CARTER’S GOT IT IN THE B… OOPS!
August 4, Silverstone Alan Carter stunned the motorcycling world with his epic 1983 French GP win at just 18 years of age, but he’d failed to capitalise on that… until one summer day in 1985. Although you wouldn’t have guessed it was summer as the torrential rain soaked Silverstone and nearly 70,000 brave souls. Carter had been having another one of his up and down years, but he had the bit between the teeth as the 250 GP screamed into life. He hit the front and looked determined to take a flag-to-flag win ahead of superstars Freddie Spencer and Anton Mang who were duelling for the world title. Carter looked unstoppable as he slithered his way to a massive 11-second lead by the 13th lap. But with 11 laps to go he crashed. He remounted but his bike was badly damaged. He managed to fight back through the field, to finish seventh, despite losing a footrest and battling with bent bars. Carter never won another GP.