Andrea Dovizioso and Hans-Georg Anscheidt to be named MotoGP™ Legends
The Italian and the German will just about every be inducted into the MotoGP™ Corridor of Fame in 2023
Wednesday, 15 February 2023
Andrea Dovizioso and Hans-Georg Anscheidt will each individual be named MotoGP™ Legends in 2023. Italian rider Dovizioso will be inducted into the Corridor of Fame at Mugello and German rider Anscheidt at the Sachsenring, just about every using their location in the Legend publications!
Dovizioso received the 125cc World Championship in 2004, moved up to develop into a consistent challenger in the 250 course and then created his MotoGP™ debut in 2008, getting his to start with leading course podium as a rookie. The pursuing period Dovizioso took his 1st premier course earn and right until his departure from Honda at the conclude of 2011, was a dependable podium menace. His up coming season noticed him debut with Yamaha Tech3, in which he once more took a range of rostrums, ahead of a go to the Ducati factory staff for 2013 noticed the two start out a prolonged journey to the top rated.
In 2014 Dovizioso garnered two podiums, in 2015 5 and in 2016 yet another 5 – which includes a history-generating get in the Malaysian Grand Prix, his very first since 2009. That kicked off a renaissance of unbelievable frontrunning form as Dovizioso was Championship runner up in 2017, 2018 and 2019, taking 12 wins across just 3 seasons. His last win arrived in his remaining year with Ducati at the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix.
Following a quick sabbatical, Dovizioso returned to competitiveness in the latter section of 2021 as an Independent Team rider with Yamaha prior to retiring following Misano in 2022. His final hurrah observed the paddock arrive out to applaud both equally the achievements and course of a crucial determine in the fashionable era. Now, he’ll choose his spot as a MotoGP™ Legend.
German rider Hans-Georg Anscheidt was born in Königsberg (now Kaliningrad) in 1935 and would grow to be just one of the most successful 50cc riders in the first ten years of the 50cc Entire world Championship. He started driving Enduro in 1955 in advance of switching to Speedway in 1957, then using on the new challenge of 50cc circuit racing from 1959.
Soon after European degree success, Anscheidt ongoing racing for Kreidler when the 50cc course officially debuted as a Environment Championship in 1962, winning the 1st race of the time at Montjuïc and taking a second Grand Prix get at Monza in the Nations Grand Prix. He finished the year runner up all round, a feat he recurring in 1963 as he took an additional a few Grand Prix victories. He finished 1964 in third location overall, getting one more acquire, prior to a more durable 1965 ahead of a switch to Suzuki.
That change observed Anscheidt get started an outstanding successful run. He took his very first 50cc Earth Championship in 1966 and it did not halt there as the German won an remarkable 3 titles in a row from 1966 to 1968. Remarkably, the initial two observed Anscheidt contend as a factory Suzuki rider, but in 1968 he won his final Championship as a privateer. With his name in the background guides as a a few-time Entire world Champion and winner of 14 Grands Prix, Anscheidt retired as the reigning Winner at the finish of 1968.
Now, Dovizioso and Anscheidt will be named MotoGP™ Legends, becoming a member of a prolonged checklist of greats that includes Valentino Rossi, Giacomo Agostini, Hugh Anderson, Kork Ballington, Max Biaggi, Alex Crivillé, Mick Doohan, Stefan Dörflinger, Geoff Duke, Wayne Gardner, Mike Hailwood, Nicky Hayden, Jorge Lorenzo, Daijiro Kato, Eddie Lawson, Marco Lucchinelli, Randy Mamola, Anton Mang, Jorge ‘Aspar’ Martinez, Angel Nieto, Dani Pedrosa, Wayne Rainey, Phil Read, Jim Redman, Kenny Roberts, Kenny Roberts Jr, Jarno Saarinen, Kevin Schwantz, Barry Sheene, Marco Simoncelli, Freddie Spencer, Casey Stoner, John Surtees, Luigi Taveri, Carlo Ubbiali and Franco Uncini.
Andrea Dovizioso: “When they instructed me, I was really astonished. Looking at the record of Legends it is a awesome feeling to know my title is now likely to be additional. I experienced a extended career but did not expect to be named a Legend – and surely not so quickly – but it’s genuinely an honour.
“I’m searching ahead to coming back again to the paddock to check out, and to be inducted at the Italian Grand Prix can make it definitely unique. I’m amazed and pretty joyful, satisfied to turn into a MotoGP Legend. So thank you really considerably!”
Hans-Georg Anscheidt: “It is a fantastic enjoyment for me to come to be a MotoGP Legend. I did not anticipate it, as the 50cc class came a long time soon after the other classes of the Planet Championship had started off and is prolonged long gone. I am incredibly satisfied, and I will do all I can to appear to the Sachsenring with each other with my son.
“The 50cc course was quite special for me as I was racing bigger offroad bikes prior to and experienced to discover to cope with these very small, wobbly beasts with their slender power band and narrow two-inch tires that experienced no margin for error.
“When the 50cc Moto Cup started in 1959, they experienced an ordinary of 100 km/h. In 1960 it was previously 110 km/h. In 1961 the topspeed of our Kreidler in the European Championship was all around 140 km/h, when I past raced at Spa in 1968, my Suzuki went up to 205 km/h. It was an incredible advancement in these early several years.
“I have not been in the paddock for a incredibly prolonged time., so I am quite enthusiastic to see the Planet Championship all over again. I know from Television set that the races are very shut!”
Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sporting activities: “We’re extremely happy to induct Andrea and Hans-Georg into the MotoGP Hall of Fame. Two riders who reached a ton, and two riders who had been emblematic of the eras in which they competed. We’re extremely significantly wanting forward to welcoming them back again to the paddock to be named Legends.
“Andrea was by now a Environment Winner early in his occupation and many years later was still thrilling us as a vital section of some of the finest battles in the present day era of MotoGP. It was a pleasure for us to view him compete and consider some of the closest MotoGP victories I can don’t forget. He is undoubtedly a legend!
“Hans-Georg was hugely profitable in the 50cc course and won a few titles again-to-back, which is a distinctive accomplishment handful of have managed. He has an critical position in historical past and was a essential determine of that second 10 years of Grand Prix levels of competition, making us all happy to identify him a MotoGP Legend today.”