Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Graeme Crosby


Graeme Crosby (born in 1955) is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer from New Zealand. A supremely versatile rider, Crosby holds the distinction of having won the Daytona 200, the Imola 200, the Suzuka 8 Hours, and the Isle of Man TT.

Crosby began his racing career in 1974 in the New Zealand racing scene. In 1976, he made an impression in the Australian Superbike championship. He then left for Europe in 1980 to compete in Britain where he won the Isle of Man Senior TT. By 1980, he had worked his way up to the 500cc road racing world championship on a Suzuki RG 500. Also in 1980, he teamed up with Wes Cooley on a Yoshimura Suzuki to win the Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race, and he was the TT Formula One World Champion for Suzuki. After finishing fifth in the 1981 500cc championship - the year in which he was British TT F1 champion - he made a move to the Agostini Yamaha factory racing team. He began the 1982 season by winning the prestigious Daytona 200.

Despite injuries, Crosby still managed second overall in the championship. Frustrated by the internal politics of his race team Crosby quit the Grand Prix circuit after the 1982 season... Read more


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