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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