1988

RUGGIA GETS HIS EL­BOW DOWN

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Au­gust 7, Don­ing­ton Park Jean Philippe Ruggia may never have won a world ti­tle, he didn’t even win that many races (three 250 GPS), but he ar­guably achieved some­thing far more ground­break­ing and im­por­tant. He was the first per­son to get his el­bow down! At Don­ing­ton in 1988 he changed ev­ery­thing by scrap­ing his el­bow at Coppice. He fin­ished sixth come race day and bat­tled to seventh in the se­ries but his ser­vices to mo­tor­cy­cling will never be for­got­ten. He made peo­ple change the way they rode and it’s mad to think he was get­ting his el­bow scraped nearly 30 years ago – long be­fore Marc Mar­quez was even a sparkle in his mother’s eye! The yel­low flag-wav­ing mar­shal was also might­ily im­pressed.

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