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Cycle News 2023 Issue 17 May 2

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I t's been 40 years and some change since three Americans occupied all steps of a MotoGP, or back then 500cc World Cham - pionship Road Race, podium. It happened for the first time in the championship on April 24, 1983. The race was the Italian GP at Monza, and the grid was filled with Yankees, including Randy Mamola, Eddie Lawson, Freddie Spencer and Kenny Roberts. All were hoping to dethrone the current number-one plate holder Franco Uncini of Italy. But when you have racers such as Mamola, Lawson, Spencer and Roberts on the entry list, an all- American podium doesn't seem all that far-fetched, even with Uncini, Ron Haslam, Raymond Roche, Marco Lucchinelli and Takazumi Katayama in the race. The Italian GP was filled with drama as Roberts, who, before the season announced that this would CNIIARCHIVES P128 BY KIT PALMER THREE AMERICANS, THREE DIFFERENT BRANDS AND ONE NATIONAL ANTHEM THE FIRST ALL-AMERICAN 500CC GP PODIUM Freddie Spencer, Randy Mamola and Eddie Lawson made up the first all-Yankee 500cc GP podium at the Grand Prix of Italy at Monza 40 years ago. PHOTOGRAPHY BY HENNY RAY ABRAMS

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