Gábor Talmácsi

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Gábor Talmácsi
Gabor Talmacsi 2010 Assen.jpg
Talmácsi at the 2010 Dutch TT.
Nationality Hungary Hungarian
Born (1981-05-28) May 28, 1981 (age 33)
Budapest (Hungary)
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years 2009
Manufacturers Honda
Championships 0
2009 Championship position 17th (19 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
12 0 0 0 0 19
Moto2 World Championship
Active years 2010
Manufacturers Speed Up-Honda
Championships 0
2010 Championship position 6th (109 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
17 0 1 1 0 109
250cc World Championship
Active years 2009
Manufacturers Aprilia
Championships 0
2009 Championship position 18th (28 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
3 0 0 0 0 28
125cc World Championship
Active years 2000-2008
Manufacturers Honda, Aprilia, KTM, Malaguti
Championships 1 (2007)
2008 Championship position 3rd (206pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
130 9 25 10 9 972
Supersport World Championship
Active years 2012-
Manufacturers Honda
Championships 0
2012 Championship position 13th (44 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
13 0 0 0 0 48
The native form of this personal name is Talmácsi Gábor. This article uses the Western name order.

Gábor Talmácsi (born (1981-05-28)May 28, 1981 in Budapest, Hungary) is a former Hungarian professional motorcycle racer. He was the 2007 Grand Prix motorcycle racing 125cc World Champion, and he is thus the first Hungarian to win a road racing World Championship. He has a younger brother, Gergő, who is also a motorcycle racer. Due to a leg injury suffered in 2013, Gabor has retired from racing professionally. After retiring from racing he set up his own team, Talmacsi Racing which competes in the European Superstock 600 Championship and races with the Honda CBR600RR.

Racing career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Gábor competed in boxing, but started racing on minibikes made by his father at the age of 4. After successful seasons in the Hungarian and the European championship, he had his first full season in the World Championship in 2001, with the Racing Service team, on a private Honda bike. That year he scored 34 points, which earned him a place the next year on the Italjet team, but the change wasn't a real success, and during the season he had to switch to the PEV ADAC Sachsen team, where he could ride a Honda again. This change worked a bit better, and in Brazil, he scored his best result that far with a fourth place.

In 2003 he signed for the reigning world champion Exalt Cycle Aprilia team, but did not reach the success he expected, and often felt he was given not the same bike and treatment by the team as his German teammate, Steve Jenkner. Gábor wanted to be a team's leading pilot, so he decided to join the factory Malaguti team for the next season. However, the bike was not competitive at all and his best finish was a 7th place in Portugal. Nevertheless, his results still attracted the attention of teams like Derbi, Gilera, Honda and KTM.

2005: The First Podiums and Wins[edit]

Joining for 2005 the Red Bull KTM team gave him the real breakthrough, getting his first victory after a last lap fall from teammate Mika Kallio and Héctor Faubel in Mugello. He scored two others: at Assen and Qatar - the latter became infamous for his last lap overtaking of Kallio. With four races to go the Finn still had a real chance to beat Thomas Lüthi for the title, Gábor only mathematical, so the team asked him to help his teammate scoring as many points as possible. But after safely leading during the whole race, at the finish Talmácsi overtook Kallio, claiming at the post race press conference he thought they still had one lap to go. He had already a contract offered by the manufacturer to race their factory 250 cc bike the forthcoming season, but after this the offer has been withdrawn, giving the bikes later to Manuel Poggiali and Hiroshi Aoyama. The decision might have been inspired by the fact that Kallio was beaten by Lüthi in the title-chase by only five points — the difference in the championship points gained by the first and second riders. Gábor finished the season in third place in the standings.

