Carlos Alberto Lavado Jones (born May 25, 1956 in Caracas, Venezuela) is a Venezuelan former professional Grand Prix motorcycle racer. He is a two-time 250cc World Champion road racer. He joins Johnny Cecotto as the only two Venezuelans to win Grand Prix World Championships.
Lavado made his international racing debut in the 1978 Venezuelan Grand Prix, finishing second in the 250cc class. The following season, he won the 350cc class at the 1979 Venezuelan Grand Prix.
In 1980, he began competing full-time on the Grand Prix circuit. He went on to win the 250cc World Championship in 1983 and repeated the feat in 1986, both times on Yamaha TZ250s. In fifteen seasons of Grand Prix competition (1978–1992), he participated in 137 races, 125 of them in the 250cc division. He had 36 podium finishes and 17 victories in the 250cc class and 6 podium finishes with 2 victories in the 350cc division.
After he retired from competition, he continued his involvement in Grand Prix racing serving as advisor to Venezuelan motorcycle racers Robertino Pietri and Gabriel Ramos.
Points system from 1969 to 1987:
Points system from 1988 to 1992:
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)