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Friday, March 28, 2008

Jean-Marie Balestre dies

Former FIA president Jean-Marie Balestre died Friday. He was 86.

Balestre rose from a sketchy past in WWII occupied France to found a media empire. He was a founding member of a French national motorsport organization, and ultimately moved through the ranks of the FIA to lead the establishment faction opposed by Bernie Ecclestone, Max Mosley, and the team bosses in the famous FISA-FOCA war for control of Formula One.

Balestre was many things to many people. Racer? Iron-fisted dictator? Manipulator? Crusader? All are descriptions that easily could describe the man who led the FIA for13 years until he was pushed out by Mosley.

He was a complicated man, but when anyone looks at the sum total of his motorsports life, he must be recognized for his role as a safety proponent. Regardless of his past, or mistakes he may have made during his reign, his reforms made Formula One a safer sport.


Schumacher rides again!

Michael Scumacher is back on the winning track. On a bike.

The seven-time Formula 1 world champion followed up a third place in Hungary last week with a win in Spain in just his second race on two wheels. Now he's upping the ante this week in Italy, where he plans to run in a 10 lap competitive event.

Reuters reports Ducati is already denying Schumacher’s aim is MotoGP, saying it hasn’t has contact with any of Schumacher’s people.

Granted Hungary and Spain were just a pair of low level races, but still, love him or hate him, the man is unbelievable on two wheels or four. This guy is so much easier to like now that he is retired. Crazyfast. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six

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