2006: at Humangest Honda[edit]

Inspired by the fact that the last three world champion in the class rode a Honda, he accepted the offer of Humangest Honda team to ride a fully factory bike for them. But the Japanese manufacturer did not develop almost a thing on their 125 cc bike for the new season, so Aprilia had a huge advantage, which could be seen in the season's results. Álvaro Bautista became world champion easily, his only real opponent being Kallio on the KTM, and sometimes his own teammates. Talmácsi fought a season-best third place in Brno, his "home" Grand Prix, but that was the most he could get out of his bike.

2007: Winning the World Championship at Aspar Aprilia[edit]

Season line-up[edit]

Before the end of the season, he was given an offer from Jorge "Aspar" Martínez's team to ride one of their bikes in 2007. Team Aspar was arguably the best team in the class in 2007: they gave the world champion and the runner-up riders and also won the teams' competition.

Talmácsi raced with a previously developed Aprilia engine, the so-called RSW, while his Spanish teammates, Héctor Faubel and Sergio Gadea used the new RSA engine which proved to be a bit faster but less reliable than the older one. Mattia Pasini's 2007 season demonstrated the low reliability of the engine with his motor problems which forced him to retire from many races in the beginning of the season. This may have cost him the world championship title, because later he showed great competitiveness (9 pole positions and 4 wins). The only RSA rider not having suffered serious mechanical problems was Héctor Faubel. His RSA Aprilia bike proved to be very effective in winning races by overtaking his opponents after the last corner of the races (e.g. in Qatar, Italy, the Czech Republic and Portugal).

Race history[edit]

Talmácsi riding an Aprilia during second qualifying at the 2007 British Grand Prix at Donington Park.

The season started very positively for Talmácsi. After a very successful testing period, he started with a second place in the opening race of Qatar, then he won the Spanish GP of Jerez overtaking Lukáš Pešek of Derbi before the finish line. On the third race held at Istanbul Park Circuit he ended fifth after a small incident with Raffaele de Rosa, but could increase his lead in the World Championship, due to his opponents finishing behind him (Héctor Faubel suffered a clash from de Rosa at one of the Italian's aggressive manoeuvres). On his 100th GP in Shanghai, China, he had some smaller technical problems with his bike due to which he could not achieve the podium, arriving fourth. This cost him losing his championship lead to Lukáš Pešek who grabbed his maiden win on the race. In the next two races he could not get to the podium and arrived again in fourth place. In the Catalan GP of Barcelona his two main rivals by that time, Faubel and Pešek crashed into each other whereas Talmácsi arrived second, thus returning to the rostrum after Jerez and again leading the world championship by 13 points. However, in the next grand prix at Donington Park, UK, he could not finish the race due to a motor problem. In Assen he arrived third behind Héctor Faubel.

The German GP at the Sachsenring was the race most dominantly won by Talmácsi in 2007 with a pole position, fastest lap of the race and a formidable advantage throughout the whole grand prix. In his "home grand prix" in Brno, Czech Republic (there were about 30,000 Hungarian supporters there) his performance appeared to be quite dominant with a pole position, however in the race he could not ride as fast as expected and in the tough battle at the end of the race he achieved fourth place whereas Faubel won. The San Marinese GP at Misano was a dramatic one and caused some controversy. In the penultimate lap of the race the Italian Simone Corsi, Héctor Faubel and Gábor Talmácsi (who had some illness throughout the weekend and wasn't in a perfect physical state) were battling for second place (the race was led by Mattia Pasini). Corsi and Faubel crashed while Talmácsi could keep going and finished in second place, again leading the championship before Faubel, who did not score after arriving in 17th place.

The Portuguese GP was another slipstream victory for Héctor Faubel, overtaking Talmácsi after the last corner. In Motegi, Japan the race in wet conditions was won by Pasini with Talmácsi arriving second and Faubel third. The Spaniard was satisfied with his performance which was probably his best ever in a rainy race. The lowest finishing position of the whole season (not calculating the United Kingdom where his engine problem impeded him from finishing), 8th place, met Talmácsi in Australia, where he had problems with finding the right setup for the new suspension of his motorcycle. Before that, he showed great stability: his lowest position was 5th in the third race of the season, Turkey, and even if he won less races than Faubel and Pasini, he was leading the championship. After the race he kept only a single point of his lead against Héctor Faubel, who finished third after Lukáš Pešek and Joan Olivé.

