1986

THE FIRST EVER BRIT WIN­NER OF BRI­TISH GP

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Au­gust 2, Sil­ver­stone Ian Mccon­nachie made his­tory at Sil­ver­stone by be­com­ing the first Brit to win a Bri­tish GP! The 21-year-old had an epic bat­tle in the 80cc class as ti­tle con­tenders Ste­fan Dor­flinger, Jorge Martinez and Hans Spaan clung on to the Der­byshire star’s coat tails. The fight went down to the wire with Mccon­nachie pip­ping fu­ri­ous team-mate Dor­flinger by a few thou­sandths of a sec­ond. Af­ter his record-set­ting win Mccon­nachie said: “The me­dia at­ten­tion al­lot­ted to the likes of me is pretty poor when com­pared to the Gard­ners and Law­sons of this world. That doesn’t hap­pen in, say, box­ing. Frank Bruno the heavy­weight and Barry Mcguigan the fly­weight get a sim­i­lar amount of cov­er­age. That’s what I’d like to see for bikes.” He went on to fin­ish sixth in the ti­tle chase and the 80cc GP class was axed in 1989. Mccon­nachie cam­paigned in 125 GPS in 1988 and 1991 but never achieved the heights of that heady, his­tory-mak­ing day in 1986.

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