Dies John Surtees, the only world champion in Formula 1 and in the category of 500cc bikes

Fallece John Surtees

last Friday died the mythical John Surtees. A british man whom the world of racing, engine and speed owes much to him. The family announced sadly his death through the social networks. Surtees died in the St. Georges Hospital London, where he had been admitted the previous month for respiratory problems.

Was the first pilot, and until now the only, to win the world championships in the highest category of motorcycle racing and motor racing in its time. John Surtees was taken up with the titles in the category of 500cc motorcycle (then the “premier class” of motorcycle racing in 1956 with MV Agusta and of Formula 1 in 1964 with Ferrari.

The sport makes us know people so special, passionate and committed to their hobbies as Surtees. Until very recently it was possible to view the article by paddock some circuits during the days of the Grand Prize or in different events to drive their ancient vehicles of competition.

The moment, probably the most sad of the life of John Surtees and his family was the death of his son, Henry Surtees. Born in 1991, the young man was a promise in road racing but a crash in competition in June of 2009, in a race of Formula 2 in Brands Hatch, it cost him his life. At that time John decided to create the foundation “Henry Surtees Foundation”, of assistance to persons with brain injuries or physical.

Today it seems practically impossible that a pilot of MotoGP to win the championship of motorcycle racing and later become the Formula 1 for you to conquer it too; or the reverse. A few years ago, in some moments, it was rumoured that Valentino Rossi could have tried, but eventually came to leave MotoGP for Formula 1.