Nello Pagani

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Nello Pagani
Nationality Italy Italian
Born (1911-10-11)11 October 1911
Milan, Italy
Died 19 October 2003(2003-10-19) (aged 92)
Bresso, Lombardy, Italy
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 19491955
First race 1949 125cc Swiss Grand Prix
Last race 1955 500cc Spanish Grand Prix
First win 1949 125cc Swiss Grand Prix
Last win 1949 500cc Nations Grand Prix
Team(s) Gilera, Mondial, MV Agusta
Championships 1949 - 125cc
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
22 4 11 N/A 4 93
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 1950
Teams Scuderia Achille Varzi (Maserati)
Races 1
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1950 Swiss Grand Prix
Last race 1950 Swiss Grand Prix

Cirillo "Nello" Pagani (11 October 1911 – 19 October 2003) was an Italian Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and Formula One driver. He was born in Milan, Lombardy, and died in Bresso.

He was known for his long career, spanning from 1928 to 1955, and for becoming the first 125cc World Champion in the inaugural 1949 campaign.[1] He almost became a double Champion in that first year of the World Championship series. In the 500cc class he was officially runner-up. The series was run over six rounds with a rider's best three scores counting towards the championship. Englishman Les Graham on an AJS was Pagani's main rival. Although Pagani scored more overall points than Graham, he lost the championship with two wins and a third place as his scores that counted, whilst Graham had two wins and a second.

Pagani's car racing exploits resulted in wins at the Pau Grand Prix in 1947 and 1948, before his single Formula One World Championship Grand Prix, on 4 June 1950.[2] He came in seventh place and scored no championship points. He also finished fourth in the Modena Grand Prix that year.

He was the father of Alberto Pagani, who was also a racing motorcyclist.

Motorcycle Grand Prix results[edit]

1949 point system:

Position 1 2 3 4 5 Fastest lap
Points 10 8 7 6 5 1

Points system from 1950 to 1968:

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6
Points 8 6 4 3 2 1

5 best results were counted up until 1955.

(key) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Points Rank Wins
1949 125cc Mondial SUI
1
NED
1
NAT
5
27 1st 2
500cc Gilera IOM
-
SUI
4
NED
1
BEL
5
ULS
3
NAT
1
28 2nd 2
1950 500cc Gilera IOM
-
BEL
2
NED
2
SUI
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
12 4th 0
1951 125cc Mondial ESP
-
IOM
4
NED
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
3 10th 0
500cc Gilera ESP
-
SUI
-
IOM
-
BEL
5
NED
-
FRA
3
ULS
-
NAT
3
10 5th 0
1952 500cc Gilera SUI
4
IOM
-
NED
6
BEL
6
GER
-
ULS
-
NAT
3
ESP
4
12 8th 0
1953 500cc Gilera IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
-
FRA
-
ULS
-
SUI
-
NAT
-
ESP
5
2 15th 0
1954 500cc MV Agusta FRA
-
IOM
-
ULS
-
BEL
-
NED
-
GER
-
SUI
-
NAT
-
ESP
3
4 13th 0
1955 500cc MV Agusta ESP
5
FRA
-
IOM
-
GER
-
BEL
-
NED
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
2 20th 0

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 WDC Points
1950 Scuderia Achille Varzi Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati Straight-4 GBR
MON
500
SUI
7
BEL
FRA
ITA
NC 0

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