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Rolf Biland (born 1 April 1951) is a Swiss former sidecar racer. He is known not only for his seven FIM Sidecar World Championships and 80 Grand Prix wins, but for his experimentation and innovation with new types of machine, like the Seymaz, the BEO and the LCR. His success was not limited to Grand Prix tracks, as he finished second at the Isle of Man Sidecar TT at his first attempt.[1] Biland was instrumental in the development of the Swissauto V4 engine and won his last world title using it.[2]

Rolf Biland
NationalitySwiss
Born (1951-04-01) 1 April 1951 (age 68)
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years1974 - 1996
First race1974 French Grand Prix
Last race1997 Austrian Grand Prix
First win1975 German Grand Prix
Last win1996 Catalan Grand Prix
ChampionshipsSidecars - 1978, 1979 (B2B), 1981, 1983, 1992, 1993, 1994
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
89 80 114 2066
Isle of Man TT career
TTs contested4 (1977-1980)
TT wins0
Podiums1

Biland retired from sidecar competition and became team manager for the Muz 500 team in 1999, renaming it Team Biland GP1. The team had some success but failed to secure a sponsor and folded at the end of that year.[3]

Biland now runs Karting events in Switzerland.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ IOM TT Database Competitor Race Results Retrieved 2014-09-25
  2. ^ swissauto V4 500 engine Retrieved 2014-09-25
  3. ^ [1] Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Biland Karting Events

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
George O'Dell
With: Kenny Arthur and Cliff Holland
World Sidecar Champion
1978
With: Kenneth Williams
Succeeded by
Rolf Biland (B2A)
With: Kurt Waltisperg
Succeeded by
Bruno Holzer (B2B)
With: Karl Meierhans
Preceded by
Rolf Biland
With: Kenneth Williams
Combined championship
B2A World Sidecar Champion
1979
With: Kurt Waltisperg
Succeeded by
Jock Taylor
With: Benga Johansson
Re-combined championship
Preceded by
Jock Taylor
With: Benga Johansson
World Sidecar Champion
1981
With: Kurt Waltisperg
Succeeded by
Werner Schwärzel
With: Andreas Huber
Preceded by
Werner Schwärzel
With: Andreas Huber
World Sidecar Champion
1983
With: Kurt Waltisperg
Succeeded by
Egbert Streuer
With: Bernard Schnieders
Preceded by
Steve Webster
With: Gavin Simmons
World Sidecar Champion
1992-1994
With: Kurt Waltisperg
Succeeded by
Darren Dixon
With: Andy Hetherington