Motorcycle Racing in History

Events in Sport

  • 1903-09-07 Federation of American Motorcyclists organized in NY
  • 1998-10-04 Australian motorcycle racer Mick Doohan wins the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island to clinch his 5th world 500cc championship; all 5 titles are won with Honda
  • 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)
  • 1912-01-18 Wilhelm Herz, German motorcycle racer (first to 200mph), born in Lampertheim, Germany (d. 1998)
  • 1922-04-29 Helmut Krackowizer, Austrian motorcyclist (d. 2001)
  • 1923-03-29 Geoff Duke, English motorcycle racer (world 500cc champion 1951, 1953-55), born St. Helens, England (d.2015)
  • 1925-10-02 Paul Goldsmith, American auto and motorcycle racer (USAC stock car champion 1961-62; 127 NASCAR starts, 9 wins), born in Parkersburg, West Virginia
  • 1926-03-12 Freddie Williams, Welsh motorcycle speedway rider (world champion, 1950, 1952), born in Port Talbot, Wales (d. 2013)
  • 1933-05-29 Tarquinio Provini, Italian motorcycle road racer (2-time world champion 1957-58), born in Roveleto di Cadeo, Emilia-Romagna (d. 2005)
  • 1934-02-11 John Surtees CBE, British auto racer (World F1 C'ship 1964) and motorcycle racer (World C'ships: 350 cc – 1958, 59, 60; 500 cc – 1956, 58, 59, 60), born in Tatsfield, England (d. 2017)
  • 1939-01-01 Phil Read, MBE, English motorcycle road racer (first winner world championships in 125cc [1968], 250cc [1964-65, 68, 71] and 500 cc [1973-74] classes), born in Luton, England
  • 1940-01-29 Kunimitsu Takahashi, Japanese motorcycle racer and racing driver
  • 1940-04-02 Mike Hailwood, MBE GM, British motorcycle road racer (World C'ships: 250cc – 1961, 66, 67; 350cc – 1966, 67; 500cc –1962, 63, 64, 65; 76 Grand Prix wins), born in Great Milton, England (d. 1981)
  • 1941-09-24 Tony Rutter, British motorcycle road racer (Formula Two World C'ship 1981-84; 7 x Isle of Man TT Races), born in Wordsley, England (d. 2020)
  • 1947-01-25 Ángel Nieto, Spanish motorcycle racer, born in Zamora, Spain (d. 2017)
  • 1950-09-11 Barry Sheene, British motorcycle racer, born in London (d. 2003)
  • 1952-02-25 Joey Dunlop, Irish motorcycle racer (d. 2000)
  • 1952-04-04 Gregg Hansford, Australian motorcycle and touring car racer, born in Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1959-11-09 Sito Pons, Spanish motorbike racer, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1960-10-23 Wayne Rainey, American motorcyclist
  • 1963-12-01 Marco Greco, Brazilian motorcycle road racer and auto racer (Indy Racing League 3rd 1996-97), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1964-06-20 Pierfrancesco Chili, Italian motorcycle racer
  • 1965-06-04 Mick Doohan, Australian motorcycle racer (5-time 500cc world champion), born in Gold Coast, Queensland
  • 1965-07-01 Carl Fogarty, English motorbike racer (4x World Superbike champion), born in Blackburn, Lancashire
  • 1966-12-07 Shinichi Itoh, Japanese motorcycle racer, born in Kakuda, Miyagi, Japan
  • 1971-06-26 Max Biaggi, Italian Grand Prix motorcycle racer, born in Rome, Italy
  • 1971-11-19 Jeremy McGrath, American motorcycle racer
  • 1972-09-18 David Jefferies, British motorcycle racer, born in Shipley, West Yorkshire, England (d. 2003)
  • 1973-04-04 Loris Capirossi, Italian Grand Prix motorcycle racer, born in Castel San Pietro Terme, Italy
  • 1973-08-29 Olivier Jacque, French motorcyclist, born in Villerupt, France
  • 1975-09-07 Norifumi Abe, Japanese motorcycle road racer (3 x 500cc wins), born in Setagaya, Japan (d. 2007)
  • 1976-07-04 Daijiro Kato, Japanese motorcycle racer, born in Saitama, Japan (d. 2003)
  • 1976-10-07 Marc Coma, Spanish motorcycle racer, born in Avià, Spain
  • 1977-02-14 Elmer Symons, South African motorcycle racer, born in Ladysmith, South Africa (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, born in Valkeakoski, Finland
  • 1984-11-21 Álvaro Bautista, Spanish motorcycle racer (125cc World Champion 2006), born in Talavera de la Reina, Spain
  • 1985-10-16 Casey Stoner, Australian motorcycle racer and 2007 MotoGP World Champion
  • 1985-12-21 Bubba Stewart, American motocross racer (FIM World Supercross Champion 2009; FIM World Supercross GP Champion 2006, 07), born in Bartow, Florida
  • 1986-03-23 Andrea Dovizioso, Italian motorcycle racer
  • 1987-01-20 Marco Simoncelli, Italian motorcycle racer (250cc World Championship 2008), born in Cattolica, Italy (d. 2011)
  • 1987-05-04 Jorge Lorenzo, Spanish motorcycle racer (MotoGP World Champion 2010, 12, 15; 250cc World Champion 2006-07), born in Palma, Majorca, Spain

Weddings in Sport

  • 2005-10-27 Grand Prix motorcycle road racer Fonsi Nieto (27) weds model Ariadne Artiles at Iglesia de San Miguel in Ibiza
  • 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, dies at 78 (b. 1899)
  • 1981-03-23 Mike Hailwood, MBE GM, British motorcycle road racer (World C'ships: 250cc – 1961, 66, 67; 350cc – 1966, 67; 500cc –1962, 63, 64, 65; 76 Grand Prix wins), dies in a car accident at 40
  • 1995-07-21 Jon Boulle, motorcyclist, dies at 59
  • 1998-01-05 Wilhelm Herz, German motorcycle racer (first to 200mph), dies at 85
  • 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, dies at 52
  • 2003-04-20 Daijiro Kato, Japanese motorcycle racer (b. 1976)
  • 2003-05-29 David Jefferies, British motorcycle racer, dies at 30
  • 2004-09-29 Richard Sainct, French motorcycle rally rider, dies in a crash at 44
  • 2005-01-06 Tarquinio Provini, Italian motorcycle road racer (2-time world champion 1957-58), dies at 71
  • 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 road racer, dies in road accident at 32
  • 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 (250cc World Championship 2008), dies in a track accident at 24
  • 2013-01-20 Freddie Williams, Welsh motorcycle speedway champion, dies at 86
  • 2015-05-01 Geoff Duke, English motorcycle racer (world 500cc champion 1951, 1953-55), dies at 92
  • 2017-03-10 John Surtees CBE, British auto racer (World F1 C'ship 1964) and motorcycle racer (World C'ships: 350 cc – 1958, 59, 60; 500 cc – 1956, 58, 59, 60), dies of respiratory failure at 83
  • 2017-05-22 Nicky Hayden, American motorcycle racer (MotoGP Champion 2006), dies after being hit by a car at 35
  • 2020-03-24 Tony Rutter, British motorcycle road racer (Formula Two World C'ship 1981-84; 7 x Isle of Man TT Races), dies at 78