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Cycle News 2022 Issue 30 July 26

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T he 11th of July 2022 may have come and passed in- nocuously enough unless you were a grade A student of MotoGP. The date is significant because it marked 30 years to the day the great Eddie Lawson stood on the top step of the podium for the 31st and final time at the 1992 Hungarian 500cc Grand Prix. The date also marked the first 500cc win for perennial class strugglers Cagiva, owned by Ital- ian Castiglioni brothers Gianfran- co and Claudio, after 12 years of trying, and the first Italian machine to win in the premier class since the Giacomo Agostini won the 1976 German Grand Prix for MV Agusta on the 14-mile Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit. Lawson had all but retired at the end of a torrid 1990 season with Marlboro Team Roberts on the factory Yamaha YZR500 but as so often happens, an offer came up that was simply too good to resist. "I had done basically eight, nine years of Grand Prix and I was tired of it. I didn't want to travel anymore," Lawson says. "But Cagiva just made an offer I couldn't refuse," he says with a financial wink in his eye. "They promised to make the bike bet- ter. Eventually after I left, it did get better, and the two years I was there, I think we made a lot of progress. "Then they kept going with [John] Kocinski. He won some CN III ARCHIVES P118 EDDIE'S FIRST AND LAST GRAND PRIX WIN BY RENNIE SCAYSBROOK Eddie Lawson with his cut slick Dunlops romped home to a famous last 500cc win for Cagiva 30 years ago this month. PHOTOS: GOLD & GOOSE

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