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Luca Cadalora (born 17 May 1963) is an Italian former Grand Prix motorcycle road racing world champion.

Luca Cadalora
Luca Cadalora 1989 Donington Park.jpg
Luca Cadalora, riding his Yamaha YZR500 at the 1989 British Grand Prix
NationalityItalian
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years1984 - 2000
First race1984 125cc Nations Grand Prix
Last race2000 500cc Czech Grand Prix
First win1986 125cc West German Grand Prix
Last win1996 500cc German Grand Prix
Team(s)MBA, Garelli, Yamaha, Honda, MuZ, Modenas
Championships125cc – 1986
250cc – 1991, 1992
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
195 34 72 29 30 1932

Racing careerEdit

Born in Modena, Emilia Romagna, Cadalora began his professional motorcycle racing career in 1984, riding an MBA in the 125cc world championship. In 1986, he won the 125cc World Championship while riding for the Garelli factory racing team. His success earned him a promotion to the 250cc class with Giacomo Agostini's Marlboro Yamaha factory racing team in 1986. In 1991, Cadalora switched to the Rothmans Honda factory racing team and won the 250cc World Championship aboard an Erv Kanemoto-tuned Honda NSR250.[1][2] He successfully defended his title with Honda in 1992, claiming his third world championship.

In 1993 he rose to the premier 500cc division as Wayne Rainey's teammate in the Kenny Roberts-Yamaha team.[2] In three seasons on the Roberts Yamaha, he displayed flashes of brilliance, finishing as high as second to Mick Doohan in 1994. Cadalora rejoined Kanemoto for the 1996 season racing a Honda NSR500. Despite lacking any major sponsors, he still managed to finish the season in third place aboard the Kanemoto-Honda.[1][2]

For the 1997 season, he got a contract as official Yamaha rider in the new Promotor Racing team backed by an Austrian businessman. However, after few races the team failed due to financial problems. WCM rescued the team with the help of a Red Bull sponsorship and Cadalora ended the season in sixth place. At the beginning of the 1998 season, WCM and Cadalora lost Yamaha official support. He returned to the Rainey-Yamaha works team for a few races to replace an injured Jean-Michel Bayle, then helped develop the new MuZ race bike. In 1999 he was again with MuZ. Cadalora finished his career with Kenny Roberts' Modenas team in 2000.[1][2]

He retired with 34 Grand Prix victories in three different classes.[1]

Career statisticsEdit

Grand Prix motorcycle racingEdit

By classEdit

Class Season 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Race Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts WChmp
125cc 1984–1986 1984 Nations 1984 Germany 1986 Germany 25 4 9 6 5 153 1
250cc 1987–1992 1987 Japan 1987 Spain 1988 Germany 87 22 39 15 19 950 2
500cc 1989, 1993–2000 1989 Great Britain 1993 Great Britain 1993 Great Britain 83 8 24 8 6 827 0
Total 1984–2000 195 34 72 29 30 1930 3

