Sunday, May 20, 2007

Pat Hennen inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame

Suzuki rider Pat Hennen in action on his Suzuki RG500

Twelve new members have been selected this year, for induction into The Motorcycle Hall of Fame. And of those twelve is Pat Hennen, the first American ever to win a 500cc motorcycle grand prix – the 1976 Finnish GP. Hennen took third place in the 1976 500cc world championship, behind Barry Sheene, who took first place, and Teuvo Lansivuori, who finished second.

A very fast rider who was not afraid of taking risks, Hennen seemed to be destined for great things, but his career ended in 1978, when he had a massive crash at the Isle of Man TT, at a speed of around 250km/h. Hennen suffered serious head injuries in that crash and never recovered fully.

For more details, visit The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum website here

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Twenty years of the Suzuki GSX-R
Libero Liberati: 500cc motorcycle GP racing world champ in 1957
1993 500cc world champ, Kevin Schwantz speaks
After six years, Suzuki take a MotoGP win!
Max Biaggi: Staying alive...
Retro SBK's Freddie Spencer tribute

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