1982 500 Grand Prix world champion and MotoGP safety officer Franco Uncini has been formally inducted as a MotoGP legend at a ceremony this afternoon at his home race in Misano.
The Italian took the 1982 title from Graeme Crosby after a season that saw him battling with the likes of Freddie Spencer, Kenny Roberts and Barry Sheene. He was badly hurt the following year in a crash at Assen, but managed to return to action in 1984.
And since retiring from racing, he has played a key role in the paddock as safety officer, in charge of maintaining and improving MotoGP’s high standards.
"I am very happy. This is another time for me in which my dreams have come true. For this I have to thank IRTA, Dorna the FIM and all of you. For me this is an important moment and I'm very, very happy. Thank you so much."
Uncini joins a list that includes Giacomo Agostini, Mick Doohan, Geoff Duke, Wayne Gardner, Mike Hailwood, Daijiro Kato, Eddie Lawson, Anton Mang, Angel Nieto, Wayne Rainey, Phil Read, Jim Redman, Kenny Roberts, Jarno Saarinen, Kevin Schwantz, Barry Sheene, Marco Simoncelli, Freddie Spencer, Casey Stoner, John Surtees, Carlo Ubbiali, Nicky Hayden and Alex Crivillé.
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