May 20 2007

FIM News Release:

Former Australian Grand Prix rider Jack Findlay passed away last night. He was 72 years old.

Jack Findlay was born on February 5, 1935 in Shepparton (Australia). He came to Europe at the end of the 50s, and started in Grand Prix competition. He scored his first points in 1961 in the 500cc class riding a Norton. He then rode a Matchless; his best results in the Championship were a 7th place in 1965, a third place in 1966, a 5th place in 1967 and a second place in 1968 behind Giacomo Agostini. He also raced in the 250cc and 350cc classes, and later in the 750cc.

He won three Grand Prix races in his career in the 500cc class: the Ulster Grand Prix in 1971 (first win for Suzuki and first win with a two-stroke engine in the 500cc class), the Tourist Trophy in 1972 and the Austrian Grand Prix in 1977. He won the Formula 750 FIM Prize in 1975 on a Yamaha. He was also the first rider to use Michelin tires.

He was one of the riders with the longest Grand Prix career. The movie "Continental Circus" (1971) shows the history of his 1968 season, the life of a private rider, when he finished runner-up of the 500cc class.

In 1992, he became FIM Grand Prix Technical Director, until the end of 2001, when he retired.

On behalf of the FIM, President Vito Ippolito and CEO Guy Maitre present their sincere condolences to his family and friends.