Seven time World Champion Phil Read passes away

Seven-time FIM Grand Prix Road Racing World Champion and MotoGP™ Legend Phil Read has passed away at the age of 83. Known as the ‘Prince of Speed’, Read was the first ever man to win world titles in the 125, 250 and 500cc classes. By 1964, he had won his first world title – and a first for Yamaha – when he conquered the 250cc championship courtesy of five Grand Prix victories in the quarter litre class. The following season he retained the title as he won seven of the nine 250cc Grands Prix and finished second in the other two. In 1968, Read became a World Champion again, in fact winning two titles as he added the 125cc crown and then another 250cc championship to his list of achievements.

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