1985

CARTER’S GOT IT IN THE B… OOPS!

Motorcycle News (UK) - - 2016 Motorgp Silverstone Preview -

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.

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