Ralf Waldmann

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Ralf Waldmann
Ralf Waldmann 1992 Japanese GP.jpg
NationalityGermany German
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years1986 - 2002, 2009
First race1986 80cc Baden-Württemberg Grand Prix
Last race2009 250cc British Grand Prix
First win1991 125cc West German Grand Prix
Last win2000 250cc British Grand Prix
Team(s)Honda, Modenas, Aprilia
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
169 20 50 10 16 1668

Ralf Waldmann (14 July 1966 – 10 March 2018) was a German Grand Prix motorcycle road racer.

Motorcycle racing career[edit]

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.[3]

In 2009, he joined Martin Wimmer in buying out the motorbike manufacturing company MZ, from the Hong Leong Group.[4] He also had a brief return to Grand Prix motorcycle racing, substituting for the injured rider Vladimir Leonov at the British Grand Prix.

Death[edit]

Waldmann died on 10 March 2018 in Ennepetal, Germany of a suspected heart attack at the age of 51.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Grand Prix motorcycle racing[edit]

By class[edit]

Class Season 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Race Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts WChmp
80cc 1986–1989 1986 Baden-Württemberg 12 0 0 0 0 24 0
125cc 1988–1993 1989 Great Britain 1991 Germany 1991 Germany 55 6 15 2 6 432 0
250cc 1994–1997, 1999–2000, 2002, 2009 1994 Australia 1994 Italy 1994 Italy 90 14 35 8 10 1166 0
500cc 1998 1998 Japan 12 0 0 0 0 46 0
Total 1986–2000, 2002, 2009 169 20 50 10 16 1668 0

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 16 Pos. Pts
1986 80cc Krauser SPA NAT GER AUT YUG NED GBR RSM BWU
19
NC 0
1987 80cc ERK SPA GER
10
NAT AUT
12
YUG NED
19
GBR CZE
Ret
RSM POR 25th 1
1988 80cc Seel SPA EXP NAT GER
17
NED YUG CZE NC 0
125cc Rotax SPA NAT GER
DNQ
AUT NED BEL YUG FRA GBR SWE CZE NC 0
1989 80cc Seel SPA
8
NAT
14
GER
7
YUG
Ret
NED
12
CZE
19
14th 23
125cc Seel JPN AUS SPA
DNQ
NAT GER
DNQ
AUT NED BEL
DNQ
FRA GBR
Ret
SWE
19
CZE
Ret
NC 0
1990 125cc JJ Cobas JPN SPA
Ret
NAT
25
GER
11
AUT
16
YUG
4
NED
Ret
BEL
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
15
SWE
23
CZE
Ret
HUN
Ret
AUS
Ret
23rd 19
1991 125cc Honda JPN
7
AUS
5
SPA
7
ITA
9
GER
1
AUT
2
EUR
6
NED
1
FRA
2
GBR
Ret
RSM
4
CZE
8
MAL 3rd 141
1992 125cc Honda JPN
1
AUS
1
MAL
3
SPA
1
ITA
Ret
EUR
12
GER
3
NED
9
HUN
2
FRA
10
GBR
7
BRA
15
RSA
6
3rd 112
1993 125cc Aprilia AUS
Ret
MAL
5
JPN
6
SPA
2
AUT
9
GER
5
NED
Ret
EUR
2
RSM
4
GBR
3
CZE
Ret
ITA
5
USA
3
FIM
1
4th 160
1994 250cc Honda AUS
7
MAL
6
JPN
Ret
SPA
4
AUT
5
GER
6
NED
4
ITA
1
FRA
4
GBR
7
CZE
2
USA
10
ARG
8
EUR
7
5th 156
1995 250cc Honda AUS
1
MAL
4
JPN
1
SPA
5
GER
Ret
ITA
4
NED
2
FRA
1
GBR
3
CZE
3
BRA
4
ARG
6
EUR
3
3rd 203
1996 250cc Honda MAL
DNS
INA
3
JPN
8
SPA
3
ITA
3
FRA
2
NED
1
GER
1
GBR
2
AUT
1
CZE
3
IMO
1
CAT
3
BRA
2
AUS
2
2nd 268
1997 250cc Honda MAL
4
JPN
5
SPA
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
2nd 248
1998 500cc Modenas JPN
Ret
MAL
9
SPA
10
ITA
11
FRA
12
MAD
10
NED
DNS
GBR GER
7
CZE
13
IMO
15
CAT
12
AUS
Ret
ARG
15
14th 46
1999 250cc Aprilia MAL
DNS
JPN SPA
6
FRA
4
ITA
2
CAT
Ret
NED
6
GBR
8
GER
3
CZE
2
IMO
7
VAL
Ret
AUS
5
RSA
Ret
BRA
7
ARG
11
6th 131
2000 250cc Aprilia RSA
7
MAL
4
JPN
Ret
SPA
1
FRA
8
ITA
Ret
CAT
7
NED
24
GBR
1
GER
8
CZE
5
POR
Ret
VAL
13
BRA
6
PAC
7
AUS
4
7th 143
2002 250cc Aprilia JPN RSA SPA FRA ITA CAT NED
11
GBR GER
9
CZE
11
POR BRA PAC MAL AUS VAL 19th 17
2009 250cc Aprilia QAT JPN SPA FRA ITA CAT NED GER GBR
Ret
CZE IND SMR POR AUS MAL VAL NC 0
Source:[1]

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 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
2005 Honda QAT QAT AUS AUS SPA SPA ITA ITA EUR EUR SMR SMR CZE CZE GBR GBR NED NED GER
Ret
GER
DNS
ITA ITA FRA FRA NC 0

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