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Tribute to Barry Sheene

138 Tribute to Barry Sheene Geplaatst op: 2005-07-06 10:52:06   Hits: 597

Barry Sheene, one of the world’s top motorcycle roadracers of the 1970s and ‘80s, died March 10th from cancer. Sheene raced primarily on the Grand Prix circuit in Europe, but he did race in the United States a few times. In 1974 he raced in the Daytona 200 for Suzuki. He led such legendary names as Kenny Roberts, Giacomo Agostini, Gary Nixon and others, but his engine broke after 25 laps. He came back for another try in 1975, but crashed in practice when a tire blew out on the front straightaway at 175 miles an hour. He suffered serious injuries in the crash, but returned to Daytona the next year, only to drop out early yet again with motor problems. He did go on to win the 500cc World Championship that year, and again in 1977.

Barry was a native of England, but later relocated his family to Australia which is where he died. He had a very flamboyant personality and was friends with Beatles Ringo Starr and George Harrison. In 1978 he received the prestigious Member of the British Empire award from the Queen of England.
He is survived by wife Stephanie and two children, Sidonie, 17, and Freddie, 13.
Godspeed Barry

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