At Sepang, Malaysia, penultimate race of the season, Faubel had pole position with Talmácsi starting second. However, in the race the Hungarian was leading from the end of the first lap until the end of the race with a significant advantage over the other riders. Faubel arrived third after the Japanese KTM rider, Tomoyoshi Koyama (winner at Montmeló). Talmácsi's Valencian teammate was complaining about the bike and had to finish the race knowing that the Hungarian will have a 10-point advantage at the last race of the season in Cheste, Valencia. In Valencia the race started with Talmácsi in pole and in an absolutely tense race where Faubel tried everything, the Hungarian arrived second behind his rival and thus became the 2007 world champion, the first motorcycle world champion of Hungary, and the centre-east region of Europe. The party to celebrate his success back in Budapest was known as "Talmageddon". He was named 2007 Hungarian Sportsman of the Year for his achievements.

2008[edit]

Talmácsi signed a two-year contract with Team Aspar to race in their 125cc team in 2008 with an RSA Aprilia motorcycle, and unconditionally move to the 250cc team of Jorge "Aspar" Martínez in 2009. 2008 started badly, but he hit form to move up to 3rd in the championship — despite a wrist injury at Indianapolis — by winning 3 races and scoring 9 podium finishes.

2009[edit]

Gábor Talmácsi started the season in the 250cc class (his best result being 4th in the wet Japanese Grand Prix), but left Aspar's Balatonring Team after three races following a row over image rights. Having gained the backing of Hungarian oil company MOL Group, Talmácsi moved to the Team Scot MotoGP team starting with the sixth race of the season at Circuit de Catalunya.[1] First he joined the team as the team-mate of Yuki Takahashi, but since Laguna Seca, Talmácsi was the one and only rider of Team Scot. He scored his first championship point in Germany, and he finished ahead of notable riders Chris Vermeulen, Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden in Donington Park, in wet conditions.

Career statistics[edit]

Grand Prix motorcycle racing[edit]

By season[edit]

Year Class Team Position No. of Races Points Victories Podiums Pole Positions Fastest Laps
2000 125cc Honda NC 1 0 - - - -
2001 125cc Racing Service Honda 18th 16 34 - - - -
2002 125cc Italjet / PEV Moto ADAC Sachsen Honda 22nd 15 20 - - - -
2003 125cc Exalt Cycle Aprilia 14th 16 70 - - - -
2004 125cc Semprucci Malaguti 17th 16 43 - - - -
2005 125cc Red Bull KTM 3rd 16 198 3 5 1 1
2006 125cc Humangest Racing Team-Honda 7th 16 119 - 1 - -
2007 125cc Bancaja Aspar Aprilia 1st 17 282 3 10 5 6
2008 125cc Bancaja Aspar Aprilia 3rd 17 206 3 9 4 2
2009 250cc Balatonring Team 18th 3 28 0 0 0 0
MotoGP Scot Racing Team 17th 12 19 0 0 0 0
2010 Moto2 Fimmco Speed Up 6th 17 109 0 1 1 0

By class[edit]

Class Season 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Race Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts WChmp
125cc 2000-2008 2000 Czech Republic 2005 China 2005 Italy 130 9 25 10 9 972 1
250cc 2009 2009 Qatar N/A N/A 3 0 0 0 0 28 0
Moto2 2010 2010 Qatar 2010 Aragon N/A 17 0 1 1 0 109 0
MotoGP 2009 2009 Catalunya N/A N/A 12 0 0 0 0 19 0
Total 2000-2010 162 9 26 11 9 1128 1

Races by year[edit]

(Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap of the race)

