German Grand Prix motorcycle road racer, Ralf Waldmann, Died at 51

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Ralf Waldmann was born on July 14, 1966, and died on March 10, 2018.

He was a German Grand Prix motorcycle road racer.

During 1996, he finished second to Max Biaggi in the 250cc world championship.

He won four races and finishing only two points behind the Italian in the 1997 season.

He had semi-retired in 2003, however, he 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.

Waldmann’s 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, Waldmann joined Martin Wimmer in buying out the motorbike manufacturing company MZ, from the Hong Leong Group.

Waldmann also had a brief return to Grand Prix motorcycle racing, substituting for the injured rider Vladimir Leonov at the British Grand Prix.

Ralf died at 51 years old.

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