Motorcycle Racers

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Motorcycle racing is one of the most exciting sports in the world, and motorcycle racers are not just admired but almost revered by their fans for taking up such a dare devil sport! The sport of racing motorcycles is one that requires the rider to be exceptionally alert and attentive as every second counts. A small mistake doesn’t just mean the difference between a win and loss, but could every well mark the difference between life and death. The major categories of motorcycle racing are road racing, off road racing and track racing. Some of the other categories are drag racing and hill climbs. Due to the excitement it offers, motorcycle racing is a popular sport that attracts people of all ages though only a few actually have the skills, capability and the resources to become a professional racer. Motorcycle racing is one of the deadliest sports ever with several motorcyclists all over the world dying in accidents but that doesn’t seem to take away the thrills this sport brings! This section provides you information about the life and works of various famous motorcycle racers from all over the world.

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Valentino Rossi
(Italian motorcycle road racer)
Valentino Rossi
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Birthdate: February 16, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tavullia, Italy

Valentino Rossi is an Italian motorcycle road racer. Having won nine Grand Prix World Championships, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest motorcycle racers ever. Apart from being a famous racer, Valentino Rossi also owns the Sky Racing Team VR46, which competes in the Moto3 and Moto2 classes.

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Carey Hart
(American Professional Motorcyclist and the First to Perform a Back Flip on a 250cc Motorcycle)
Carey Hart
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Birthdate: July 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Seal Beach, California, United States

Carey Hart is an American retired motorcycle racer and freestyle motocross competitor. Hart achieved popularity when he became the first motorcyclist to successfully execute a backflip maneuver during a competition on a 250cc motorcycle. He currently competes in off-road racing. Carey Hart is also known for founding the Hart & Huntington Tattoo & Clothing Company. 

 3 
Marc Márquez
(Spanish Professional Grand Prix Motorcycle Road Racer)
Marc Márquez
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Birthdate: February 17, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cervera, Spain

Marc Márquez is a Spanish professional road racer best known for his association with Repsol Honda. Having won eight Grand Prix World Championships so far, Márquez is counted among the most successful motorcycle racers in the history of motorcycle racing. The most successful and popular Spanish rider in MotoGP history, Márquez is also counted among the greatest innovators of MotoGP.

 4 
Guy Martin
(Motorcycle Racer)
Guy Martin
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Birthdate: November 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Grimsby, Lincolnshire
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Bruce McLaren
(Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver)
Bruce McLaren
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Birthdate: August 30, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Greater Auckland
Died: June 2, 1970

Bruce McLaren was a New Zealand engineer, inventor, racing car designer, and driver. He is credited with founding McLaren Automotive in 1963. Formula One's successful team, McLaren, is named after him. McLaren has been inducted into various halls of fame, including the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame, Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, and International Motorsports Hall of Fame.

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Nicky Hayden
(American Professional Motorcycle Racer)
Nicky Hayden
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Birthdate: July 30, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Owensboro, Kentucky, United States
Died: May 22, 2017

Nicky Hayden was an American motorcycle racer best remembered for winning the 2006 MotoGP World Championship by breaking Valentino Rossi's five-year streak. Hayden met with an accident while riding his bicycle in 2017 in Italy and died of traumatic brain injury at the age of 35. In 2018, he was inducted posthumously into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

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Travis Pastrana
(American Professional Motorsports Competitor Known for His Racing Series 'Nitro Rallycross')
Travis Pastrana
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Birthdate: October 8, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Annapolis, Maryland, United States

Motorsports competitor and stunt artist Travis Pastrana has won several X Games gold medals, in categories such as motocross, supercross, and freestyle motocross. He launched a reality show called Nitro Circus, which later became a media company. He also hosts and extreme sports event and has been part of NASCAR.

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Jorge Lorenzo
(Motorcycle Racer)
Jorge Lorenzo
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Birthdate: May 4, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Palma, Spain

Jorge Lorenzo is a Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle racer. He is the winner of the 2010, 2012, and 2015 MotoGP World Championships. Previously, he had won the 2006 and 2007 250 cc World Championships. In the late 2010s, he suffered from multiple injuries and announced his retirement from road racing competition in 2019.

