Monday, December 22, 2014

Today in motorcycle history, December 22, 1942


Former Catalan Grand Prix motorcycle racer Ramon Torres is born in Barcelona, Spain. 

  Born Ramon Torras Figueras in Barcelona, Spain. Ramon began racing at 16 on a 50cc Ducson in local motocross events. At eighteen, he was spotted by Senor Bulto of the famous Spanish Bultaco company and soon became a works rider. In 1962 he became a double Spanish Champion in the 125cc and 250cc classes.

  In preparation for the 1965 Isle of Man TT, Torras was riding in a minor street race circuit in Comar-Ruga. Aboard his 125cc Bultaco, with only 600 meters to go on the final lap, he skidded off the track and struck a tree. He was taken to a local emergency room, but they soon realized his condition was too serious for their facilities. Tragically, as he was being transferred to another clinic in Tarragona, he died from his injuries.

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