The premier class nearly men

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A few peo­ple have come very close to break­ing Barry Sheene’s long­stand­ing record since 1981 – but none of them have ever been quite close enough to take home the big prize.

Ron Haslam

Prob­a­bly Bri­tain’s best chance, Haslam took nine podi­ums be­tween 1983 and 1987 in the 500GP class – but never quite made it all the way to the top step. The clos­est he came was a sec­ond place be­hind Randy Mamola at the 1985 Dutch TT.

Niall Macken­zie

Macken­zie’s podium-scor­ing ca­reer spanned from 1987 to 1993, tak­ing seven podi­ums, but never com­ing closer to tak­ing a win than third place at the flag.

Jeremy Mcwil­liams

Not only did Mcwil­liams come close to win­ning the 2000 Bri­tish Grand Prix, he nearly de­nied Valentino Rossi his first ever premier class vic­tory in the process. Lead­ing for much of the race, a late charge from Rossi and Kenny Roberts Jr left him third.

Cal Crutchlow

It might have been Cal that even­tu­ally ended the drought him­self, but he’s come close to do­ing it be­fore now too. Lead­ing the 2013 Ger­man Grand Prix, only a late charge by Mar­quez gave the Spa­niard the win.

Bradley Smith

Much like Crutchlow, a wild gam­ble for Smith in mixed con­di­tions so nearly paid off at last year’s Misano race, when he stayed on slicks for the en­tire race as the rain started to fall. With Scott Red­ding join­ing him on the podium for the first time two Brits had been there to­gether since Sheene and Tom Her­ron in 1979. Marc Mar­quez took the win.

It was so nearly Smith in Misano 2015

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