John Surtees died on the 10th of March. The British rider was 83 years old.
Surtees was hospitalised since February due to breathing problems that lead him to the intensive care, “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our husband and father, John Surtees” the family stated in a statement issued by ´Motorsport.com´”.
John Surtees is the only rider in history of motorised sports that was a world champion in the Formula 1 cars and 500 cc. motorcycles.
In two wheels, the British rider won the 1956, 1958, 1959 and 1960 world races, always with the MV Agusta. In cars, Surtees was a world champion while defending Ferrari colours.
Born in February 11, 1934, Surtees raced in motorcycles representing Norton and MV Augusta between 1952 and 1960. In 51 races he stepped onto the podium 45 times of which he was a winner 38 times.
John Surtees participated three times on the 24 Hours of Le Mans in which he attained the third place as the best result in 1964. The family emphasises that Surtees “Continued to work until recently with the ´The Henry Surtees Foundation´” remembering the British rider as “An example of someone who kept pushing himself to the fullest and continued to fight until the end”.