Cirillo "Nello" Pagani
(11 October 1911 – 19 October 2003) was an Italian Grand Prix motorcycle road racer
and Formula One
driver. He was born in Milan
, and died in Bresso
He was known for his long career, spanning from 1928 to 1955, and for becoming the first 125cc World Champion
in the inaugural 1949
campaign . He almost became a double Champion in that first year of the World Championship series. In the 500cc class he was officially runner-up. The series was run over six rounds with a rider's best 3 scores counting towards the championship. Englishman Les Graham
on an AJS
, was Pagani's main rival. Although Pagani scored more overall points than Graham, he lost the championship with two wins and a third place as his scores that counted, whilst Graham had two wins and a second.
Pagani's car racing exploits resulted in wins at the Pau Grand Prix
in 1947 and 1948, before his single Formula One
World Championship Grand Prix, on 4 June 1950 . He came in seventh place and scored no championship points. He also finished fourth in the Modena Grand Prix that year.
Motorcycle Grand Prix results
1949 point system:Points system from 1950 to 1968:5 best results were counted up until 1955.
) (Races in italics
indicate fastest lap)
Complete Formula One World Championship results
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