Get­ting go­ing

Classic Racer - - CLASSIC RACER PEOPLE -

For Car­los Lavado the idea of racing and be­ing a racer came from one man who went be­fore him: “It hap­pened of course in Venezuela in 1976, I was in­spired by Ce­cotto. “For my first race I used the 2-stroke twin Yamaha street bike that I used to com­mute from my home to the univer­sity. It had drum brakes at the front, noth­ing re­ally ad­vanced.” In that year Lavado won a na­tional cham­pi­onship called ‘Fuerza Li­bre’, that mixed bikes from 350 to 1000cc. In the fol­low­ing sea­son he was sec­ond in the same cat­e­gory, and then came his de­but in the Venezue­lan 350cc round of the 1978 World Cham­pi­onship. In his ca­reer he won a to­tal of 19 races, gath­ered 42 podi­ums, was on pole po­si­tion 22 times. And also col­lected a num­ber of frac­tures: “I re­mem­ber a big crash in Imola at the Acque Min­er­ali cor­ners, I broke a leg in eight places dur­ing the prac­tice ses­sion. “In 1982 I had an in­ci­dent in Mugello and risked loos­ing a leg be­cause not enough blood was reach­ing one of my feet. Cir­cuits were safer than in the ‘70s, but there of­ten were bar­ri­ers and guard-rails close to the track.”

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