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Dan Wheldon
(British Racing Driver & 'Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame' Inductee)
Dan Wheldon
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Birthdate: June 22, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Emberton
Died: October 16, 2011

Dan Wheldon was a British racing driver best remembered for winning the IndyCar Series Drivers' Championship title in 2005 for Andretti Green Racing (AGR). He is also remembered for winning the Indianapolis 500 twice. Dan Wheldon was killed at the age of 33 while competing in the 2011 IZOD IndyCar World Championship when his car collided with a fence post.

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Burt Munro
(New Zealand Motorcycle Racer Who Set an Under-1,000 CC World Record)
Burt Munro
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Birthdate: March 25, 1899
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Invercargill, New Zealand
Died: January 6, 1978

New Zealand motorcyclist Burt Munro made three world records, traveling in his Indian motorcycle from New Zealand to the Bonneville Salt Flats in the U.S., and the one made in 1967 still remains unbroken. The 2005 film The World's Fastest Indian, based on his life, featured Anthony Hopkins as Munro.

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Barry Sheene
(Motorcycle racer)
Barry Sheene
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Birthdate: September 11, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 10, 2003
 12 
Casey Stoner
(Motorcycle racer, Racing driver)
Casey Stoner
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Birthdate: October 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
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Marco Simoncelli
(Motorcycle racer)
Marco Simoncelli
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Birthdate: January 20, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cattolica
Died: October 23, 2011

Marco Simoncelli was an Italian motorcycle racer. From 2002 to 2011, Simoncelli competed in the Grand Prix motorcycle racing and won the 2008 Grand Prix Championship. While competing in the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix on 23 October, Simoncelli lost control over his motorcycle and was run over by other vehicles on the track. He died of wounds at age 24.

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Dani Pedrosa
(Motorcycle racer)
Dani Pedrosa
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Birthdate: September 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sabadell
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Joey Dunlop
(Motorcycle racer)
Joey Dunlop
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Birthdate: February 25, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Armoy, Northern Ireland
Died: July 2, 2000
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Carl Fogarty
(Motorcycle Racers)
Carl Fogarty
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Birthdate: July 1, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Blackburn, Lancashire, England, UK
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John Surtees
(British Motorcycle Road Racer and Racecar Driver)
John Surtees
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Birthdate: February 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tatsfield
Died: March 10, 2017

John Surtees was a British motorcycle road racer and racecar driver. He won the Grand Prix motorcycle World Championship title on seven occasions and the 1964 F1 World Championship title, becoming the first person to win World Championships on both four and two wheels.

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Jacky Ickx
(Belgian Retired Racing Driver)
Jacky Ickx
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Birthdate: January 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brussels
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Tom Pryce
(Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver)
Tom Pryce
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Birthdate: June 11, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ruthin
Died: March 5, 1977
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Adam Petty
(Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver)
Adam Petty
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Birthdate: July 10, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Trenton
Died: May 12, 2000

Adam Petty was an American racing driver best remembered for his association with NASCAR racing. Born into the famous Petty family of racers, Adam Petty was a fourth-generation racer in the NASCAR racing scene. Adam died at the age of 19 when his car hit the outside wall during a practice session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in May 2000.

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Jonathan Rea
(Motorcycle racer)
Jonathan Rea
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Birthdate: February 2, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ballymena

Northern Irish motorcycle racer Jonathan Rea began his career with motocross and then switched to circuit racing later. He made history when he became the first racer to win six WorldSBK titles, that too, back-to-back. He earned the second place in the 2017 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award race.

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Giacomo Agostini
(Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver)
Giacomo Agostini
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Birthdate: June 16, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brescia

Giacomo Agostini is an Italian world champion Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. He amassed 122 Grand Prix wins and 15 World Championship titles in a career spanning 17 years. Industry experts consider him one of the greatest Grand Prix riders of all time. In 2010, he was named an FIM Legend for his motorcycling achievements.  

