Johnny Cecotto

Johnny Cecotto

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Johnny Cecotto

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Alberto "Johnny" Cecotto (born January 25, 1956 in Caracas, Venezuela) is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and Formula One driver. The son of Italian immigrants, he was one of the few people to have competed in both motorcycle and Formula One Grand Prix.

Motorcycle racing history

Cecotto had won the Venezuelan National Championship in 1973 and 1974 when he rose to international prominence at the 1975 Daytona 200 motorcycle race with one of the more inspired rides in the history of the event.<ref name="Daytona Gold"> Competing as an unknown rookie aboard an unmodified Yamaha TZ750 sponsored by Yamaha's Venezuelan importer, he qualified in pole position but, a last minute mechanical glitch forced race officials to relegate him to the last row on the starting grid. Cecotto showed impressive riding ability by passing almost the entire field while working his way up to third place by the end of the race.<ref name="Daytona Gold"/>Following Daytona, Cecotto arrived in Europe to compete in the Grand Prix series where, he continued his meteoric rise at the season opening round in France by winning the 250cc and 350cc races in his first ever Grand Prix. He went on to become the...
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