Culture – Death of John Surtees, legend of the motorcycle and car Grands Prix –


Death of John Surtees, legend of motorcycle and car Grands Prix

Culture - Death of John Surtees, legend of the motorcycle and car Grands Prix -

This early March 2017 will remain painfully engraved in the memories of bikers and motorcycle sport enthusiasts: to the tragic death of Sarthois rider Anthony Delhalle (35) is added that of John Surtees, who died on Friday March 10 at Saint-Georges hospital. from London.

The British legend, the only rider to be titled in the premier car and motorcycle category, had just celebrated his 83 years.

"John was a loving husband, father, brother and friend," recall John Surtees’ wife Jane and daughters Leonora and Edwina. "He was also one of the greats of motorsport and he continued to work tirelessly … He was truly an example of a person who pushed his limits and who continued to fight until the end" , underlines the Surtees family by announcing the death of one of the greatest figures in motorsport.

After winning his first GP500 title in 1956 (three races, three victories!), John Surtees dominated the 350 and 500 categories three seasons in a row in 1958, 1959 and 1960, grabbing 35 podiums in as many races in this short period. contested, as well as 32 victories and 32 lap records! Crowned with his four 500 cc and three 350 cc world championship titles with MV Agusta, Surtees then jumped into the seat of a Formula 1 … with the same success: the British driver won six victories and climbed 24 times on the podium, winning the supreme title in 1964 with Ferrari.

  • MNC of March 9, 2017 : Tragic disappearance of Anthony Delhalle¬†

To date, John Surtees is the only rider to have negotiated the transition from two to four wheels so well and above all the only one to win in the two main categories of cars and motorcycles..

John Surtees leaves the track for good…

From 1970 to 1978 he led his own team in F1, then remained very involved in motorsports, notably through the Henry Surtees foundation, named after his young son who died at only 18 years old during a Formula 2 race in 2009..

Johnn Surtees had just blown his 83rd candle on February 11, before entering Saint-Georges hospital. He passed away this Friday March 10 in London … 14 years, to the day, after another huge British motorcycle champion, the last in the premier class: .

The entire MNC team sends its deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of this motorsport legend. In tribute to his brilliant career, the Motorcycle Journal of the Net rebroadcast this published in 2015 by the BBC. Farewell, Sir John…

Alexandre BARDIN – Photos DR

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