Gilberto Parlotti

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Gilberto Parlotti
Gilberto Parlotti.JPG
Nationality Italian
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 19691972
First race 1969 50cc Spanish Grand Prix
Last race 1972 125cc Isle of Man TT
First win 1970 125cc Czechoslovakian Grand Prix
Last win 1972 125cc French Grand Prix
Team(s) Benelli, Derbi, Ducati, Morbidelli, Morini, Tomos
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
19 4 12 N/A 8 186

Gilberto Parlotti (17 September 1940 – 9 June 1972) was born in Zero Branco, Treviso, Italy and was an Italian motorcycle racer competing in the FIM World Championship between 1969 and 1972 racing with Benelli, Derbi, Morbidelli and Tomos motorcycles.

During the 1972 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season, after winning the first two 125cc races of the season in West Germany and France, Parlotti decided to race at the 1972 Isle of Man TT Races to take advantage of his main championship rival Angel Nieto's absence from the Isle of Man Mountain Course.[1] While lying in first place on the second lap during the 1972 125cc Ultra-Lightweight TT race held in heavy rain, Gilberto Parlotti crashed his 125cc Morbidelli motorcycle at the Verandah section on the A18 Mountain Road and hit a newly installed fence post. He died from his injuries.[2]

The death of Gilberto Parolotti helped bring about the end of the Isle of Man TT Races as a world championship event. After his death, his close friend Giacomo Agostini announced he would never again race at the Isle of Man TT Races because he considered it too unsafe to be a part of the FIM World Motorcycle Championship calendar. At the time, the Isle of Man TT was the most prestigious race on the world championship calendar. Other top riders joined his boycott of the event and by 1976, the event was dropped from the Grand Prix championship schedule. From 1973 any weather conditions that would not allow a rescue helicopter to take-off would lead to the race start being delayed or cancelled at any Isle of Man TT Race.[3]

Motorcycle Grand Prix results [4][edit]

Points system from 1969 to 1987:

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Points 15 12 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1

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

Year Class Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Points Rank Wins
1969 50cc Tomos ESP
8
GER
6
FRA
8
IOM
-
NED
3
BEL
-
DDR
2
CZE
4
FIN
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
YUG
-
31 6th 0
250cc Benelli ESP
-
GER
-
FRA
-
IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
-
DDR
-
CZE
-
FIN
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
YUG
12
12 15th 0
1970 50cc Tomos GER
10
FRA
-
YUG
-
IOM
-
NED
5
BEL
-
DDR
-
FIN
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
ESP
-
15 9th 0
125cc Morbidelli GER
-
YUG
-
IOM
-
NED
-
DDR
-
CZE
15
FIN
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
ESP
-
15 11th 1
1971 50cc Derbi AUT
-
GER
-
IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
-
DDR
-
SWE
-
FIN
12
ULS
-
NAT
10
ESP
-
22 8th 0
125cc Morbidelli AUT
12
GER
12
IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
-
DDR
-
CZE
-
SWE
-
FIN
-
ULS
-
NAT
15
ESP
-
39 8th 1
1972 125cc Morbidelli GER
15
FRA
15
AUT
12
NAT
10
IOM
DNF
YUG
-
NED
-
BEL
-
DDR
-
CZE
-
SWE
-
FIN
-
ESP
-
52 5th 2

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Motocourse History of the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy Races 1907–1989 by Nick Harris pp148 (1990)(1st Edition) Hazelton Publishing ISBN 0-905138-71-6
  2. ^ Mona's Herald pp4 dated 13th June 1972
  3. ^ Italian Racing Motor-Cycles by Mick Walker pp147 (1999)(1st Edition) Redline Books ISBN 0-9531311-1-4
  4. ^ "Rider Statistics – Gilberto Parlotti". MotoGP.com. Retrieved 2008-09-05. 

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