Luca Cadalora

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Luca Cadalora
Luca Cadalora 1993 Japanese GP.jpg
Luca Cadalora on the Yamaha YZR500
Nationality Italy Italian
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 1984 - 2000
First race 1984 125cc Nations Grand Prix
Last race 2000 500cc Czech Grand Prix
First win 1986 125cc West German Grand Prix
Last win 1996 500cc German Grand Prix
Team(s) MBA, Garelli, Yamaha, Honda, MuZ, Modenas
Championships 125cc – 1986
250cc – 1991, 1992
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
195 34 72 29 30 1932

Luca Cadalora (born May 17, 1963) is an Italian former Grand Prix motorcycle road racing world champion.

Racing career[edit]

Cadalora was born in Modena, Emilia Romagna.

He began his professional motorcycle racing career in 1984, riding an MBA in the 125cc world championship. In 1986, he won the 125cc World Championship while riding for the Garelli factory racing team. His success earned him a promotion to the 250cc class with Giacomo Agostini's Marlboro Yamaha factory racing team in 1986. In 1991, Cadalora switched to the Rothmans Honda factory racing team and won the 250cc World Championship aboard an Erv Kanemoto-tuned Honda NSR250.[1][2] He successfully defended his title with Honda in 1992, claiming his third world championship.

In 1993 he rose to the blue riband 500cc division as Wayne Rainey's team mate in the Kenny Roberts-Yamaha team.[2] In three seasons on the Roberts Yamaha, he displayed flashes of brilliance, finishing as high as second to Mick Doohan in 1994. Cadalora rejoined Kanemoto for the 1996 season racing a Honda NSR500. Despite lacking any major sponsors, he still managed to finish the season in third place aboard the Kanemoto-Honda.[1][2]

For the 1997 season, he got a contract as official Yamaha rider in the new Promotor Racing team backed by an Austrian businessman. However,after few races the team failed due to financial problems. WCM rescued the team with the help of a Red Bull sponsorship and Cadalora ended the season in sixth place. At the beginning of the 1998 season, WCM and Cadalora lost Yamaha official support. He returned to the Rainey-Yamaha works team for a few races to replace an injured Jean-Michel Bayle, then helped develop the new MuZ race bike. In 1999 he was again with MuZ. Cadalora finished his career with Kenny Roberts' Modenas team in 2000.[1][2]

In an era rich in talent with competitors such as Doohan, Rainey and Schwantz, Cadalora was considered an enigma.[3] Capable of defeating the best riders in the world on certain days, he would just as often post poor results. Cadalora lacked consistency at the highest levels of the sport.[3] He retired with 34 Grand Prix victories in three different classes.[1]

Races by year[edit]

Grand Prix career statistics [1][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

Points system from 1988 to 1992:

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Points 20 17 15 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Points system from 1993 onwards:

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Points 25 20 16 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

