Category Archives: In Memoriam

Omobono Tenni

Tommaso Omobono Tenni (July 24, 1905 – June 30, 1948) was an Italian motorcycle road racer. Nicknamed The Black Devil, he was a multiple Italian Motor Cycle champion, who raced to 47 victories for Moto Guzzi from 1933 till 1948, … Continue reading

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Tom Phillis – 125cc World Champion

Thomas Edward Phillis (9 April 1934 in Sydney – 6 June 1962) was a Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. In 1961, he won Honda’s first championship race when he took the 1961 125cc Spanish Grand Prix. He went on to … Continue reading

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Andrea Antonelli dies in a dreadful crash at Moscow’s World Superbikes round

Andrea Antonelli was tragically killed during the World Superbike round run in Moscow in extremely wet conditions. Andrea was thrown from his bike and flung violently off the track after being struck by Lorenzo Zanetti’s machine.  

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A.W.F. JOHNS – First rider to die on the Isle of man, post war.

A.W.F. JOHNS  (no pic available) – Manx Grand Prix – 26 Aug 1946. Arthur Johns entered the 1946 Senior race of the Manx Grand Prix with a 500 Norton. This was the first motorcycle event on the Isle of Man … Continue reading

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Santiago HERRERO – Ossa

Santiago HERRERO – Lightweight TT 1970, Isle of Man (pic here and here). Santiago Herrero (May 9, 1943 – June 10, 1970) was a Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. He was born in Madrid, Spain. At the age of 12 … Continue reading

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Ivan Palazzesse fatal crash – a tragic moment in GP racing

On the second lap of the 1989 Großer Preis von Deutschland for 250 cm3 motorcycles held at Hockenheim on 28 May 1989, while approaching the first lefthander of the Stadium section, Austrian rider Andreas Preining who was dicing for positions … Continue reading

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Two greats – Joey Dunlop and David Jeffries – RIP

William Joseph “Joey” Dunlop, OBE MBE (25 February 1952 – 2 July 2000), was a world champion motorcyclist from Ballymoney in Northern Ireland, best known for road racing. Referred to throughout the sport as “Joey”, in 2005 he was voted … Continue reading

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Isle of Man Memorial video

An innovative approach to remembering the fallen of the Isle of Man TT and manx GP

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Long Remembered – Racing Motorcyclists

Remembering fallen riders – lost in the pursuit of their sport. See motorcycle racing memoriam site here “There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games. If people bring so much courage to … Continue reading

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The Passing Parade – racing motorcyclists

Gone but not forgotten….. The Passing parade website – see here  Walter Handley, 4 time TT winner (Handley’s corner)  -  died1941 plane crash Stanley Woods 10 TT wins   –   died 1993 Alec Bennett 5 TT wins –  died1973 … Continue reading

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Ben Drinkwater – TT racer

Reuben Thomas ‘Ben’ Drinkwater (13 February 1910 – 9 June 1949) born in Rochdale, Lancashire, England a railway signalman and motor-cycle racer who competed in the Isle of Man TT Races and the Manx Grand Prix. After competing in the … Continue reading

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Isle of Man Tourist Trophy 1937: OMOBONO TENNI “THE BLACK DEVIL”

Tommaso Omobono Tenni – The highlight of his career was winning the Lightweight TT at the 1937 Isle of Man TT on a Moto guzzi, becoming the first Italian to win the TT. Tommaso was unfortunate to be the first … Continue reading

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Vale Marco Simoncelli

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Marco Simoncelli killed in Malaysian MotoGP

Italian MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli has died after a sickening crash which forced today’s Malaysian MotoGP to be cancelled four minutes after the race began. The crash occurred just minutes after the race began when the 24-year-old Honda rider’s bike … Continue reading

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In Memoriam – Peter Lenz

Peter Lenz (May 30, 1997 – August 29, 2010) was a nationally ranked American amateur motorcycle racer. Lenz was born in Orlando, Florida. He was a four-time international champion, five-time national champion and in 2009 started competing in 125GP racing. … Continue reading

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In Memoriam – Shoya Tomizawa

Shoya Tomizawa (born December 10, 1990 in Asahi City, Chiba; died September 5, 2010 in Riccione Italy). Shoya sadly passed away after a shocking crash in the San Marino Moto2 GP at Misano. Tomizawa started pocket bike racing at age … Continue reading

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