Motorcycle racing’s most successful racer to join Madeira MotoGP lineup

MotoGP’s next on-track challenger, Andrea Dovizioso of Italy, confirmed that he will race in 2019 at the Madeira circuit where he blazed a new trail in the sport. This season, he joined the ranks…

Motorcycle racing's most successful racer to join Madeira MotoGP lineup

MotoGP’s next on-track challenger, Andrea Dovizioso of Italy, confirmed that he will race in 2019 at the Madeira circuit where he blazed a new trail in the sport. This season, he joined the ranks of the world-class (Italian) MotoGP World Team. A group of eight riders and two pit crew headed by veteran Don Gama. Together, they have won three of the last five premier class titles.

When Formula 1 and Formula 4 first engaged in organized (and sanctioned) GT racing, the winningest racer didn’t start his career in a Formula 1 or a Formula 4. C.R. King was the fourth-fastest spring pole-winner in the US in 1959 and was also the first racer to win two Champ Car races in a row.

King’s breakthrough came in his first year of ATC classes. During the mid-1960s, several ATC clubs thrived in Tennessee. King signed with one of them, the April Grove Speed Equestrian Raceway, eventually becoming the track’s main attraction. During the 1960 campaign, he won four races, grabbed the pole and earned his first championship. He celebrated by buying 250 of the club’s most-favored horses and racing them on the track. He drove his April Grove Honda World Pro Class to the ATC National Championship.

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