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

Year Class Team Machine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points Rank Wins
1984 125cc ELIT MBA MBA 125 NAT
5
ESP
NC
GER
2
FRA
12
NED
NC
GBR
6
SWE
NC
RSM
7
27 8th 0
1985 125cc Team Italia MBA MBA 125 ESP
NC
GER
NC
NAT
DNF
AUT
30
NED
7
BEL
-
FRA
-
GBR
11
SWE
-
RSM
-
4 17th 0
1986 125cc Team Italia Garelli Garelli 125 ESP
4
NAT
4
GER
1
AUT
1
NED
1
BEL
NC
FRA
1
GBR
3
SWE
2
RSM
2
BWU
2
122 1st 4
1987 250cc Marlboro Yamaha TZ250 JPN
13
ESP
2
GER
5
NAT
11
AUT
NC
YUG
-
NED
15
FRA
15
GBR
NC
SWE
2
CZE
5
RSM
2
POR
9
BRA
6
ARG
4
63 7th 0
1988 250cc Marlboro Yamaha TZ250 JPN
NC
USA
6
ESP
7
EXP
NC
NAT
5
GER
1
AUT
7
NED
4
BEL
8
YUG
5
FRA
6
GBR
1
SWE
NC
CZE
3
BRA
DNF
138 6th 2
1989 250cc Marlboro Yamaha TZ250 JPN
3
AUS
3
USA
3
ESP
1
NAT
NC
GER
11
AUT
NC
YUG
DNF
NED
NC
BEL
5
FRA
11
GBR
NC
SWE
5
CZE
6
BRA
1
127 5th 2
500cc Marlboro Yamaha YZR500 JPN
-
AUS
-
USA
-
ESP
-
NAT
-
GER
-
AUT
-
YUG
-
NED
-
BEL
-
FRA
-
GBR
8
SWE
-
CZE
-
BRA
-
8 26th 0
1990 250cc Marlboro Yamaha TZ250 JPN
1
USA
2
ESP
2
NAT
NC
GER
10
AUT
1
YUG
4
NED
NC
BEL
NC
FRA
2
GBR
1
SWE
4
CZE
4
HUN
4
AUS
3
184 3rd 3
1991 250cc Rothmans Honda NSR250 JPN
1
AUS
1
USA
1
ESP
2
ITA
1
GER
4
AUT
5
EUR
1
NED
2
FRA
5
GBR
1
RSM
1
CZE
3
VDM
3
MAL
1
237 1st 8
1992 250cc Rothmans Honda NSR250 JPN
1
AUS
1
MAL
1
ESP
4
ITA
1
EUR
1
GER
4
NED
2
HUN
1
FRA
3
GBR
4
BRA
1
RSA
6
203 1st 7
1993 500cc Marlboro Yamaha YZR500 AUS
8
MAL
NC
JPN
DNF
ESP
5
AUT
5
GER
8
NED
7
EUR
15
RSM
5
GBR
1
CZE
2
ITA
1
USA
3
FIM
DNF
145 5th 2
1994 500cc Marlboro Yamaha YZR500 AUS
2
MAL
4
JPN
4
ESP
DNF
AUT
22
GER
-
NED
9
ITA
2
FRA
7
GBR
3
CZE
3
USA
1
ARG
6
EUR
1
174 2nd 2
1995 500cc Marlboro Yamaha YZR500 AUS
4
MAL
DNF
JPN
4
ESP
2
GER
2
ITA
12
NED
7
FRA
2
GBR
5
CZE
1
BRA
1
ARG
3
EUR
DNF
176 3rd 2
1996 500cc Kanemoto Honda NSR500 MAL
1
INA
6
JPN
DNF
ESP
2
ITA
3
FRA
6
NED
DNF
GER
1
GBR
9
AUT
4
CZE
DNF
IMO
6
CAT
4
BRA
6
AUS
7
168 3rd 2
1997 500cc Promotor Yamaha YZR500 MAL
4
JPN
11
ESP
11
129 6th 0
WCM Yamaha ITA
2
AUT
3
FRA
DNF
NED
DNF
IMO
6
GER
DNF
BRA
3
GBR
5
CZE
2
CAT
4
INA
DNF
AUS
DNF
1998 500cc Rainey Yamaha YZR500 JPN
-
MAL
-
ESP
-
ITA
-
FRA
6
MAD
DNF
10 23rd 0
Suzuki RGV500 NED
DNF
GBR
-
GER
-
CZE
-
IMO
-
CAT
-
AUS
-
MuZ-Weber MuZ 500 ARG
DNF
1999 500cc MuZ-Weber MuZ 500 MAL
DNF
JPN
-
ESP
8
FRA
DNF
ITA
10
CAT
DNF
NED
DNS
GBR
-
GER
DNF
CZE
DNF
IMO
-
VAL
-
AUS
-
RSA
-
BRA
-
ARG
-
14 20th 0
2000 500cc Roberts Modenas KR3 RSA
-
MAL
-
JPN
-
ESP
-
FRA
-
ITA
-
CAT
-
NED
-
GBR
-
GER
14
CZE
15
POR
-
VAL
-
BRA
-
PAC
-
AUS
-
3 27th 0

Superbike World Championship Results[edit]

Year Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pos Pts
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
2000 Ducati RSA
RSA
AUS
AUS
JPN
JPN
GBR
Ret
GBR
17
ITA
ITA
GER
GER
SMR
SMR
SPA
SPA
USA
USA
EUR
EUR
NED
NED
GER
GER
GBR
GBR
NC 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Rider Statistics - Luca Cadalora". MotoGP.com. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  2. ^ a b c d Luca Cadalora profile at crash.net
  3. ^ a b Noyes, Dennis; Scott, Michael (1999), Motocourse: 50 Years Of Moto Grand Prix, Hazleton Publishing Ltd, ISBN 1-874557-83-7 


Preceded by
John Kocinski
250cc Motorcycle World Champion
1991-1992
Succeeded by
Tetsuya Harada