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Eddie Lawson

Eddie Lawson

Date of Birth - March 11th 1958


Like Kenny Roberts, an American graduate of the dirt tracks, Eddie Lawson was born in 1958 and from an early age was very much a motorcycle star in the making. He first lept to fame by winning thr 250cc race in 1979 on a Yamaha

His wins in the US Superbike Championship in 1981 and 1982 were commemorated by the much-prized Eddie Lawson Kawasaki Z1100R replica. Coming at such an early stage in his career this is a lasting testament to the impact he made in American domestic racing during the early 1980s.

Suceeding the 'King' Kenny Roberts as the number one rider at Team Marlboro Yamaha was probably the hardest act in racing to follow. But Lawson's great drive and telent saw him through. His records speaks for itself, winning the all-important 500cc world championship in 1984, 1986 and 1988. His forth grand prix crown in 1989 for Rothmans Honda made Lawson the only rider to win the world 500cc title in consecutive seasons on different machines.

He signed for the Italian Cagiva team in 1990 for one of the biggest fees ever seen in bike sport. The Californian's win for the Italian factory at the Hungarian 500cc GP in 1991 was the team's first GP victory in 10 years. Factory boss Claudio Castiglioni was so pleased that he promptly gave Lawson a Ferarri Testarossa.

Eddie Lawson retired from GP motorcycle racing at the end of 1992, to pursue a new career in American Indy Lights' cars.

  • Lawson's first GP race was in 1983, his first pole position was in 1984, his first podium was in 1983 and his first win was in 1984
  • 1984 AMA Pro Athlete of the Year. 1984 AMA Pro Athlete of the Year
  • The most successful American GP rider ever
  • Lawson earned 78 podium finishes in his GP career! 31 of these were victories, in the most competitive era of GP racing against the likes of Roberts, Spencer, Rainey, Mamola, Doohan, Gardner and Schwantz detail


  • Marital Status - Married

Race Stats

  • Debut - 1981 (250 cc), 1983 (500 cc)
  • 500cc Grand Prix starts - 134
  • 500cc Grand Prix victories - 31, 23% win rate
  • 500cc Grand Prix podiums - 76
  • 500cc World Championships - 4, 1984, 86, 88 and 89
  • Ridden for - Kawasaki, Yamaha, Honda and Cagiva
  • Pole position - N/A
  • Fastest Laps - N/A