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Alex George is an American former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer born in New York City, New York. His best year was in 1975 when he finished in seventh place in the 500 cc Grand Prix world championship.[2]

Alex George
NationalityAmerican
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years1970, 1973 - 1979
First race1970 Isle of Man 250 cc Lightweight TT
Last race1979 500 cc Belgian Grand Prix
Team(s)Honda
Championships0
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
36 0 3 0 0 153
Isle of Man TT career
TTs contested1970–1992
TT wins3 – 1975, 1979 (2)
First TT win1975
Last TT win1979
Podiums3[1]

George finished tenth in the 500 class in 1973. He finished on the podium (in third place) at the 1975 500 cc Czechoslovakian Grand Prix, the 1975 350 cc Dutch TT and the 1977 500 cc Austrian Grand Prix, and had a number of other top six results in the 500, 350 and 250 cc Grand Prix classes. His third place in the 1977 Austrian Grand Prix came about as a result of some riders boycotting the race, following an accident in the earlier 350 cc race. Riders in the 500 cc category then organised a boycott of their race which led to only 14 competitors taking part.[3][4] He also competed in the Formula 750 Class on a 750 cc Yamaha and won the Bol d'Or endurance race on his first attempt riding for Honda France.

George was a street circuit specialist and was a three-time winner at the Isle of Man TT.[1] His most memorable victory came in 1979, when he beat pre-race favourite Mike Hailwood who had successfully returned to motorcycle racing at the 1978 Isle of Man TT after a short time in Formula 1 Grand Prix car racing. Serious injuries sustained while competing in the 1982 Isle of Man TT ended George's competitive career.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Alex George Isle of Man TT results page
  2. ^ Alex George career statistics at MotoGP.com
  3. ^ Carter, Chris (ed.). Motocourse 1977-1978. Hazleton Securities Ltd. p. 57. ISBN 0-905138-04-X.
  4. ^ "Cyclist Killed In Prix Race". The Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. 2 May 1977. p. 2. Retrieved 4 December 2011.