Bruno Ruffo

Bruno Ruffo ( born December 9, 1920 in Verona, Italy, † February 10, 2007 ) was an Italian motorcycle racer.

Between 1949 and 1951 he won three world titles in the Motorcycle World Championship.

In 2003 the title of Commendatore al Merito della Repubblica Italiana dell'Ordine was awarded Bruno Ruffo by the then Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.

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Bruno Ruffo started his motorcycle career in 1946. In 1949 he was on Moto Guzzi, the first world champion in the 250 cc class of the newly created World Motorcycle Championship. On his first Grand Prix race ever, the Grand Prize of Switzerland on July 2, 1949 in Bremgarten, Ruffo was immediately celebrated his first victory. Overall, he reached this year with only four races held a victory, a second and a fourth place and secured the title in front of his countryman Dario Ambrosini.

Then the following season, he raced in the 250cc class in turn to Moto Guzzi and in the 125cc World Championship on Mondial. In the 250 cc class, it was not possible to defend his title to him, but in the 125 cc class, he immediately won the world title.

In 1951, Bruno Ruffo came for Moto Guzzi in the 250 - cm ³ - on and in the 500 cc class. Also In the 250s he secured with two wins, a second and a third place from five races sovereign the title, in the 500s, it was enough with a fifth place in the only contested Grand Prix to 19th place in the overall standings.

Also in 1952 Ruffo came for Moto Guzzi in the 250 cc class and scored again to the contenders. However, the Grand Prix of West Germany on the Solitude Ring he crashed so hard that he had to pause for the rest of the season. After another accident in training for the Tourist Trophy in 1953 caused him to pull out completely from racing.

Bruno Ruffo played in his career, only 14 World Championship races, of which he won four, and landed a total of ten times on the podium.

After end of his career Bruno Ruffo opened a successful motorcycle trade in Verona, where he died on 10 February 2007 at the age of 86 years.



In the World Motorcycle Championship