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Guennady Moisseev

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Nationality  Russian
Name  Guennady Moisseev
Wins  14
Teams  KTM
Years active  1970s

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Championships  250cc - 1974, 1977, 1978

Guennady Anatolyevich Moisseev (Russian: Генна́дий Анато́льевич Моисе́ев; February 3, 1948 – July 23, 2017) was a Russian former Grand Prix motocross racer. He was a three-time 250cc motocross world champion.

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Motorcycle racing career

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Moisseev was born in the Gatchina district of the Leningrad Oblast. He decided to take up the sport of motocross after witnessing the 1964 motocross world championship round held in Leningrad. That same year, he was admitted to the motocross section of the Leningrad Pioneers Palace. He competed in his first world championship event in 1967 and won the Russian 250cc motocross national championship in 1970.

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He was the 1974 F.I.M. world champion in the 250cc class on a KTM motorcycle.He reached the title in the last race, in the struggle with the other title contender Jaroslav Falta. In 1976, he narrowly lost the 250 world championship by one point to Heikki Mikkola despite a late season charge. He won two more 250 world championships in 1977 and 1978, again while riding KTM motorcycles. In 1978 he was a member of the winning Russian team in the Motocross des Nations. Moisseev won a race for the last time in 1979 when friction developed between the Russian Motorcycling Federation and the KTM factory. As a result, KTM withdrew their support of the Russian team. Without competitive motorcycles, the Soviet team could no longer compete against the Western European and Japanese factory racing teams.

Later life

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Moisseev, like many Russian sports stars of his era, was enlisted in the Russian Army, rising to the ranks of Major during his racing career. His extreme fitness combined with team tactics made him a fearsome competitor. After retiring from competition, Moisseev became a motocross coach. In 1977, Moisseev was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labour and, in 1978 he was given the honorary title of "Honored Master of Sports." In December 2000, he was elected president of the Russian Motorcycle Federation. He died on July 23, 2017.


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References

Guennady Moisseev Wikipedia


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