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Carlos Alberto Lavado Jones (born May 25, 1956) is a Venezuelan former professional Grand Prix motorcycle racer.[1][2] He is a two-time 250cc World Champion road racer.[1] He joins Johnny Cecotto as the only two Venezuelans to win Grand Prix World Championships.[2][3]

Carlos Lavado
21 Centennial Classic TT Assen 2010.jpg
Lavado on a Yamaha TZ250 in 2010
NationalityVenezuelan
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years1978 - 1992
First race1978 250cc Venezuelan Grand Prix
Last race1992 250cc South African Grand Prix
First win1979 350cc Venezuelan Grand Prix
Last win1987 250cc Yugoslavian Grand Prix
Team(s)Yamaha
Championships250cc - 1983, 1986
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
137 19 42 22 13

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Motorcycle racing careerEdit

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Lavado made his international racing debut in the 1978 Venezuelan Grand Prix, finishing second in the 250cc class.[1] The following season, he won the 350cc class at the 1979 Venezuelan Grand Prix.[1]

In 1980, he began competing full-time on the Grand Prix circuit.[1] He went on to win the 250cc World Championship in 1983 and repeated the feat in 1986, both times on Yamaha TZ250s.[1] At the 1983 Dutch TT, Lavado and Iván Palazzese finished in first and second place marking the first time that Venezuelan riders had claimed the top two places in a world championship Grand Prix race.[4][5]

In fifteen seasons of Grand Prix competition (1978–1992), he participated in 137 races, 125 of them in the 250cc division.[1] He had 36 podium finishes and 17 victories in the 250cc class and 6 podium finishes with 2 victories in the 350cc division.[1] After he retired from competition, he continued his involvement in Grand Prix racing serving as advisor to Venezuelan motorcycle racers Robertino Pietri and Gabriel Ramos.[3]

Motorcycle Grand Prix Results[1]Edit

Points system from 1969 to 1987:

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Points 15 12 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1

Points system from 1988 to 1992:

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Points 20 17 15 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Points Rank Wins
1978 250cc Yamaha VEN
2
ESP
-
FRA
-
NAT
-
NED
-
BEL
-
SWE
-
FIN
-
GBR
-
GER
-
CZE
-
YUG
-
12 17th 0
1979 350cc Yamaha VEN
1
AUT
-
GER
-
NAT
-
ESP
-
YUG
-
NED
-
FIN
-
GBR
-
CZE
-
FRA
-
15 14th 1
1980 250cc Yamaha NAT
-
ESP
9
FRA
7
YUG
4
NED
1
BEL
-
FIN
-
GBR
-
CZE
-
GER
-
29 6th 1
350cc Yamaha NAT
-
FRA
-
NED
5
GBR
-
CZE
9
GER
-
8 13th 0
1981 250cc Yamaha ARG
-
GER
2
NAT
-
FRA
3
ESP
3
NED
2
BEL
2
RSM
-
GBR
-
FIN
-
SWE
-
CZE
-
56 4th 0
350cc Yamaha ARG
3
AUT
5
GER
-
NAT
8
YUG
3
NED
2
GBR
-
CZE
-
41 5th 0
1982 250cc Yamaha FRA
-
ESP
1
NAT
-
NED
-
BEL
-
YUG
-
GBR
8
SWE
-
FIN
5
CZE
1
RSM
-
GER
-
39 5th 2
350cc Yamaha ARG
1
AUT
-
FRA
-
NAT
2
NED
-
GBR
4
FIN
-
CZE
10
GER
-
36 5th 1
1983 250cc Yamaha RSA
7
FRA
Ret
NAT
1
GER
1
ESP
7
AUT
7
YUG
1
NED
1
BEL
3
GBR
4
SWE
3
100 1st 4
1984 250cc Yamaha RSA
9
NAT
15
ESP
3
AUT
5
GER
5
FRA
2
YUG
Ret
NED
1
BEL
Ret
GBR
3
SWE
7
RSM
2
77 3rd 1
1985 250cc Yamaha RSA
4
ESP
1
GER
Ret
NAT
2
AUT
9
YUG
2
NED
Ret
BEL
2
FRA
5
GBR
Ret
SWE
2
RSM
1
94 3rd 2
1986 250cc Yamaha ESP
1
NAT
2
GER
1
AUT
1
YUG
Ret
NED
1
BEL
Ret
FRA
1
GBR
2
SWE
1
RSM
Ret
114 1st 6
1987 250cc Yamaha JPN
-
ESP
10
GER
6
NAT
6
AUT
8
YUG
1
NED
10
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
SWE
4
CZE
-
RSM
-
POR
Ret
BRA
5
ARG
9
46 10th 1
1988 250cc Yamaha JPN
13
USA
Ret
ESP
Ret
EXP
Ret
NAT
7
GER
Ret
AUT
Ret
NED
Ret
BEL
5
YUG
-
FRA
-
GBR
8
SWE
Ret
CZE
9
BRA
2
55 11th 0
1989 250cc Aprilia JPN
-
AUS
-
USA
-
ESP
-
NAT
-
GER
-
AUT
-
YUG
-
NED
10
BEL
15
FRA
18
GBR
8
SWE
Ret
CZE
9
BRA
7
31 17th 0
1990 250cc Aprilia JPN
Ret
USA
15
ESP
Ret
NAT
11
GER
12
AUT
Ret
YUG
9
NED
9
BEL
4
FRA
Ret
GBR
-
SWE
-
CZE
-
HUN
-
AUS
-
37 15th 0
1991 250cc Yamaha JPN
25
AUS
10
USA
12
ESP
11
ITA
14
GER
15
AUT
DNS
EUR NED
9
FRA
16
GBR
17
RSM
7
CZE
DNQ
VDM MAL 34 14th 0
1992 250cc Gilera JPN
Ret
AUS
14
MAL
Ret
ESP
Ret
ITA
12
EUR
Ret
GER
13
NED
9
HUN
9
FRA
20
GBR
13
BRA
14
RSA
15
29 19th 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Carlos Lavado career statistics". motogp.com. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Carlos Lavado profile". global.yamaha-motor.com. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Yamaha Recognizes Two-Time 250cc World Champion Carlos Lavado". roadracingworld.com. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
  4. ^ Clifford, Peter (1983), Motocourse 1983-1984, Hazleton Publishing Ltd, ISBN 0-905138-26-0, Anyway, it was the first one-two Grand Prix for Venezuela.
  5. ^ "1983 250cc Dutch TT results". MotoGP.com. Retrieved 16 October 2018.


Preceded by
Jean-Louis Tournadre
250cc Motorcycle World Champion
1983
Succeeded by
Christian Sarron
Preceded by
Freddie Spencer
250cc Motorcycle World Champion
1986
Succeeded by
Anton Mang