Year Class Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Points
1997 125cc Honda MAL JPN SPA ITA AUT FRA NED IMO GER BRA GBR CZE
DNQ
CAT INA AUS NC 0
2000 125cc Honda RSA MAL JPN SPA FRA ITA CAT NED GBR GER CZE
20
POR VAL BRA PAC AUS NC 0
2001 125cc Honda JPN
23
RSA
21
SPA
17
FRA
16
ITA
14
CAT
17
NED
Ret
GBR
10
GER
18
CZE
9
POR
12
VAL
11
PAC
6
AUS
28
MAL
20
BRA
Ret
18th 34
2002 125cc Italjet JPN
Ret
RSA
18
SPA
20
FRA
Ret
ITA
Ret
CAT 22nd 20
Honda NED
15
GBR
Ret
GER
18
CZE
11
POR
Ret
BRA
4
PAC
21
MAL
Ret
AUS
16
VAL
15
2003 125cc Aprilia JPN
14
RSA
Ret
SPA
Ret
FRA
Ret
ITA
Ret
CAT
9
NED
9
GBR
9
GER
6
CZE
11
POR
7
BRA
8
PAC
14
MAL
14
AUS
9
VAL
12
14th 70
2004 125cc Malaguti RSA
Ret
SPA
Ret
FRA
16
ITA
13
CAT
17
NED
17
BRA
19
GER
16
GBR
13
CZE
Ret
POR
7
JPN
8
QAT
Ret
MAL
8
AUS
11
VAL
9
17th 43
2005 125cc KTM SPA
5
POR
Ret
CHN
3
FRA
6
ITA
1
CAT
4
NED
1
GBR
Ret
GER
4
CZE
9
JPN
Ret
MAL
5
QAT
1
AUS
7
TUR
4
VAL
2
3rd 198
2006 125cc Honda SPA
8
QAT
11
TUR
6
CHN
4
FRA
17
ITA
8
CAT
8
NED
11
GBR
10
GER
14
CZE
3
MAL
8
AUS
9
JPN
9
POR
8
VAL
9
7th 119
2007 125cc Aprilia QAT
2
SPA
1
TUR
5
CHN
4
FRA
4
ITA
4
CAT
2
GBR
Ret
NED
3
GER
1
CZE
4
RSM
2
POR
2
JPN
2
AUS
8
MAL
1
VAL
2
1st 282
2008 125cc Aprilia QAT
12
SPA
Ret
POR
6
CHN
3
FRA
14
ITA
2
CAT
3
GBR
Ret
NED
1
GER
3
CZE
4
RSM
1
IND
14
JPN
3
AUS
3
MAL
1
VAL
Ret
3rd 206
2009 250cc Aprilia QAT
10
JPN
4
SPA
7
FRA ITA 18th 28
MotoGP Honda CAT
17
NED
16
USA
Ret
GER
15
GBR
12
CZE
13
IND
14
RSM
14
POR
14
AUS
13
MAL
14
VAL
16
17th 19
2010 Moto2 Speed Up QAT
9
SPA
9
FRA
5
ITA
7
GBR
Ret
NED
13
CAT
11
GER
6
CZE
6
IND
8
RSM
7
ARA
3
JPN
21
MAL
Ret
AUS
18
POR
8
VAL
10
6th 109

Supersport World Championship[edit]

By year[edit]

(key)

Year Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pos Pts
2012 Honda AUS
ITA
NED
ITA
EUR
SMR
15
SPA
9
CZE
12
GBR
10
RUS
8
GER
6
POR
15
FRA
9
13th 44
2013 Honda AUS
DNS
SPA
Ret
NED
16
ITA
19
GBR
12
POR
Ret
ITA RUS GBR GER TUR FRA SPA 27th 4

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Álvaro Bautista
125cc Motorcycle World Champion
2007
Succeeded by
Mike Di Meglio
Awards
Preceded by
László Cseh
Hungarian Sportsman of The Year
2007
Succeeded by
Attila Vajda