Ricardo Tormo

Ricardo Tormo Blaya ( born September 7, 1952 in Ayacor, Valencia region, Spain, † December 27, 1998 in Valencia, Spain) was a Spanish motorcycle racer.

In the years 1978 and 1981 he won the world title in the 50 cc class of the Motorcycle World Championship.

Ricardo Tormo died in 1998 from leukemia. He Opened in 1999, the race track in Cheste near Valencia was named in Circuit de la Valencian Ricardo Tormo honor.


Ricardo Tormo debuted in 1973 at the Grand Prix of Spain on Derbi in the 50 cc class of the Motorcycle World Championship. His second Grand Prix, again at his home race, he completed only in 1976, but he was able to prove to Kreidler sixth place.

From 1977 started Tormo Bultaco factory driver permanently in the 50 cc class of the World Cup. He took part in six races, five times could go on podium and at the last race of the season, the Grand Prix of Sweden, also celebrated his first Grand Prix victory. In the World Cup, he finished behind compatriot Ángel Nieto and the Italian Eugenio Lazzarini third overall.

In the 1978 season at Ricardo Tormo dominated Bultaco the 50 cc class. With seven races of the season he could retract five wins and two second places. In the overall classification he had all with 99 points, 35 points more in the account than his closest rival, Eugenio Lazzarini. 1979 took the Spaniard participate only in a few World Championship races, with the 125cc Grand Prix of Finland he could retract his first victory in this class. Despite only three contested races he finished the season in seventh world ranking. In the season 1980 Ricardo Tormo denied again, not the entire season, in the 50 cc class he celebrated Kreidler Van Veen on two wins and thus occupy the fourth place in the championship standings.

The 1981 season brought Ricardo Tormo then his second 50 titles. He played on Motul Bultaco six of the eight World Championship races and won them all. In the overall standings at the end he had 25 points ahead of his team mates, the Dutchman Theo Timmer. Also in the 125cc class he won the Grand Prix of Sweden a race. In the years 1982 and 1983 Tormo denied both the 50 - cm ³ -, and the 125 - cc class and occupied single-digit ranks in the overall standings. During the 1984 season, Ricardo Tormo moved in a crash during a test drive for Derbi in an industrial area near Barcelona so serious leg injuries that he had to end his later career.

During his career, Ricardo Tormo denied a total of 62 Grand Prix races and was able to 19 wins, 36 podiums, 23 pole positions and four fastest laps retract. He also won three 50 cc - 125 cc and four titles in the Spanish Motorcycle Championships.