Motorcycle Racers

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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 1 Valentino Rossi

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Famous As: Italian motorcycle road racer
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.

 2 Marc Márquez

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Famous As: Motorcycle Racer
Birthdate: February 17, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cervera, Lleida, Catalonia, 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.

 3 Carey Hart

Carey Hart
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Famous As: Motorcycle racer
Birthdate: July 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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. 

 4 Keith Flint

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Famous As: Singer, Dancer, Motorcycle racer
Birthdate: September 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Redbridge, London, England
Died: March 4, 2019
Keith Flint, founding member of the electronic dance group The Prodigy, has delivered international hits such as Firestarter and Breathe. He later led the band Flint. He also owned a motorcycle racing team that became Isle of Man TT champions four times. He is known for his tattoos and piercings.

 5 Guy Martin

Guy Martin
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Famous As: Motorcycle Racer
Birthdate: November 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Grimsby, Lincolnshire

 6 Dave Mirra

Dave Mirra
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Famous As: Extreme sports athlete
Birthdate: April 4, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, USA
Died: February 4, 2016

Dave Mirra was an American BMX rider who set the X Games record for most medals won in BMX Freestyle. He was also a rallycross racer, competing alongside the Subaru Rally Team USA for many years. Dave Mirra committed suicide in 2016. Later that year, he was inducted into the BMX Hall of Fame.

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 7 Bruce McLaren

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Famous As: Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver
Birthdate: August 30, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Greater Auckland
Died: June 2, 1970
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 8 Nicky Hayden

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Famous As: Motorcycle racer
Birthdate: July 30, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Owensboro, Kentucky, USA
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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 9 Travis Pastrana

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Famous As: Stunt Performer, Motorcycle Racer
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.

 10 Jorge Lorenzo

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Famous As: Motorcycle Racer
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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 11 Dan Wheldon

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Famous As: Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver
Birthdate: June 22, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Emberton
Died: October 16, 2011

 12 Burt Munro

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Famous As: Motorcycle Racer
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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 13 Casey Stoner

Casey Stoner
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Famous As: Motorcycle racer, Racing driver
Birthdate: October 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

 14 Barry Sheene

Barry Sheene
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Famous As: Motorcycle racer
Birthdate: September 11, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 10, 2003
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 15 Marco Simoncelli

Marco Simoncelli
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Famous As: Motorcycle racer
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.

 16 Joey Dunlop

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Famous As: Motorcycle racer
Birthdate: February 25, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Armoy, Northern Ireland
Died: July 2, 2000
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 17 John Surtees

John Surtees
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Famous As: Formula One driver, Motorcycle racer, Manager
Birthdate: February 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tatsfield
Died: March 10, 2017

 18 Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa
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Famous As: Motorcycle racer
Birthdate: September 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sabadell
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 19 Carl Fogarty

Carl Fogarty
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Famous As: Motorcycle Racers
Birthdate: July 1, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Blackburn, Lancashire, England, UK

 20 Adam Petty

Adam Petty
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Famous As: Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver
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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 21 Jacky Ickx

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Famous As: Formula One driver, Rally driver, Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver
Birthdate: January 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brussels

 22 Tom Pryce

Tom Pryce
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Famous As: Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver
Birthdate: June 11, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ruthin
Died: March 5, 1977
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 23 James Stewart Jr.

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Famous As: Motorcycle racer
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.

 24 Jonathan Rea

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Famous As: Motorcycle racer
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.

 25 James Toseland

James Toseland
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Famous As: Motorcycle racer, Pianist
Birthdate: October 5, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sheffield

 26 Andrea Dovizioso

Andrea Dovizioso
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Famous As: Motorcycle racer
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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 27 Giacomo Agostini

Giacomo Agostini
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Famous As: Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver
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.  

 28 Glenn Curtiss

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Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: May 21, 1878
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hammondsport, New York, United States
Died: July 23, 1930

Glenn Curtiss was an American motorcycling and aviation pioneer. He is credited with founding the U.S. aircraft industry. He is also credited with forming the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company which merged with the Wright Aeronautical to form Curtiss-Wright Corporation in 1929. Glenn Curtiss’ company played a major role in the years leading up to the First World War.

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 29 Mike Hailwood

Mike Hailwood
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Famous As: Formula One driver, Motorcycle racer
Birthdate: April 2, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Birmingham
Died: March 23, 1981

 30 Mick Doohan

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Famous As: Former Grand Prix motorcycle road racing World Champion
Birthdate: June 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gold Coast, Australia
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 31 Michael Doohan

Michael Doohan
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Famous As: Motorcycle racer
Birthdate: June 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia

 32 Max Biaggi

Max Biaggi
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Famous As: Motorcycle racer
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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 33 Lorenzo Bandini

Lorenzo Bandini
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Famous As: Former motor racing driver who raced in Formula One for the Scuderia Centro Sud and Ferrari teams
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.

 34 Mark Donohue

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Famous As: Formula One driver, Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver
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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 35 Roger Williamson

Roger Williamson
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Famous As: Formula One driver, Motorcycle racer
Birthdate: February 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ashby-de-la-Zouch
Died: July 29, 1973

 36 Elio de Angelis

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Famous As: Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver, Pianist
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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 37 Chad Reed

Chad Reed
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Famous As: Motocross rider
Birthdate: March 15, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kurri Kurri, Australia

 38 Henri Toivonen

Henri Toivonen
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Famous As: Rally driver, Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver
Birthdate: August 25, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jyväskylä
Died: May 2, 1986

 39 Kevin Schwantz

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Famous As: Former Motorcycle racer who was the world champion of the 1993 FIM Road Racing World Championship
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.

 40 Franco Morbidelli

Franco Morbidelli
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Famous As: Motorcycle rider
Birthdate: December 4, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

 41 Peter Revson

Peter Revson
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Famous As: Formula One driver, Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver
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.

 42 Daijiro Kato

Daijiro Kato
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Famous As: Motorcycle racer
Birthdate: July 4, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saitama
Died: April 20, 2003

 43 Aleix Espargaró

Aleix Espargaró
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Famous As: Motorcycle racer
Birthdate: July 30, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Granollers

 44 Pol Espargaró

Pol Espargaró
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Famous As: Grand Prix motorcycle racer best known for winning the 2013 Moto2 World Championship
Birthdate: June 10, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Granollers, Spain

 45 Tazio Nuvolari

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Famous As: Racing Driver
Birthdate: November 16, 1892
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Castel d’Ario, Italy
Died: August 11, 1953

Tazio Nuvolari was an Italian racing driver who raced motorcycles before focusing on sports cars. Nicknamed The Flying Mantuan, Nuvolari won 150 races including 24 Grands Prix, two Mille Miglias, five Coppa Cianos, two RAC Tourist Trophies, and two Targa Florios. Widely regarded as one of the greatest racing drivers of all time, Nuvolari also won a European Drivers' Championship.

 46 William Kissam Vanderbilt II

William Kissam Vanderbilt II
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Famous As: Motor Racer, Sailor
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.

 47 Kenan Sofuoğlu

Kenan Sofuoğlu
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Famous As: Motorcycle racer
Birthdate: August 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kuzuluk, Akyazı, Sakarya Province, Turkey

 48 Jo Siffert

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Famous As: Racing driver, Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver
Birthdate: July 7, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fribourg
Died: October 24, 1971

 49 Marco Melandri

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Famous As: Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver
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.

 50 Eddie Lawson

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Famous As: Former four-time Grand Prix motorcycle racing World Champion
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.