Garry McCoy

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Garry McCoy
IlmorX3-001.jpg
Garry McCoy on the Ilmor X3
Nationality Australian
Born (1972-04-18) 18 April 1972 (age 42)
Sydney, New South Wales
Website garrymccoy.tv

Garry McCoy (born 18 April 1972 in Sydney, New South Wales) is an Australian former professional motorcycle racer. He has won races in the 125 cc and 500 cc World Championships, as well as in the Superbike World Championship. He is noted for his oversteering style of riding, earning him the nickname "The Slide King".[1][2]

Career[edit]

McCoy was born in Sydney and in his late teens was a Motorcycle speedway rider in his home state of New South Wales, racing alongside such riders as Todd Wiltshire and Craig Boyce. McCoy mostly rode in Division 2 races at tracks like the now closed Newcastle Motordrome. He finished second in the NSW Div 2 championship in November 1990.

He raced in his first 125 cc world championship races in 1992, only four months after his first road race of any kind. He entered the full season the year after, though he missed races through injury in both 1993 and 1994. He won the 1995 Malaysian Grand Prix and the Australian Grand Prix as well as 7 other top-3 finishes and one pole position. In 1996 he signed to privateer Team Bramich and rode a 748s Ducati. It was a great year for McCoy as he learnt from team director, Don Bramich, the fundamentals for managing a successful team.

In 1998 he raced in 500 cc for the first time, with a Shell Advance Honda. He scored points in six of the nine races he started before a broken ankle ended his season. He was out of a ride at the start of 1999, and considered returning to cabinet-making,[3] but he joined WCM mid-season, and finished third at Valencia Grand Prix, though his best result elsewhere was seventh.

2000 was a breakout season for Garry with WCM, as he opened the year with a shock win at the South African Grand Prix at Welkom. He had been the only rider to get the 16'5-inch Michelin tyre working to full effect, with his sideways riding style and slight build ideally suited to it. There were two further wins that year at Portugal and Valencia to help secure a fifth place finish in the 500 championship.[4][5] 2001 was ruined by a broken wrist sustained at the French Grand Prix, and 2002 was not a huge success either, resulting in him joining Kawasaki's factory team. This was hugely disappointing; McCoy only scored points three times, and he and team-mates Andrew Pitt and Alex Hofmann rarely qualified in the top 15.

For 2004 he joined NCR Ducati in the Superbike World Championship,[6] winning at Philip Island[7] and finishing 6th overall. He raced for Carl Fogarty's Foggy Petronas team in 2005, as the team attempted to make its 900 cc 3 cylinder bike competitive. After 9 rounds his best finish was 12th, and he has qualified for Superpole and a top-16 starting spot 4 times. Results did not improve, and he had no road racing ride for 2006, instead contesting some Supercross.[8]

McCoy worked as a test rider for Ilmor's 2007 Ilmor X3 800 cc MotoGP prototype, competing in the final two rounds of the 2006 MotoGP season as a wildcard.[9] [1] He was expected to ride for Ilmor in 2007, but Andrew Pitt and an injured, 42-year-old Jeremy McWilliams were chosen instead.[10]

In 2008 McCoy joined Triumph's new Supersport World Championship campaign on the Daytona 675 bike. He failed to finish the first race in Losail due to a mechanical failure.[11] He finished 6th in the Philip Island race and retired from the Valencia race. A huge crash at Brno when he struck the slowing bike of one-time team-mate Andrew Pitt threatened to end his season[12]

In 2009 at the Donington circuit McCoy scored the first podium for Triumph with 3rd place. He was back on the podium with another third at the WSS final round for 2009 in Portimao, Portugal, finishing the season 8th overall.

Initial expectations were that McCoy would continue with the team for the 2010 season, however he was not a part of the four-rider lineup. The team stated that he had left by 'mutual consent', however McCoy denied this and claimed that the departure was news to him[13]

In 2010 McCoy was set to make his return to MotoGP with the FB Corse Team with a two-year deal that would have marked his 18 years in competition. However the team failed to get its three-cylinder 800cc project into competitive shape and on June 7, 2010 McCoy announced their contract had been terminated by mutual consent.

Grand Prix career statistics[edit]

All stats according to MotoGP.com[14]

Season Class Motorcycle Team Race Win Podium Pole FLap Pts Plcd
1992 125cc Honda RS125 3 0 0 0 0 0 -
1993 125cc Honda RS125 12 0 0 0 0 25 19th
1994 125cc Aprilia RS125 10 0 2 0 0 56 13th
1995 125cc Honda RS125 4 1 1 0 0 16 13th
1996 125cc Aprilia RS125 15 1 2 0 0 87 12th
1997 125cc Aprilia RS125 15 0 1 1 0 109 7th
1998 500cc Honda NSR500 Shell Advance Racing 10 0 0 0 0 23 17th
1999 500cc Yamaha YZR500 WCM 10 0 1 0 0 65 14th
2000 500cc Yamaha YZR500 WCM 16 3 6 1 1 161 5th
2001 500cc Yamaha YZR500 WCM 11 0 3 0 0 88 12th
2002 MotoGP Yamaha YZR500 WCM 12 0 0 0 0 33 20th
2003 MotoGP Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR Kawasaki Racing Team 16 0 0 0 0 11 22nd
2004 MotoGP Aprilia RS Cube MS Aprilia Racing 3 0 0 0 0 0 -
2006 MotoGP Ilmor X3 Ilmor SRT 2 0 0 0 0 2 22nd

