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Didier de Radiguès (born March 27, 1958) is a Belgian former professional motorcycle racer, auto racing driver and current artist. He also serves as a television sports color commentator for Belgium television, a Moto GP riders manager and as the owner of a motorcycle riding school.

Didier de Radiguès
Didier de Radiguès.jpg
NationalityBelgium Belgian
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years1980 - 1991
First race1980 250cc Dutch TT
Last race1991 500cc Malaysian Grand Prix
First win1982 350cc Nations Grand Prix
Last win1983 250cc Belgian Grand Prix
Team(s)Yamaha, Cagiva, Suzuki
Championships0
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
141 4 15 12 3 688
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years1998 - 2002
TeamsSolution F, Kremer Racing, Team Rafanelli SRL, Dick Barbour Racing, MBD Sportscar Team
Best finish28th (2001, 2002)
Class wins0

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Motorsport careerEdit

Born in Leuven, De Radiguès made his motorcycle Grand Prix debut in 1979, racing in the 500cc class. His best year was in 1982 when he won two races and finished second to Anton Mang in the 350cc world championship. He rode in 500cc for the Yamaha factory racing team in 1988 as a team-mate to Eddie Lawson and ended his career with the Suzuki team in 1991 as Kevin Schwantz' team-mate. He won four Grands Prix during his career as well as the 1991 Macau Grand Prix, a non-championship event.[1]

Didier de Radiguès is the Belgian's rider most successful with 4 GP wins. In 1992 at the request of the riders, de Radiguès organized the International Motorcycle Riders Association which was then managed by Franco Uncini at IRTA.

After his motorcycle racing career, de Radiguès took up sports car endurance racing, winning the 1997 Belgian Procar Championship as well as the Spa 24 Hours race and the championship in the American Le Mans Series in 2001. In 1998 de Radiguès entered the 24 Hours of Le Mans with fellow ex-motorcycle rider Wayne Gardner.[2]

In 2003, de Radiguès began a motorcycle riding school in France.

Television careerEdit

De Radiguès is also a Motorsport TV consultant, first on Club RTL and then on RTBF (since 2013), the two largest French-speaking Belgian TV channels. He gives commentary on Moto2 and Moto GP races.

Artistic careerEdit

Didier de Radiguès started his artistic career in New York and Singapore, Brussels, Hong Kong and Paris.

His first series called « From My Gazebo » is inspired by his many trips to the Bahamas. From his gazebo, planted in the heart of the Atlantic Ocean on a small island of the Exumas, Didier de Radiguès captures the landscape around him. His latest series is called People Portrait.[3][4]

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 Machine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Points Rank Wins
1980 250cc Yamaha TZ250 NAT
-
ESP
-
FRA
-
YUG
-
NED
8
BEL
-
FIN
-
GBR
-
CZE
-
GER
6
8 18th 0
1981 250cc Johnson-Yamaha TZ250 ARG
9
GER
-
NAT
-
FRA
-
ESP
-
NED
10
BEL
5
RSM
10
GBR
6
FIN
-
SWE
8
CZE
4
26 9th 0
350cc Johnson-Yamaha TZ350 ARG
-
AUT
-
GER
-
NAT
-
YUG
-
NED
-
GBR
4
CZE
-
8 17th 0
1982 250cc Chevallier-Yamaha TZ250 FRA
-
ESP
-
NAT
-
NED
-
BEL
3
YUG
1
GBR
10
SWE
-
FIN
2
CZE
-
RSM
-
GER
-
38 6th 1
350cc Chevallier-Yamaha TZ350 ARG
3
AUT
-
FRA
2
NAT
1
NED
-
GBR
2
FIN
-
CZE
1
GER
-
64 2nd 2
1983 250cc Chevallier-Yamaha TZ250 RSA
2
FRA
4
NAT
9
GER
3
ESP
NC
AUT
2
YUG
NC
NED
7
BEL
1
GBR
9
SWE
8
68 3rd 1
500cc Honda NS500 RSA
-
FRA
NC
NAT
-
GER
-
ESP
13
AUT
-
YUG
-
NED
-
BEL
NC
GBR
NC
SWE
20
RSM
NC
0 - 0
1984 500cc Elf-Chevallier Honda NS500 RSA
4
NAT
12
ESP
NC
AUT
NC
GER
NC
FRA
6
YUG
6
NED
NC
BEL
NC
GBR
NC
SWE
NC
RSM
5
24 9th 0
1985 500cc Elf-Honda NS500 RSA
7
ESP
6
GER
5
NAT
10
AUT
6
YUG
7
NED
6
BEL
7
FRA
NC
GBR
4
SWE
6
RSM
NC
47 8th 0
1986 500cc Rollstar-Honda NS500 ESP
-
NAT
5
GER
5
AUT
-
YUG
-
NED
9
BEL
7
FRA
8
GBR
2
SWE
6
RSM
7
42 7th 0
1987 500cc Cagiva GP500 JPN
NC
ESP
NC
GER
12
NAT
NC
AUT
12
YUG
-
NED
6
FRA
NC
GBR
6
SWE
8
CZE
12
RSM
NC
POR
NC
BRA
4
ARG
NC
21 12th 0
1988 500cc Marlboro-Yamaha YZR500 JPN
9
USA
8
ESP
8
EXP
6
NAT
NC
GER
7
AUT
2
NED
12
BEL
4
YUG
6
FRA
7
GBR
7
SWE
7
CZE
NC
BRA
9
120 7th 0
1989 250cc Aprilia RS250 JPN
14
AUS
9
USA
14
ESP
NC
NAT
NC
GER
NC
AUT
5
YUG
NC
NED
6
BEL
NC
FRA
9
GBR
NC
SWE
7
CZE
13
BRA
NC
51 12th 0
1990 250cc Aprilia RS250 JPN
NC
USA
-
ESP
9
NAT
NC
GER
NC
AUT
9
YUG
NC
NED
7
BEL
2
FRA
7
GBR
11
SWE
17
CZE
NC
HUN
13
AUS
7
66 12th 0
1991 500cc Lucky Strike-Suzuki RGV500 JPN
14
AUS
10
USA
10
ESP
8
ITA
NC
GER
6
AUT
8
EUR
10
NED
5
FRA
7
GBR
8
RSM
8
CZE
7
VDM
8
MAL
8
105 8th 0

24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1998   Solution F   Philippe Gache
  Wayne Gardner
Riley & Scott Mk III-Ford LMP1 155 DNF DNF
1999   Kremer Racing   Tomás Saldaña
  Grant Orbell
Lola B98/10-Ford LMP 46 DNF DNF
2000   Team Rafanelli SRL   Domenico Schiattarella
  Emanuele Naspetti
Lola B2K/10-Judd LMP900 154 DNF DNF
2001   Dick Barbour Racing   Sascha Maassen
  Hideshi Matsuda
Reynard 01Q-LM-Judd LMP675 95 DNF DNF
2002   MBD Sportscar Team   Milka Duno
  John Graham
Panoz LMP07-Mugen LMP900 259 DNF DNF

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Didier de Radiguès motorcycle Grand Prix career statistics". motogp.com. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  2. ^ "1998 Le Mans 24 Hours Competitors & Results". experiencelemans.com. Retrieved 28 April 2012.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Didier de Radiguès". vogelsanggallery.com. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  4. ^ "LGallery". lgallery.eu. Retrieved 28 July 2014.

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