Ralf Waldmann

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Ralf Waldmann
Ralf Waldmann 1992 Japanese GP.jpg
Nationality Germany German
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 1986 - 2002, 2009
First race 1986 80cc Baden-Württemberg Grand Prix
Last race 2009 250cc British Grand Prix
First win 1991 125cc West German Grand Prix
Last win 2000 250cc British Grand Prix
Team(s) Honda, Modenas, Aprilia
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
169 20 50 10 16 1668

Ralf Waldmann (born July 14, 1966 in Hagen, West Germany) is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer.

In 1996, Waldmann finished second to Max Biaggi in the 250cc world championship.[1][2] In the 1997 season, he gave Biaggi a strong challenge, winning four races and finishing only two points behind the Italian.[1][2] Kenny Roberts offered him a job for the 1998 season on a 500cc Modenas but the competition was too strong and he finished in 14th place.[1][2] He returned to the 250 class the following year riding for the Aprilia team and retired from motorcycle competition after the 2002 season. Waldmann came out of semi-retirement in 2003 and signed with the new Harris WCM MotoGP team, but quit before the year began after failing to adapt to the new four-stroke Grand Prix bikes.[1][2]

His final win at the British Grand Prix in 2000 is of particular note. On a drying track, he came from nearly a whole lap down to win at the final corner at the notoriously slippery Donington Park circuit.

In 2009, he joined Martin Wimmer in buying out the motorbike manufacturing company MZ, from the Hong Leong Group.[3] He also had a brief return to Grand Prix motorcycle racing, substituting for the injured rider Vladimir Leonov at the British Grand Prix.

Complete Grand Prix motorcycle racing results[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 Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points Rank Wins
1986 80cc Rieju ESP
-
NAT
-
GER
-
AUT
-
YUG
-
NED
-
GBR
-
SWE
-
RSM
-
BWU
NC
0 - 0
1987 80cc ELK ESP
-
GER
10
NAT
-
AUT
12
YUG
-
NED
19
GBR
-
CZE
NC
RSM
-
POR
-
1 28th 0
1988 80cc Seel ESP
-
EXP
-
NAT
-
GER
NC
NED
-
YUG
-
CZE
-
0 - 0
1989 80cc Seel ESP
8
NAT
14
GER
7
YUG
NC
NED
11
CZE
19
23 14th 0
125cc Seel JPN
-
AUS
-
ESP
-
NAT
-
GER
-
AUT
-
NED
-
BEL
-
FRA
-
GBR
NC
SWE
NC
CZE
NC
0 - 0
1990 125cc JJ Cobas JPN
-
ESP
NC
NAT
25
GER
11
AUT
16
YUG
4
NED
NC
BEL
NC
FRA
NC
GBR
15
SWE
23
CZE
NC
HUN
NC
AUS
NC
19 23rd 0
1991 125cc Honda JPN
7
AUS
5
ESP
7
ITA
9
GER
1
AUT
2
EUR
6
NED
1
FRA
2
GBR
NC
RSM
4
CZE
8
MAL
-
141 3rd 2
1992 125cc Honda JPN
1
AUS
1
MAL
3
ESP
1
ITA
NC
EUR
12
GER
3
NED
9
HUN
2
FRA
10
GBR
7
BRA
15
RSA
6
112 3rd 3
1993 125cc Honda AUS
NC
MAL
5
JPN
6
ESP
2
AUT
9
GER
5
NED
NC
EUR
2
RSM
4
GBR
3
CZE
NC
ITA
5
USA
3
FIM
1
160 4th 1
1994 250cc Honda AUS
7
MAL
6
JPN
NC
ESP
4
AUT
5
GER
6
NED
4
ITA
1
FRA
4
GBR
7
CZE
2
USA
10
ARG
8
EUR
7
156 5th 1
1995 250cc Honda AUS
1
MAL
4
JPN
1
ESP
5
GER
NC
ITA
4
NED
2
FRA
1
GBR
3
CZE
3
BRA
4
ARG
6
EUR
3
203 3rd 3
1996 250cc Honda MAL
-
INA
3
JPN
8
ESP
3
ITA
3
FRA
2
NED
1
GER
1
GBR
2
AUT
1
CZE
3
IMO
1
CAT
3
BRA
2
AUS
2
268 2nd 4
1997 250cc Honda MAL
4
JPN
5
ESP
1
ITA
4
AUT
2
FRA
3
NED
2
IMO
4
GER
3
BRA
12
GBR
1
CZE
4
CAT
1
INA
7
AUS
1
248 2nd 4
1998 500cc Modenas JPN
NC
MAL
9
ESP
10
ITA
11
FRA
12
MAD
10
NED
-
GBR
-
GER
7
CZE
13
IMO
15
CAT
12
AUS
NC
ARG
15
46 14th 0
1999 250cc Aprilia MAL
-
JPN
-
ESP
6
FRA
4
ITA
2
CAT
NC
NED
6
GBR
8
GER
3
CZE
2
IMO
7
VAL
NC
AUS
5
RSA
NC
BRA
7
ARG
11
131 6th 0
2000 250cc Aprilia RSA
7
MAL
4
JPN
NC
ESP
1
FRA
8
ITA
NC
CAT
7
NED
24
GBR
1
GER
8
CZE
5
POR
NC
VAL
13
BRA
6
PAC
7
AUS
4
143 7th 2
2002 250cc Aprilia JPN
-
RSA
-
ESP
-
FRA
-
ITA
-
CAT
-
NED
11
GBR
-
GER
9
CZE
11
POR
-
BRA
-
PAC
-
MAL
-
AUS
-
VAL
-
17 19th 0
2009 250cc Aprilia QAT
-
JPN
-
ESP
-
FRA
-
ITA
-
CAT
-
NED
-
GER
-
GBR
Ret
CZE
-
IND
-
RSM
-
POR
-
AUS
-
MAL
-
VAL
-
0 - 0

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