Wil Hartog (born 28 May 1948) is a Dutch former professional Grand Prix motorcycle road racer.

Wil Hartog
Wil Hartog (1977).jpg
Wil Hartog
NationalityDutch
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years1973 - 1981
First race1973 500cc Dutch TT
Last race1981 500cc West German Grand Prix
First win1977 500cc Dutch TT
Last win1980 500cc Finnish Grand Prix
Team(s)Suzuki
Championships0
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
36 5 12 0 2 217

Motorcycle racing careerEdit

Born in Abbekerk, North Holland, Hartog became the first Dutchman to win a 500cc Grand Prix when he claimed a victory at the 1977 Dutch TT.[1] That victory earned him a ride with the Suzuki factory team as a teammate to Barry Sheene. Hartog won five Grands Prix during his career.[2] Standing over 1,80 meters tall, he was at a disadvantage against his jockey-sized competitors yet he still managed impressive results. With his penchant for wearing all white riding apparel, he was nicknamed the white giant.[3]

To commemorate the fortieth anniversary of his 1977 Dutch TT victory, Hartog was honored during the 2017 Dutch TT by riding a lap of the Assen TT circuit on the motorcycle he won on, accompanied by Freddie Sheene, the son of Hartog's late teammate, on one of his father's motorcycles.

Career statisticsEdit

Grand Prix motorcycle racingEdit

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 Pos. Pts
1970 125cc Yamaha GER FRA YUG IOM NED
Ret
BEL DDR CZE FIN NAT SPA NC 0
1972 250cc Yamaha GER FRA AUT NAT IOM YUG NED
14
BEL DDR CZE SWE FIN SPA NC 0
500cc Riemanoc GER
Ret
FRA AUT NAT IOM YUG NC 0
Yamaha NED
Ret
BEL DDR CZE SWE FIN SPA
1973 350cc Yamaha FRA AUT GER NAT IOM YUG NED
Ret
CZE SWE FIN SPA NC 0
500cc Yamaha FRA AUT GER IOM YUG NED
4
BEL CZE SWE FIN SPA 25th 8
1974 250cc Yamaha GER NAT IOM NED
15
BEL SWE FIN CZE YUG SPA NC 0
350cc Yamaha FRA GER AUT NAT IOM NED
15
SWE FIN YUG SPA NC 0
1975 350cc Yamaha FRA SPA AUT GER NAT IOM NED
6
FIN CZE YUG 26th 5
500cc Suzuki FRA AUT GER NAT IOM NED
Ret
BEL SWE FIN CZE NC 0
1976 500cc Suzuki FRA AUT
Ret
NAT IOM NED
3
BEL SWE
Ret
FIN CZE GER 21st 10
1977 500cc Suzuki VEN AUT
DNS
GER
6
NAT
Ret
FRA
Ret
NED
1
BEL
7
SWE
5
FIN
Ret
CZE
Ret
GBR
Ret
10th 30
1978 500cc Suzuki VEN SPA
9
AUT
7
FRA
5
NAT
6
NED
5
BEL
1
SWE
2
FIN
1
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
4th 65
1979 500cc Suzuki VEN
Ret
AUT
3
GER
1
NAT
Ret
SPA
2
YUG
4
NED
3
BEL
DNS
SWE
Ret
FIN
10
GBR
3
FRA
18
4th 66
1980 500cc Suzuki NAT
Ret
SPA
Ret
FRA NED
19
BEL
5
FIN
1
GBR
Ret
GER
3
6th 31
1981 500cc Suzuki AUT
9
GER
14
NAT FRA YUG NED BEL RSM GBR FIN SWE 23rd 2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "MotoGP Preview: The 76th Dutch TT". superbikeplanet.com. Archived from the original on 27 June 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2010.
  2. ^ "Wil Hartog". MotoGP.com. Retrieved 11 December 2010.
  3. ^ "1977: 'De Witte Reus' wint de TT". NOS (in Dutch). Retrieved 31 May 2017.