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James Stewart Jr.
(Motorcycle racer)
James Stewart Jr.
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Birthdate: December 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bartow, Florida, United States

James Stewart Jr. is an American retired motocross racer best known for competing in the AMA Supercross Championships as well as the AMA Motocross. Over the course of his racing career, James became renowned for his speed, innovation, and athleticism which earned him the moniker The Fastest Man on The Planet.

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Andrea Dovizioso
(Motorcycle racer)
Andrea Dovizioso
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Birthdate: March 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Forlimpopoli

Andrea Dovizioso is a motorcycle racer who won the 125cc World Championship title at the 2004 Grand Prix. With 62 MotoGP podiums and 15 victories, Dovizioso is one of the most eminent MotoGP riders of the modern era. He is the only racer to win a MotoGP race in three separate decades, having won races in 2000s, 2010s, and 2020s.

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Mike Hailwood
(One of the Few Men to Participate at Grand Prix Level in Both Car and Motorcycle Racing)
Mike Hailwood
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Birthdate: April 2, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Birmingham
Died: March 23, 1981
Counted among the greatest racers of all time, Mike Hailwood was one of the few men to participate at Grand Prix level in both car and motorcycle racing. A nine-time world champion, Mike Hailwood also won 76 Grand Prix races in his motorcycle racing career. In 2001, he was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
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Mick Doohan
(Former Grand Prix motorcycle road racing World Champion)
Mick Doohan
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Birthdate: June 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gold Coast, Australia
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Michael Doohan
(Motorcycle racer)
Michael Doohan
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Birthdate: June 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia
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Max Biaggi
(Motorcycle racer)
Max Biaggi
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Birthdate: June 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rome

Max Biaggi is an Italian retired professional Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. He is a former racing world champion who won the 2010 and 2012 World Superbike Championship. He also won the 250cc World Championship four consecutive times. His brilliant racing career earned him the nicknames 'il Corsaro' ('the Corsair') and 'the Roman Emperor.' 

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James Toseland
(Motorcycle racer, Pianist)
James Toseland
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Birthdate: October 5, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sheffield
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Lorenzo Bandini
(Former motor racing driver who raced in Formula One for the Scuderia Centro Sud and Ferrari teams)
Lorenzo Bandini
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Birthdate: December 21, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Al Marj, Libya
Died: May 10, 1967

Formula One racer Lorenzo Bandini had started his career as an apprentice mechanic at 15, after his father’s death, and gradually began racing motorcycles and then moved on to cars. He sustained deadly injuries at a horrific car crash during the 1967 Monaco Grand Prix, and died three days later.

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Henri Toivonen
(Finnish Rally Driver Who Became the Youngest Driver Ever to Become the World Rally Champion)
Henri Toivonen
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Birthdate: August 25, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jyväskylä
Died: May 2, 1986

Henri Toivonen was a Finnish rally driver who became the youngest driver ever to become the World Rally Champion in 1980. The record was later broken by his countryman Jari-Matti Latvala in 2008. Henri Toivonen is also known as the son of Pauli Toivonen, who won the 1968 European Rally Championship title.

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Mark Donohue
(Formula One driver, Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver)
Mark Donohue
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Birthdate: March 18, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Summit
Died: August 19, 1975

Also known by monikers such as Captain Nice, Mark Donohue was not just a skilled race-car driver but also a qualified engineer. A major force behind the Penske Racing team during he 1960s and the 1970s, he is remembered for his win at the Indianapolis 500 event.

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Roger Williamson
(British Racing Driver and 'Formula Three' Champion)
Roger Williamson
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Birthdate: February 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ashby-de-la-Zouch
Died: July 29, 1973

Roger Williamson was a British racing driver best remembered for winning the British Formula Three Championship title twice. Williamson died at the age of 25 while competing in his second F1 race during the 1973 Dutch Grand Prix in the Netherlands.

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Elio de Angelis
(Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver, Pianist)
Elio de Angelis
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Birthdate: March 26, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rome
Died: May 15, 1986

Born into an affluent Roman family, Elio de Angelis joined the Formula One scene with the Shadow team. He was also a talented pianist. Unfortunately, he lost his life in a fiery accident at the Paul Ricard Circuit in 1986, sparking debates about race car safety standards.

