10 Barry Sheene, British motorcycle racer (b. 1950)
  • 2003-04-20 Daijiro Kato, Japanese motorcycle racer (b. 1976)
  • 2003-05-29 David Jefferies, British motorcycle racer (b. 1972)
  • 2004-09-29 Richard Sainct, French motorcycle rally rider, dies in a crash at 44
  • 2005-01-11 Fabrizio Meoni, Italian motorcyclist (b. 1957)
  • 2006-01-09 Andy Caldecott, Australian motorcycle racer (b. 1964)
  • 2007-01-09 Elmer Symons, South African motorcycle racer (b. 1977)
  • 2007-10-07 Norifumi Abe, Japanese motorcycle racer (b. 1975)
  • 2008-05-15 Robert Dunlop, Northern Irish motorcycle racer, younger brother of Joey Dunlop, dies after a crash at 47
  • 2008-08-04 Craig Jones, English motorcycle racer. (b. 1985)
  • 2010-09-05 Shoya Tomizawa Japanese MotoGP Racer (b. 1990)
  • 2011-10-23 Marco Simoncelli, Italian motorcycle racer (b. 1987)
  • 2013-01-20 Freddie Williams, Welsh motorcycle speedway champion, dies at 86
  • 2017-03-10 John Surtees, British F1 driver (1964 Championship) and motorcyclist (7 world championships), dies at 83
  • 2017-05-22 Nicky Hayden, American motorcycle racer (MotoGP Champion 2006), dies after being hit by a car at 35