Phil Read passed away at 83 after winning seven FIM Grand Prix Road Racing World Championships. As the first man to win 125cc, 250cc, and 500cc world titles, Read was called the ‘Prince of Speed.’ Throughout his 16-year career, he won 52 Grands Prix and seven Championships across four classes, securing a place on the World Championship podium on several occasions.
Aside from Giacomo Agostini and Mike Hailwood, he also faced Barry Sheene, a sporting giant.
In 1961, he competed in the 125cc, 350cc, and 500cc categories in the Grand Prix. He won the 350cc race at the Isle of Man TT. In 1964, he won the 250cc championship – a first for Yamaha – after capturing five Grand Prix wins in the quarter-liter class. Seven of the nine 250cc Grands Prix he won in the following season were won by him, and the other two were finished second.
Phil Read Cause of Death:
At 83, Phil Read, seven-time FIM Grand Prix Road Racing World Champion, passed away. The cause of the death of Phil Read is unknown.
Tributes paid to double 500cc world champion Phil Read:
With four more wins in 1974, Read was crowned 500cc champion again, with Giacomo Agostini only eight points behind.
All at MotoGP are saddened to learn of the passing of Phil Read
A 7-time World Champion, Phil helped to elevate our sport to a new level
His impact on the motorcycle racing community will never be forgotten. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Rest in peace, Phil pic.twitter.com/auIizWou4V
— MotoGP™🏁 (@MotoGP) October 6, 2022
His grand Prix career ended in 1976 after a brief stint with Suzuki. In 1982, Read retired from racing after competing in various events, including the TT.
In the wake of his retirement, Read was recognized by Dorna Sports as a MotoGP legend.
1. FIM said:
He passed away on 6 October, prompting tributes from the FIM. A statement from the FIM said that seven-time FIM Grand Prix Road Racing World Champion Phillip William Read passed away suddenly at the age of 83.
He won world championships in the 125cc, 250cc, and 500cc classes, earning him the nickname ‘The Prince of Speed.’
“Phil won his first title in 1964 and followed it up with another 250 championships the following year. In 1968, he won both the 125cc and 250cc championships simultaneously. In 1973 and 1974, he won back-to-back 500cc titles.