Michael Rudroff

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Michael Rudroff
Nationality West Germany German
Born (1960-12-28) 28 December 1960 (age 57)
Motorcycle racing career statistics
500cc World Championship
Active years19871989, 19911993, 1996
ManufacturersHonda, Harris Yamaha, Suzuki
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
53 0 1 0 0 67
Superbike World Championship
Active years1990, 1995, 1997
ManufacturersBimota, Ducati, Suzuki
1997 championship positionNC (0 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
10 0 0 0 0 7

Michael Rudroff (born 28 December 1960) is a German former professional Grand Prix motorcycle road racer.

Rudolf competed in his first Grand Prix in 1987, and made one podium; coming third in the 1989 Nations Grand Prix. His career ranged from 1987 until 1996, where he started in 53 races, though he never started from pole position.[1]

Career[edit]

Rudroff, riding a Honda bike, appeared in two Grand Prix in 1987, the West Germany Grand Prix and the Austrian Grand Prix where he qualified in positions 38 and 26 but did not compete in the final race. He raced in the West German, Dutch TT and Yugoslavian Grand Prix in 1988, completing 28 laps in the first and coming in at 15th having started at 24th, completing 20 laps and coming in at 19th having started in 31st, and failing to qualify for the race in Yugoslavia.[1]

1989 saw regular appearances for Rudroff, racing in the Australian Grand Prix where he came 15th from a starting position of 21, followed by the United States Grand Prix where he came 15th one more having started again at 21. Following the Spanish Grand Prix, where he came 20th having begun at 23, he raced in the Nations Grand Prix. He began at 24, and finished 3rd in 59 minutes, 53.630 seconds over 33 laps. This was the only podium in his career. He raced in West Germany, Austria, Yugoslavia, Netherlands and the Czechoslovakian Grand Prix later that year. He ended the season with 18 championship points.[1]

Rudolf competed in three rounds of the 1990 Superbike World Championship aboard a Bimota.[2] He returned to Grand Prix competition in 1991, where he competed in 10 races, and one other race in which he was not classified. This included a season-best 11th in the Australian Grand Prix, and he enjoyed a career-best 26 championship points.[1] He made 13 more starts in 1992, now on a Harris Yamaha, but only returned three points despite coming 8th at the British Grand Prix. In 1993 he made 14 appearances again on the Yamaha, returning 17 points despite falling out of the Australian Grand Prix and of the Japanese Grand Prix in the first lap. He was not seen again on the race track until 1996, where he raced once in the German Grand Prix on a Suzuki bike and fell at the first lap.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

Grand Prix motorcycle racing[edit]

Races by year[edit]

(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 Pos. Pts
1987 500cc Honda JPN SPA GER
Ret
NAT AUT
Ret
YUG NED FRA GBR SWE CZE RSM POR BRA ARG NC 0
1988 500cc Honda JPN USA SPA EXP NAT GER
15
AUT NED
19
BEL YUG
Ret
FRA GBR SWE CZE BRA 37th 1
1989 500cc Honda JPN AUS
15
USA
15
SPA
20
NAT
3
GER
21
AUT
19
YUG
15
NED
17
BEL FRA GBR SWE CZE
20
BRA 20th 18
1991 500cc Honda JPN AUS USA SPA
15
ITA
15
GER
12
AUT
11
EUR
14
NED
14
FRA
14
GBR
13
RSM
14
CZE
12
VDM
Ret
MAL 18th 26
1992 500cc Harris-Yamaha JPN
15
AUS
18
MAL
14
SPA
16
ITA
16
EUR
18
GER
14
NED
11
HUN
16
FRA
14
GBR
8
BRA
15
RSA
19
21st 3
1993 500cc Harris-Yamaha AUS
Ret
MAL
17
JPN
Ret
SPA
Ret
AUT
17
GER
13
NED
12
EUR
17
RSM
Ret
GBR
10
CZE
13
ITA
15
USA
18
FIM
Ret
21st 17
1996 500cc Suzuki MAL INA JPN SPA ITA FRA NED GER
Ret
GBR AUT CZE IMO CAT BRA AUS NC 0

Superbike World Championship[edit]

Races by year[edit]

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

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
1990 Bimota SPA SPA GBR GBR HUN HUN GER
15
GER
Ret
CAN CAN USA USA AUT AUT JPN JPN FRA
Ret
FRA
24
ITA
13
ITA
26
MAL MAL AUS AUS NZL NZL 66th 4
1995 Ducati GER GER SMR SMR GBR GBR ITA ITA SPA SPA AUT
19
AUT
13
USA USA EUR EUR JPN JPN NED NED INA INA AUS AUS 51st 3
1997 Suzuki AUS AUS SMR SMR GBR GBR GER
DNS
GER
DNS
ITA ITA USA USA EUR EUR AUT AUT NED
17
NED
18
SPA SPA JPN JPN INA INA NC 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Rider Profile: Michael Rudroff". MotoGP.com. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  2. ^ "Michael Rudolf WSBK Rider Profile". wsb-archives.co.uk. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 

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