Races by yearEdit

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

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pos. Pts
1984 125cc MBA NAT
5
SPA
Ret
GER
2
FRA
12
NED
Ret
GBR
6
SWE
Ret
RSM
7
8th 27
1985 125cc MBA SPA
Ret
GER
Ret
NAT
Ret
AUT
30
NED
7
BEL
DNS
FRA GBR
11
SWE
DNS
RSM 17th 4
1986 125cc Garelli SPA
4
NAT
4
GER
1
AUT
1
NED
1
BEL
Ret
FRA
1
GBR
3
SWE
2
RSM
2
BWU
2
1st 122
1987 250cc Yamaha JPN
13
SPA
2
GER
5
NAT
11
AUT
Ret
YUG
DNS
NED
15
FRA
15
GBR
Ret
SWE
2
CZE
5
RSM
2
POR
9
BRA
6
ARG
4
7th 63
1988 250cc Yamaha JPN
Ret
USA
6
SPA
7
EXP
Ret
NAT
5
GER
1
AUT
7
NED
4
BEL
8
YUG
5
FRA
6
GBR
1
SWE
Ret
CZE
3
BRA
Ret
6th 136
1989 250cc Yamaha JPN
3
AUS
3
USA
3
SPA
1
NAT
Ret
GER
11
AUT
Ret
YUG
Ret
NED
Ret
BEL
5
FRA
11
GBR
Ret
SWE
5
CZE
6
BRA
1
5th 127
500cc Yamaha JPN AUS USA SPA NAT GER AUT YUG NED BEL FRA GBR
8
SWE
DNS
CZE BRA 27th 8
1990 250cc Yamaha JPN
1
USA
2
SPA
2
NAT
Ret
GER
10
AUT
1
YUG
4
NED
Ret
BEL
Ret
FRA
2
GBR
1
SWE
4
CZE
4
HUN
4
AUS
3
3rd 184
1991 250cc Honda JPN
1
AUS
1
USA
1
SPA
2
ITA
1
GER
4
AUT
5
EUR
1
NED
2
FRA
5
GBR
1
RSM
1
CZE
3
VDM
3
MAL
1
1st 237
1992 250cc Honda JPN
1
AUS
1
MAL
1
SPA
4
ITA
1
EUR
1
GER
4
NED
2
HUN
1
FRA
3
GBR
4
BRA
1
RSA
6
1st 203
1993 500cc Yamaha AUS
8
MAL
DNS
JPN
Ret
SPA
5
AUT
5
GER
8
NED
7
EUR
15
RSM
5
GBR
1
CZE
2
ITA
1
USA
3
FIM
Ret
5th 145
1994 500cc Yamaha AUS
2
MAL
4
JPN
4
SPA
Ret
AUT
22
GER
DNS
NED
9
ITA
2
FRA
7
GBR
3
CZE
3
USA
1
ARG
6
EUR
1
2nd 174
1995 500cc Yamaha AUS
4
MAL
Ret
JPN
4
SPA
2
GER
2
ITA
12
NED
7
FRA
2
GBR
5
CZE
1
BRA
1
ARG
3
EUR
Ret
3rd 176
1996 500cc Honda MAL
1
INA
6
JPN
Ret
SPA
2
ITA
3
FRA
6
NED
Ret
GER
1
GBR
9
AUT
4
CZE
Ret
IMO
6
CAT
4
BRA
6
AUS
7
3rd 168
1997 500cc Yamaha MAL
4
JPN
11
SPA
11
ITA
2
AUT
3
FRA
Ret
NED
Ret
IMO
6
GER
Ret
BRA
3
GBR
5
CZE
2
CAT
4
INA
Ret
AUS
Ret
6th 129
1998 500cc Yamaha JPN MAL SPA ITA FRA
6
MAD
Ret
22nd 10
Suzuki NED
Ret
GBR GER CZE IMO CAT AUS
MuZ ARG
Ret
1999 500cc MuZ Weber MAL
Ret
JPN SPA
8
FRA
Ret
ITA
10
CAT
Ret
NED
Ret
GBR GER
Ret
CZE
DNS
IMO VAL AUS RSA BRA ARG 20th 14
2000 500cc Modenas RSA MAL JPN SPA FRA ITA CAT NED GBR GER
14
CZE
15
POR VAL BRA PAC AUS 27th 3
Source:[1]

Superbike World ChampionshipEdit

Races by yearEdit

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

Year Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pos. Pts
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
2000 Ducati RSA RSA AUS AUS JPN JPN GBR
Ret
GBR
17
ITA ITA GER GER SMR SMR SPA SPA USA USA EUR EUR NED NED GER GER GBR GBR NC 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Rider Statistics - Luca Cadalora". MotoGP.com. Retrieved 2009-06-02.
  2. ^ a b c d Luca Cadalora profile at crash.net Archived 2009-08-21 at the Wayback Machine


Preceded by
John Kocinski
250cc Motorcycle World Champion
1991-1992
Succeeded by
Tetsuya Harada