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Johnny Cecotto was born on January 25th 1956 in Caracas, Venezuela from Italian parents. His father Giovanni was also a motorcycle racing driver and had his own motorcycle shop. So it was not very strange he got interested in racing. At the age of 16 Johnny started to do motor-cycle racing while he still was too young to go into car racing. No one could know back then in 1973 that this young man would become a greatness in motorcycle racing Grand Prix and was going to become the youngest World Champion ever in 1975. People who are interested in motorcycle racing will remember him very well. Johnny came to Europe in 1975 to race in GP’s for the first time and did beat great names of that time including Giacomo Agostini. His name rose to star wisdom at once and he was one of the best and finest riders in motorcycle Grand Prix for years although he did have bad luck sometimes and was a little precarious. He still is a very beloved person in the hearts of motorcycle racing Grand Prix fans. In 1981 Johnny got into car racing and was on his way to fortune in that as well. In 1982 he became vice-champion in Formula 2 and got into Formula 1 in 1983 with one of the smallest teams Theodore. He even managed to get 1 point with them and got a seat at Toleman in 1984 next to Ayrton Senna. A big accident though at Brands Hatch ruined his dreams to become one of the biggest Formula 1 drivers completely. His legs were severely damaged and his career in Formula 1 was over. He stepped into Touring Car racing in 1985 after a long time recovery. He was very successful in Touring Cars as well and became multiple champion in different countries. In 2001 I became in contact with Johnny Cecotto for the first time for real. This still is one of the greatest things that ever happened to me in my life, something I never could have dreamed of when I started to follow Johnny in his racing career in 1975. In 2002 Johnny did his last championship year in V8-Star and got champion for the last time in his career. To see and learn more about Johnny Cecotto’s career different section are available in “Motorcycle Racing”, “Formula Racing” and “Touring Car Racing”. You can choose the discipline of your choice below by clicking on the picture. Finally there is another section about “Life after a racing career” which is approachable through the Touring Car Racing” page.