Johnny Cecotto

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Alberto "Johnny" Cecotto (born 25 January 1956) is a Venezuelan former professional Grand Prix motorcycle racer and auto racer.wikipedia
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1975 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

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At his first-ever Grand Prix event at the opening round of the 1975 world championship, Cecotto continued his impressive streak in the French Grand Prix by winning the 250cc and 350cc races.
Nineteen-year-old newcomer Johnny Cecotto made an impressive debut at the season opening French Grand Prix where, he won the 250cc and 350cc races.

1976 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

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Suzuki's Barry Sheene was expected to be his main competitor for the 1976 world championship.
Walter Villa would claim double world championships in the 250cc and 350cc classes for Harley-Davidson fighting off a strong challenge from defending champion, Johnny Cecotto in the larger class.

1977 Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix

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At the beginning of the 1977 season, Cecotto was badly injured in a deadly four rider accident at the Austrian Grand Prix that claimed the life of Swiss rider Hans Stadelmann.
This race was abandoned after eight laps following an accident which led to the death of Hans Stadelmann from head injuries, and seriously injured Johnny Cecotto, Patrick Fernandez, Dieter Braun and Franco Uncini.

1977 Finnish motorcycle Grand Prix

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Cecotto then won two consecutive races with victories at the Finnish Grand Prix and the Czechoslovak Grand Prix where he also won the 350cc Grand Prix.

1978 Dutch TT

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Although he scored four podium finishes including a narrow victory by 1/10ths of a second over Roberts at the 1978 Dutch TT, he failed to score consistent results and suffered four mechanical failures, as Roberts won the world championship ahead of Sheene and the third placed Cecotto.

1977 Swedish motorcycle Grand Prix

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He recovered from his injuries in time for the Swedish Grand Prix where he finished in second place, 2.9 seconds behind winner Barry Sheene.

1977 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

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At the beginning of the 1977 season, Cecotto was badly injured in a deadly four rider accident at the Austrian Grand Prix that claimed the life of Swiss rider Hans Stadelmann.
The season was marred by numerous fatal accidents, including a terrible crash at the 350cc Austrian Grand Prix that claimed the life of Swiss rider, Hans Stadelmann and seriously injuring Johnny Cecotto, Patrick Fernandez, Dieter Braun and Franco Uncini.

1978 Formula 750 season

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He was more successful in the 1978 Formula 750 world championship, where despite four victories by Roberts, Cecotto was able to score three victories along with three second-place finishes to secure the championship.
Despite Kenny Roberts being the racer with most wins on aggregate, Johnny Cecotto was crowned champion after finishing seven races among the top three.

1978 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

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Cecotto began the 1978 season by winning the Imola 200 for a second time but, he faced a new rival for the world championship with the arrival of Kenny Roberts.
Yamaha's official factory team entered former 350 cc world champions Johnny Cecotto and Takazumi Katayama.

Kenny Roberts

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The unheralded teenager promptly raised his profile by qualifying on the front row shared with pole-sitter Kenny Roberts, Gene Romero, Teuvo Lansivuori and Steve Baker.
He had been leading the Daytona 200 once again when tire troubles forced him to make a lengthy pit stop, and Johnny Cecotto went on to win the race.

Daytona 200

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Cecotto rose to international prominence at the 1975 Daytona 200 motorcycle race with one of the more inspired rides in the history of the event.
In 1975, an unknown rookie rider named Johnny Cecotto accomplished one of the most impressive performances in the history of the event when, he rode from last place on the starting grid to finish the race in third place, passing half the field of competitors on the first lap alone.

Minardi

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Cecotto made his four-wheeled debut with Minardi in the 1980 Formula Two Championship.
Minardi enjoyed four moderately successful Formula Two seasons with a variety of young Italian and South American drivers, including Alessandro Nannini and Johnny Cecotto.

