Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Kork Ballington








































































Kork Ballington
Nationality South African


Grand Prix motorcycle racing career
Active years1976 - 1982
TeamsKawasaki
Grands Prix56
Championships250cc - 1978, 1979

350cc - 1978, 1979
Wins31
Podium finishes   46
Pole positions19
Fastest laps16
First Grand Prix1976 350cc Nations Grand Prix
First win1976 350cc Spanish Grand Prix
Last win1980 250cc British Grand Prix
Last Grand Prix1982 500cc West German Grand Prix



Hugh Neville (Kork) Ballington (born April 10, 1951) is a Rhodesian-born South African four-time Grand Prix motorcycle road racing World Champion.


Ballington had used his domestic production racing experience as a springboard to gain entry into the British racing scene. He raced an over-the-counter Yamaha twin for several years before taking a well-earned place on the Kawasaki factory racing team. In the 250 and 350 classes, Ballington swept away the competition on his Kawasakis in 1978 and 1979, capturing consecutive double world championships.


In 1980, he campaigned Kawasaki's new KR500 but developing a new bike proved to be difficult in the premier class. After three years in the 500cc class, he couldn't repeat the success he enjoyed in the smaller classes and retired from competition.


Kork now lives with his family in Brisbane, Australia.



[edit] Motorcycle Grand Prix Results






























































































YearClassClassificationMachineVictories
1976250cc13thYamaha0
1976350cc12thYamaha1
1977250cc6thYamaha1
1977350cc5thYamaha2
1978250cc1stKawasaki4
1978350cc1stKawasaki6
1979250cc1stKawasaki7
1979350cc1stKawasaki5
1980250cc2ndKawasaki5
1980500cc12thKawasaki0
1981500cc8thKawasaki0
1982500cc9thKawasaki0









Preceded by

Mario Lega
250cc Motorcycle World Champion

1978-1979
Succeeded by

Anton Mang



















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