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Chad Reed
(Motocross rider)
Chad Reed
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Birthdate: March 15, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kurri Kurri, Australia
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Franco Morbidelli
(Motorcycle rider)
Franco Morbidelli
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Birthdate: December 4, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
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Peter Revson
(Formula One driver, Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver)
Peter Revson
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Birthdate: February 27, 1939
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City
Died: March 22, 1974

Born into a family of entrepreneurs that established the cosmetic brand Revlon, Peter Revson surprisingly ditched the life of luxury and stepped into the world of racing instead. Popularly known as the American Racing Hero in Formula One, he died in a car testing accident at age 35.

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Daijiro Kato
(Motorcycle racer)
Daijiro Kato
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Birthdate: July 4, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saitama
Died: April 20, 2003
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William Kissam Vanderbilt II
(Motor Racer, Sailor)
William Kissam Vanderbilt II
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Birthdate: October 26, 1878
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: January 8, 1944

William Kissam Vanderbilt II was an American yachtsman and motor racing enthusiast. Born into the popular Vanderbilt family, William developed an interest in yachting and horse racing. He participated in yacht racing in 1900 and won the Sir Thomas Lipton Cup. A racing enthusiast, William owned many fast cars and launched an international auto racing event called the Vanderbilt Cup.

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Kevin Schwantz
(Former Motorcycle racer who was the world champion of the 1993 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
Kevin Schwantz
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Birthdate: June 19, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

Former motorcycle road racer Kevin Schwantz began his competitive career as a trials rider, gradually progressing to motorcross before taking up road racing, eventually accumulating 25 wins in the Grand Prix Motorcycle racing. Naturally talented, but highly aggressive, he became second most successful American road racer; but was forced to early retirement due to accumulated injuries incurred throughout his career.

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Pol Espargaró
(Grand Prix motorcycle racer best known for winning the 2013 Moto2 World Championship)
Pol Espargaró
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Birthdate: June 10, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Granollers, Spain
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Kenan Sofuoğlu
(Motorcycle racer)
Kenan Sofuoğlu
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Birthdate: August 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kuzuluk, Akyazı, Sakarya Province, Turkey
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Aleix Espargaró
(Motorcycle racer)
Aleix Espargaró
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Birthdate: July 30, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Granollers
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Marco Melandri
(Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver)
Marco Melandri
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Birthdate: August 7, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ravenna

Marco Melandri is an Italian former motorcycle road racer who won the 2002 250 cc World Championship title. He also won MotoGP races in 2005 and 2006 before competing in Superbike World Championship in 2011. Although he retired from racing after taking part in the Superbike World Championship in 2019, Marco Melandri made a brief return in 2020.

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Jo Siffert
(Racing driver, Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver)
Jo Siffert
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Birthdate: July 7, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fribourg
Died: October 24, 1971
 46 
Eddie Lawson
(Former four-time Grand Prix motorcycle racing World Champion)
Eddie Lawson
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Birthdate: March 11, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Upland, California, United States

Eddie Lawson is a retired Grand Prix motorcycle racer who was a four-time Grand Prix World Champion. His record of consistently finishing in the points and not crashing earned him the sobriquet Steady Eddie. In 1999, he was made an inducted of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame. In 2002, he was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

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Shoya Tomizawa
(Motorcycle racer)
Shoya Tomizawa
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Birthdate: December 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Asahi
Died: September 5, 2010
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Conor Cummins
(Motorcycle rider)
Conor Cummins
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Birthdate: May 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Douglas, Isle of Man
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Tom Sykes
(Motorcycle racer)
Tom Sykes
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Birthdate: August 19, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Huddersfield

British motorcycle racer Tom Sykes began his career with the British Supersport Championship. He later represented WorldSBK and Kawasaki, and eventually moved on to the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK team in 2019. He was inspired to join motorcycle racing by his grandfather, who lent him his 600cc Ninja for weekend races.

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Dan Kneen
(Motorcycle rider)
Dan Kneen
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Birthdate: June 26, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Douglas, Isle of Man
Died: May 30, 2018