1982 European Formula Two Championship

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In the 1982 Formula Two season, driving for the March-BMW team, he won three races and finished the season tied for first place with his teammate Corrado Fabi, but was relegated to runner up by the tie breaker system.
Corrado Fabi won the championship in a works March-BMW after a season-long battle with teammate Johnny Cecotto and the Spirit-Honda of Thierry Boutsen.

Ayrton Senna

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For the 1984 season, he joined the Toleman racing team with Ayrton Senna as his team mate.
Venezuelan Johnny Cecotto, a former Grand Prix motorcycle racing world champion, was his teammate.

1985 James Hardie 1000

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He then traveled to Australia where he finished second in the 1985 James Hardie 1000 at the Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst, driving the BMW 635 CSi he drove at Spa, jointly winning the races "Rookie of the Year" award with his co-driver Roberto Ravaglia.
On the same lap as the winning Jaguar was the Schnitzer Motorsport prepared BMW 635CSi of Italian driver Roberto Ravaglia and Venezuela's former Motorcycle World champion (and ex-Formula One driver) Johnny Cecotto who, despite their extensive overseas experience, were Bathurst rookies and as such easily co-won the Rookie of the Year award.

Guia Race of Macau

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He also drove a 240T to victory at the 1986 Guia Race held during the Macau Grand Prix, as well as winning the 1986 InterTEC 500 held at Fuji in Japan alongside Anders Olofsson.
Since its first running in 1972, the race has been won by international touring car greats such as Tom Walkinshaw, Johnny Cecotto, Roberto Ravaglia, Emanuele Pirro and Andy Priaulx.

Theodore Racing

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In Formula One, Cecotto participated in 23 races, debuting on March 13, 1983 for the Theodore Racing team.
The team hired Johnny Cecotto and Roberto Guerrero but at the end of that season the team shut down and Mo Nunn moved to America, where he enjoyed great success as a race engineer through the 1980s and into the 1990s and eventually set up a successful team of his own in CART.

1979 Formula 750 season

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Although he won 5 races in the 1979 Formula 750 world championship, his inconsistent results relegated him to third place in the final standings.

1980 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

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He went into the 1980 season competing as a privateer aboard a Bimota chassis powered by a Yamaha engine in the 350cc class and a production Yamaha in the 500cc class.

1987 Burgundy 500

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The pair won the third round of the championship, the 500 km de Bourgogne at Dijon-Prenois, before being the first WTCC registered car to finish the first Australian round, the 1987 James Hardie 1000.
The race was won by Gianfranco Brancatelli and Johnny Cecotto, driving a BMW M3.

List of Grand Prix motorcycle racing World Champions by year

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He went on to win three more races and defeated the seven-time defending champion, Giacomo Agostini, for the 350cc World Championship.

Toleman

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For the 1984 season, he joined the Toleman racing team with Ayrton Senna as his team mate.
Warwick's performances were rewarded when he signed a contract with the factory Renault team, and his place was taken by the reigning British Formula 3 Champion and Formula One rookie (and future triple World Champion) Ayrton Senna, while Giacomelli's drive was taken by Venezuelan F2 driver and former dual Grand Prix Motorcycle World Champion Johnny Cecotto.

Roberto Ravaglia

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He then traveled to Australia where he finished second in the 1985 James Hardie 1000 at the Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst, driving the BMW 635 CSi he drove at Spa, jointly winning the races "Rookie of the Year" award with his co-driver Roberto Ravaglia.
In his debut race in 1985 he finished a fine second with Venezuelan Johnny Cecotto in the Schnitzer BMW 635 CSi which had earlier in the year finished 2nd at Spa, with both drivers sharing the "Rookie of the Year" award.

Italian Superturismo Championship

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In 1989 he captured the Italian Touring Car Championship.
Established in 1987 under Group A rules the series saw champions like Johnny Cecotto, Roberto Ravaglia and Nicola Larini winning the title before switching to Supertouring regulations in 1993.

1986 European Touring Car Championship

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In 1986 he joined Belgian based factory backed RAS Sport Volvo team in the renamed (for 1986 only) FIA Touring Car Championship driving a turbocharged Volvo 240T.