MotoGP World Championship Hall of Fame welcomes Marco Lucchinelli

Marco Lucchinelli, the 1981 500cc World Champion, has been inducted into the World Championship Hall of Fame, with the ceremony led by Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports.

1981 500 World Champion Marco Lucchinelli
1981 500 World Champion Marco Lucchinelli

After beginning his career on the world stage in the 350 World Championship in 1975, Marco Lucchinelli burst into the premier class the following year with two podiums in his first two appearances. Fourth in the Championship as a rookie, Lucchinelli’s debut with Suzuki laid solid foundations for his ambitions of taking the World Championship.

A raft of more top ten finishes and podiums prefaced a real push for the title in 1980, when the partnership of man and machine took a podium finish five times, including a victory to conclude the season in Germany as he ended the year third in the title standings.

Marco Lucchinelli and Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta
Marco Lucchinelli and Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta

In 1981 Lucchinelli took five stunning wins and seven podiums on his Suzuki, as well as setting five fastest laps and seven pole positions. He was then crowned 1981 World Champion by 11 points to take his place in MotoGP history.

Marco Lucchinelli

“I just want to say a few words. First, how incredible it is to see so many people and friends here. It’s been so long since I’ve seen you all and it’s a pleasure to see you now. And to have the bike here is great, the original bike. I’m very happy, and I don’t really know what to say. It’s a pleasure to be named a Legend amongst all these greats.”

1981 500 World Champion Marco Lucchinelli and Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta
1981 500 World Champion Marco Lucchinelli and Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta

Lucchinelli joins a long list of greats that have been made MotoGP Legends 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, Alex Crivillé, Franco Uncini and the late Nicky Hayden.

Carmelo Ezpeleta – CEO Dorna Sports

“It’s a very special day for us and for me, maybe not many people know but Marco has been something very important in our commitment in MotoGP, instrumental in helping us. It’s a special thanks to Marco for what’s he’s done for motorcycling, he’s a real MotoGP Legend and I’m very proud to give him this award.”

Marco Lucchinelli and Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta
Marco Lucchinelli and Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta