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Mike Hailwood

Stanley Michael Bailey Hailwood (2 April 1940 – 23 March 1981) was a British Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. He is regarded by many as one of the greatest racers of all time. Hailwood was known as “Mike The Bike” because of his natural riding ability on bikes with a range of engine capacities. Later …

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Sjaak Lucassen

Sjaak Lucassen (born October 2, 1961) is a Dutch long-distance motorcycle rider. Between 1995 and 1998 he traveled 160,000 kilometres on a Honda Fireblade and then between 2001 and 2006 he traveled 250,000 kilometres around the world on a Yamaha YZF-R1. One journalist deemed the Yamaha sportbike to be “by its nature” inappropriate for the …

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Phil Read

Phillip William Read, MBE (born 1 January 1939) is an English former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. He became the first competitor to win world championships in the 125 cc, 250 cc and 500 cc classes. Phil Read’s spectacular career saw him compete in the World Championship over a period of 16 years in the …

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Kork Ballington

Born in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia, Ballington used his domestic production racing experience as a springboard to gain entry into the British racing scene. He raced an over-the-counter Yamaha twin for several years before taking a well-earned place on the Kawasaki factory racing team riding Kawasaki KR250 and KR350s alongside Mick Grant and Barry Ditchburn. In …

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