Tarquinio Provini

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Tarquinio Provini
Nationality Italian
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 1954 - 1966
First race 1954 125cc Nations Grand Prix
Last race 1966 350cc West German Grand Prix
First win 1954 125cc Spanish Grand Prix
Last win 1965 250cc Nations Grand Prix
Team(s) Mondial, MV Agusta, Moto Morini, Benelli, Kreidler
Championships 125cc - 1957
250cc - 1958
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
50 20 39 N/A 23 269

Tarquinio Provini (May 29, 1933 – January 6, 2005) was an Italian world championship-winning Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. He was also a four-time Isle of Man TT winner [1] and won 13 Italian national championships.

He was born in Roveleto di Cadeo, Emilia-Romagna, the son of a garage owner and grew up around engines and machinery. He began riding motorcycles at the age of 10. He began racing in 1949 despite being too young by using his uncle's name on his racing license.[2] In 1954, he won the Motogiro of Italy. He moved up to Grand Prix competition in the middle of the 1954 season and won the Spanish Grand Prix at the end of the year. He won the 1957 FIM 125cc World Championship riding for the Italian Mondial factory. In 1958, he won the 250cc World Championship for MV Agusta.[3]

When MV Agusta quit racing in the smaller classes, Provini signed to race for the Moto Morini factory. In 1963 he waged a season-long battle with Honda's Jim Redman for the 250 world championship. Each rider won four races and the title wasn't decided until the final race in Japan, with Redman winning the championship over Provini by two points.[4] In 1966, he suffered a serious crash at the Isle of Man TT that broke his back, forcing his retirement. Provini redirected his energies and co-founded the Protar company which specialized in making scale racing bike models outside of Bologna. He died in Bologna in 2005.[5]

Motorcycle Grand Prix results[edit]

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

(key) (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
1954 125cc Mondial IOM
-
ULS
-
NED
-
GER
-
NAT
2
ESP
1
14 4th 1
1955 125cc Mondial ESP
-
FRA
4
IOM
NC
GER
-
NED
-
NAT
-
3 9th 0
1956 125cc Mondial IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
3
ULS
-
NAT
2
10 4th 0
1957 125cc Mondial GER
2
IOM
1
NED
1
BEL
1
ULS
2
NAT
-
30 1st 3
250cc Mondial GER
-
IOM
NC
NED
1
BEL
-
ULS
-
NAT
1
16 2nd 2
1958 125cc MV Agusta IOM
NC
NED
3
BEL
3
GER
2
SWE
4
ULS
-
NAT
-
17 4th 0
250cc MV Agusta IOM
1
NED
1
BEL
-
GER
1
SWE
-
ULS
1
NAT
-
32 1st 4
1959 125cc MV Agusta IOM
1
GER
2
NED
-
BEL
2
SWE
1
ULS
-
NAT
5
28 2nd 2
250cc MV Agusta IOM
1
GER
-
NED
1
BEL
-
SWE
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
16 2nd 2
1960 250cc Moto Morini IOM
3
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
4 9th 0
1961 250cc Moto Morini ESP
-
GER
3
FRA
4
IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
-
DDR
-
ULS
-
NAT
4
SWE
-
ARG
-
10 6th 0
1962 250cc Moto Morini ESP
-
FRA
-
IOM
-
NED
3
BEL
-
GER
-
ULS
-
DDR
-
NAT
2
ARG
-
10 5th 0
1963 250cc Moto Morini ESP
1
GER
1
IOM
-
NED
3
BEL
3
ULS
2
DDR
-
NAT
1
ARG
1
JPN
4
42 2nd 4
1964 50cc Kreidler USA
-
ESP
-
FRA
6
IOM
8
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
-
FIN
-
JPN
-
1 13th 0
250cc Benelli USA
-
ESP
1
FRA
-
IOM
NC
NED
4
BEL
5
GER
5
DDR
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
JPN
-
15 5th 1
1965 250cc Benelli USA
-
GER
-
ESP
-
FRA
-
IOM
4
NED
-
BEL
-
DDR
-
CZE
-
ULS
-
FIN
-
NAT
1
JPN
-
11 7th 1
350cc Benelli GER
-
IOM
NC
NED
-
DDR
-
CZE
-
ULS
-
FIN
-
NAT
3
JPN
-
4 13th 0
1966 350cc Benelli GER
2
FRA
-
NED
-
DDR
-
CZE
-
FIN
-
ULS
-
IOM
-
NAT
-
JPN
-
6 11th 0

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