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JIM REDMAN Zimbabwe motorcycle racer

James Albert Redman MBE (born 8 November 1931) is a Rhodesian former professional motorcycle racer. He is a six-time Grand Prix world champion road racer.

HISTORY

Redman c. 1966

Born in London, England, he emigrated to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 1952, where he began his racing career. He met with John Love who was changing from motorcycle racing to single-seat cars. Redman enthusiastically helped Love prepare and maintain his Cooper F3 with a Manx Norton 500 cc engine. In recognition for Redman’s assistance, Love allowed Redman to ride his Triumph Grand Prix including use of his riding gear for his first racing experiences.

Redman acquired more experience on his home tracks, culminating in winning the 350 cc Rhodesian Championship, after which he aspired to European racing, starting at Brands Hatch in the company of Geoff Duke and a young, rising Mike Hailwood. After changing his riding style to better-suit the European circuits, Redman achieved some success, but retired from motorcycle racing and returned to Rhodesia in 1959. Still wanting to race, Redman returned to Europe where he hoped to secure a contract riding for Walter Kaaden’s MZ team in 125 cc and 250 cc classes. He unexpectedly gained factory rides in selected races with Honda for part of the 1960 season due to an injury suffered by regular rider Tom Phillis, and became himself contracted for the 1961 season.

Redman would go on to claim four consecutive 350cc World Championships from 1962 to 1965. In 1962 and 1963 he claimed double championships winning both the 250cc and 350cc World Championships. In 1964, he became the first rider in history to claim 3 Grand Prix victories in one day (the only other rider to achieve this being Mike Hailwood in 1967. After being injured at the 1966 Belgian Grand Prix, Redman made the decision to retire.

Redman was also a six-time Isle of Man TT winner, taking double wins in 1963, 1964 and 1965 in the Lightweight & Junior TT Races. He achieved a total of 45 Grand Prix victories. Redman was awarded the MBE for his achievements.

PERSONAL LIFE

In 1966, Jim Redman published a book about his racing career, Wheels of Fortune. In 2013, he published his book, Jim Redman: Six Times World Motorcycle Champion – The Autobiography.

GRAND PRIX MOTORCYCLE RACING RESULTS

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6
Points 8 6 4 3 2 1

(key) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Points Rank Wins
1959 350cc Norton FRA
IOM
GER
6
NED
BEL
SWE
6
ULS
NAT
2 15th 0
500cc Norton FRA
IOM
GER
NED
5
BEL
SWE
ULS
NAT
2 15th 0
1960 125cc Honda IOM
NED
4
BEL
9
ULS
NAT
4
6 7th 0
250cc Honda IOM
NED
8
BEL
GER
NC
ULS
3
NAT
2
10 4th 0
500cc Norton FRA
IOM
NED
BEL
5
GER
ULS
5
NAT
6
5 9th 0
1961 125cc Honda ESP
3
GER
7
FRA
3
IOM
4
NED
2
BEL
3
DDR
6
ULS
4
NAT
5
SWE
3
ARG
2
28 4th 0
250cc Honda ESP
4
GER
2
FRA
6
IOM
3
NED
3
BEL
1
DDR
2
ULS
3
NAT
1
SWE
4
ARG
3
36 3rd 2
1962 125cc Honda ESP
2
FRA
2
IOM
5
NED
2
BEL
2
GER
10
ULS
3
DDR
2
NAT
4
FIN
1
ARG
38 2nd 1
250cc Honda ESP
1
FRA
1
IOM
2
NED
1
BEL
2
GER
1
ULS
2
DDR
1
NAT
1
ARG
48 1st 6
350cc Honda IOM
NED
1
ULS
1
DDR
1
NAT
1
FIN
2
32 1st 4
1963 125cc Honda ESP
2
GER
NC
FRA
2
IOM
6
NED
NC
BEL
2
ULS
7
DDR
5
NAT
2
FIN
ARG
1
JPN
2
33 3rd 1
250cc Honda ESP
2
GER
3
IOM
1
NED
1
BEL
ULS
1
DDR
3
NAT
2
ARG
2
JPN
1
44 1st 4
350cc Honda GER
1
IOM
1
NED
1
ULS
1
DDR
3
NAT
1
FIN
2
JPN
1†
32 1st 5
1964 125cc Honda USA
ESP
2
FRA
NC
IOM
2
NED
1
GER
1
DDR
3
ULS
NC
FIN
3
NAT
6
JPN
36 2nd 2
250cc Honda USA
ESP
2
FRA
NC
IOM
1
NED
1
BEL
2
GER
2
DDR
2
ULS
2
NAT
3
JPN
1
42 2nd 3
350cc Honda IOM
1
NED
1
GER
1
DDR
1
ULS
1
FIN
1
NAT
1
JPN
1
40 1st 8
1965 125cc Honda USA
GER
ESP
FRA
IOM
NED
DDR
CZE
ULS
FIN
NAT
JPN
NC
0 0
250cc Honda USA
GER
ESP
FRA
NC
IOM
1
NED
2
BEL
1
DDR
1
CZE
3
ULS
FIN
NAT
JPN
34 3rd 3
350cc Honda GER
NC
IOM
1
NED
1
DDR
1
CZE
1
ULS
NC
FIN
NAT
JPN
2
38 1st 4
1966 250cc Honda ESP
NC
GER
2
FRA
2
NED
3
BEL
3
DDR
CZE
FIN
ULS
IOM
NAT
JPN
20 3rd 0
350cc Honda GER
FRA
3
NED
DDR
CZE
FIN
ULS
IOM
NAT
JPN
4 15th 0
500cc Honda GER
1
NED
1
BEL
NC
DDR
CZE
FIN
ULS
IOM
NAT
16 5th 2

† The 1963 350cc Japanese Grand Prix was a non-championship event.

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