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South African motorcycle Grand Prix

The South African motorcycle Grand Prix was a motorcycling event that had been part of the Grand Prix motorcycle racing world championship, held intermittently from 1983 to 2004.

South African Grand Prix
Phakisa Freeway - Road course.svg
VenuePhakisa Freeway (1999-2004)
Kyalami (1983-1985, 1992)
First race1983
Last race2004
Most wins (rider)Valentino Rossi (3)
Most wins (manufacturer)Honda (10)

Contents

HistoryEdit

The first South African grand prix was held in 1983[1] at the Kyalami circuit and was taken off the calendar after the 1985[2] season due to the Apartheid policies which were in place in the country and the subsequent boycott from many sport associations (such as the FIM and the FIA) that followed.[3][4]

After the Apartheid policies were abolished and the FIM removed the restrictions for South African riders and venues, the South African round returned on the calendar in 1992 on a new, shortened variant of the circuit. However, the circuit was unpopular with the drivers and was removed from the calendar from the 1993 season onwards.

In 1999, the South African grand prix returned, this time on the Phakisa Freeway[5] and stayed until the 2004 season. That race was characterised by a hard-fought battle between Valentino Rossi and Max Biaggi.[6][7][8]

Track galleryEdit

WinnersEdit

Multiple winners (riders)Edit

# Wins Rider Wins
Category Years won
3   Valentino Rossi MotoGP 2004
500 cc 2001
250 cc 1999
2   Eddie Lawson 500 cc 1984, 1985
  Freddie Spencer 500 cc 1983
250 cc 1985
  Max Biaggi 500 cc 1999
250 cc 1992
  Manuel Poggiali 250 cc 2003
125 cc 2002
  Dani Pedrosa 250 cc 2004
125 cc 2003

Multiple winners (manufacturers)Edit

# Wins Manufacturer Wins
Category Years won
10   Honda MotoGP 2002, 2003
500 cc 1983, 2001
250 cc 1985, 2001, 2004
125 cc 1992, 2003, 2004
8   Yamaha MotoGP 2004
500 cc 1984, 1985, 1992, 1999, 2000
250 cc 1984, 2000
6   Aprilia 250 cc 1992, 1999, 2002, 2003
125 cc 1999, 2000

By yearEdit

Year Track 125 cc 250 cc MotoGP Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
2004 Welkom   Andrea Dovizioso Honda   Dani Pedrosa Honda   Valentino Rossi Yamaha Report
2003 Welkom   Dani Pedrosa Honda   Manuel Poggiali Aprilia   Sete Gibernau Honda Report
2002 Welkom   Manuel Poggiali Gilera   Marco Melandri Aprilia   Tohru Ukawa Honda Report
Year Track 125 cc 250 cc 500 cc Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
2001 Welkom   Youichi Ui Derbi   Daijiro Kato Honda   Valentino Rossi Honda Report
2000 Welkom   Arnaud Vincent Aprilia   Shinya Nakano Yamaha   Garry McCoy Yamaha Report
1999 Welkom   Gianluigi Scalvini Aprilia   Valentino Rossi Aprilia   Max Biaggi Yamaha Report
1992 Kyalami   Jorge Martínez Honda   Max Biaggi Aprilia   John Kocinski Yamaha Report
Year Track 80 cc 125 cc 250 cc 500 cc Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
1985 Kyalami   Freddie Spencer Honda   Eddie Lawson Yamaha Report
1984 Kyalami   Patrick Fernandez Yamaha   Eddie Lawson Yamaha Report
1983 Kyalami   Jean-François Baldé Chevallier   Freddie Spencer Honda Report

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "MotoGP - South African 500cc GP - Kyalami - 1983". YouTube. 22 April 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  2. ^ "MotoGP - South African 500cc GP - Kyalami 1985". YouTube. 14 June 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Kyalami". Motorsportmagazine.com. 12 June 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Alle Grand-Prix uitslagen en bijzonderheden, van 1973 (het jaar dat Jack begon met racen) tot heden". Archive.li. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  5. ^ "1999 500cc South African GPk". YouTube. 21 February 2018. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  6. ^ "CNN.com - Rossi celebrates a welcome victory - Apr 18, 2004". Edition.cnn.com. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Top ten historic moments of 2004: no. 1 - MotoGP". Motogp.com. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Moto Gp Sirkuit Welkom 2004". YouTube. 10 January 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2018.