Grand Prix motorcycle racing[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Points Rank
1992 125cc Honda JPN
AUS
Ret
MAL
Ret
ESP
ITA
EUR
GER
NED
Ret
HUN
FRA
GBR
BRA
RSA
0 -
1993 125cc Honda AUS
10
MAL
Ret
JPN
Ret
ESP
AUT
GER
22
NED
16
EUR
Ret
RSM
16
GBR
14
CZE
14
ITA
16
USA
7
FIM
10
25 19th
1994 125cc Aprilia AUS
3
MAL
12
JPN
9
ESP
11
AUT
3
GER
DNS
NED
8
ITA
Ret
FRA
17
GBR
Ret
CZE
16
USA
ARG
EUR
156 13th
1995 125cc Honda AUS
Ret
MAL
1
JPN
Ret
ESP
14
GER
ITA
NED
FRA
GBR
CZE
BRA
ARG
EUR
16 13th
1996 125cc Aprilia MAL
12
INA
Ret
JPN
Ret
ESP
Ret
ITA
20
FRA
9
NED
18
GER
Ret
GBR
14
AUT
Ret
CZE
11
IMO
4
CAT
2
BRA
5
AUS
1
87 12th
1997 125cc Aprilia MAL
Ret
JPN
7
ESP'
Ret
ITA
3
AUT
4
FRA
3
NED
Ret
IMO
4
GER
Ret
BRA
13
GBR
4
CZE
11
CAT
9
INA
9
AUS
9
109 7th
1998 500cc Honda JPN
Ret
MAL
10
ESP
15
ITA
13
FRA
17
MAD
11
NED
11
GBR
13
GER
Ret
CZE
IMO
CAT
AUS
Ret
ARG
23 17th
1999 500cc Yamaha MAL
JPN
ESP
FRA
ITA
CAT
NED
15
GBR
Ret
GER
11
CZE
8
IMO
9
VAL
3
AUS
7
RSA
8
BRA
8
ARG
13
165 14th
2000 500cc Yamaha RSA
1
MAL
3
JPN
9
ESP
Ret
FRA
4
ITA
Ret
CAT
16
NED
15
GBR
17
GER
10
CZE
3
POR
1
VAL
1
BRA
3
PAC
Ret
AUS
5
161 5th
2001 500cc Yamaha JPN
2
RSA
Ret
SPA
9
FRA
DNS
ITA
CAT
DNS
NED
DNS
GBR
GER
11
CZE
6
POR
3
VAL
12
PAC
12
AUS
Ret
MAL
3
BRA
10
88 12th
2002 MotoGP Yamaha JPN
Ret
RSA
10
SPA
15
FRA
ITA
CAT
NED
GBR
12
GER
9
CZE
13
POR
11
BRA
10
PAC
17
MAL
15
AUS
18
VAL
Ret
33 20th
2003 MotoGP Kawasaki JPN
16
RSA
17
SPA
18
FRA
9
ITA
15
CAT
17
NED
18
GBR
16
GER
16
CZE
18
POR
Ret
BRA
Ret
PAC
Ret
MAL
19
AUS
13
VAL
19
11 22nd
2004 MotoGP Aprilia RSA
SPA
FRA
ITA
CAT
NED
BRA
GER
GBR
CZE
POR
JPN
QAT
MAL
16
AUS
Ret
VAL
16
0 -
2006 MotoGP Ilmor SPA QAT TUR CHN FRA ITA CAT NED GBR GER USA CZE MAL AUS JPN POR
15
VAL
15
2 22nd

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Garry McCoy". Moto-rider.net. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  2. ^ "Gary McCoy Sliding The Ninja ZX-RR. – AOL Video". Video.aol.com. Retrieved 2008-10-27. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Motorcycle News from Australia". Dropbears.com. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  4. ^ "BBC SPORT | MOTORSPORT | McCoy triumphs in Valencia". News.bbc.co.uk. Sunday, 17 September 2000, 14:36 GMT 15:36 UK. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  5. ^ "BBC SPORT | MOTORSPORT | McCoy wins in Portugal". News.bbc.co.uk. Sunday, 3 September 2000, 14:56 GMT 15:56 UK. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  6. ^ "McCoy slides to World Superbikes. | MOTOGP Features | Crash.Net". Crash.net. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  7. ^ "WSB: Laconi and McCoy win - MotorcycleUSA.com". Motorcycle-usa.com. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  8. ^ "Motorcycling Australia | Garry McCoy to race in 2006 Supermoto World Championship". Ma.org.au. Archived from the original on 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  9. ^ Ilmor confirms McCoy, Michelin article from Crash.net, Retrieved 18 December 2006
  10. ^ Ilmor Announce Team Manager official press release, Retrieved 18 December 2006
  11. ^ "Qatar World Supersport: Broc Parkes wins in dramatic fashion while Craig Jones gets podium spot – Motorcycle Sport". Motorcyclenews.com. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  12. ^ http://www.superbike-news.co.uk/absolutenm/anmviewer.asp?a=12514&z=1
  13. ^ McCoy shocked by Triumph reversal
  14. ^ "Garry McCoy". MotoGP.com. Retrieved 2012-05-30. 

External links[edit]

  • garrymccoy.tv – Official website
  • Management : Stephanie Steinbrecht-Aleix