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Anton Mang

Anton Mang German motorcycle racer

German motorcycle racer
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro German motorcycle racer
A.K.A. Anton Mang
Is Actor Motorcycle racer
From Germany
Type Film, Television, Stage and Radio Sports
Gender male
Birth 29 September 1949, Inning am Ammersee, Germany
Age: 70 years
Star sign LibraLibra
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Biography

Anton ("Toni") Mang (born 29 September 1949 in Inning (Starnberg) at the Ammersee) is a former five-time world champion in Grand Prix motorcycle racing from Germany.

Early life

When he was 11 he had his first experience with motorcycles on the DKW RT 125, but soon afterwards he chose skibobbing as his favored sport. He was successful at this sport, winning the German National Championship as well as the Junior European Championship in skibobbing at the age of 16.

Still, motorsports kept pulling at him and he took part in a 50cc race on a Kreidler two years later though he had to pull out of the race due to mechanical difficulties.

Professional racing

In 1970 Mang joined the reigning 125cc world champion Dieter Braun's team as his mechanic. Together with Sepp Schloegl and Alfons Zender Mang, he developed the "Schloegl Mang Zender" (SMZ 250). With this machine, he took part in a race on an airfield in Augsburg and claimed his first victory. In 1975 he won the German Championship on 350cc Yamaha. Also in 1975 he competed in his first Grand Prix at the Austrian round of the world championship.

His first Grand Prix victory came at the 1976 German Grand Prix at the 22.8 km Nordschleife Circuit at Nürburgring on a 125cc Morbidelli. His success earned him a ride with Kawasaki riding Kawasaki KR250 and KR350s for the 1978 season. In 1980 he became World Champion in the 250 cc class and runner-up in the 350cc class behind Jon Ekerold. In 1981 he won both the 250cc and 350cc World Championships and became German Sportsman of the Year. In 1982, he became the last ever 350cc World Champion as the class was abolished at the end of the year. He fell just one point short of defending his 250cc championship, despite winning five races.

In 1983 Mang moved up to the 500 cc class, but a bad injury sustained in a skiing accident at the start of the season preventing him from competing until the middle of August. He failed to finish above 10th place in any of the races. In the subsequent year, 1984, Mang returned to the 250 cc class and finished 5th in the World Championship on a private 250 cc Yamaha. In 1985, a strong performance by Freddie Spencer left him in second place in the championship. 1986 saw him finish in 4th place in the series. Moreover, the fruitful collaboration with his chief mechanic and friend Sepp Schloegl came to an end.

In 1987 he became 250cc World Champion for the third time with 8 consecutive victories. At 38, he was the oldest World Champion in the history of Grand Prix motorcycle racing history. He started the 1988 season with a victory, but injuries sustained in a bad crash in the Rijeka race in Yugoslavia forced him into retirement. Mang retired with a lifetime total of 42 GP wins. The FIM named him a Grand Prix "Legend" in 2001.

Like Angel Nieto on lighter 50cc and 125cc machinery, Mang specialized in medium-sized 250cc and 350cc bikes, winning all 5 of his championships on medium bikes.

Motorcycle Grand Prix results [2]

Points system from 1968 to 1987

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Points 15 12 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1

Points system from 1988 to 1992

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Points 20 17 15 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Points Rank Wins
1975 350cc SMZ FRA
ESP
AUT
GER
NAT
IOM
NED
FIN
CZE
YUG
5 26th 0
1976 125cc Morbidelli FRA
NAT
NED
BEL
SWE
FIN
GER
ESP
32 5th 1
1977 125cc Morbidelli VEN
AUT
GER
NAT
ESP
FRA
YUG
NED
BEL
SWE
FIN
GBR
55 5th 0
500cc Suzuki VEN
AUT
GER
NAT
FRA
NED
BEL
SWE
FIN
CZE
GBR
4 25th 0
1978 250cc Kawasaki VEN
ESP
FRA
NAT
NED
BEL
SWE
FIN
GBR
GER
CZE
YUG
52 5th 1
350cc Kawasaki VEN
AUT
FRA
NAT
NED
SWE
FIN
GBR
GER
CZE
YUG
14 16th 0
1979 250cc Kawasaki VEN
GER
NAT
ESP
YUG
NED
BEL
SWE
FIN
GBR
CZE
FRA
56 6th 0
350cc Kawasaki VEN
AUT
GER
NAT
ESP
YUG
NED
FIN
GBR
CZE
FRA
63 4th 0
1980 250cc Kawasaki NAT
ESP
FRA
YUG
NED
BEL
FIN
GBR
CZE
GER
128 1st 4
350cc Kawasaki NAT
FRA
NED
GBR
CZE
GER
60 2nd 2
1981 250cc Kawasaki ARG
GER
NAT
FRA
ESP
NED
BEL
RSM
GBR
FIN
SWE
CZE
160 1st 10
350cc Kawasaki ARG
AUT
GER
NAT
YUG
NED
GBR
CZE
103 1st 5
1982 250cc Kawasaki FRA
ESP
NAT
NED
BEL
YUG
GBR
SWE
FIN
CZE
RSM
GER
117 2nd 5
350cc Kawasaki ARG
AUT
FRA
NAT
NED
GBR
FIN
CZE
GER
81 1st 1
1983 500cc Suzuki RSA
FRA
NAT
GER
ESP
AUT
YUG
NED
BEL
GBR
SWE
RSM
2 18th 0
1984 250cc Yamaha RSA
NAT
ESP
AUT
GER
FRA
YUG
NED
BEL
GBR
SWE
RSM
61 5th 1
1985 250cc Honda RSA
ESP
GER
NAT
AUT
YUG
NED
BEL
FRA
GBR
SWE
RSM
124 2nd 2
1986 250cc Honda ESP
NAT
GER
AUT
YUG
NED
BEL
FRA
GBR
SWE
RSM
65 4th 1
1987 250cc Honda JPN
ESP
GER
NAT
AUT
YUG
NED
FRA
GBR
SWE
CZE
RSM
POR
BRA
ARG
136 1st 8
1988 250cc Honda JPN
USA
ESP
EXP
NAT
GER
AUT
NED
BEL
YUG
FRA
GBR
SWE
CZE
BRA
87 8th 1
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http://www.motogp.com/en/MotoGP+Legends
http://www.motogp.com/en/riders/profiles/Anton+Mang
https://d-nb.info/gnd/118577034
http://isni.org/isni/0000000013857960
https://viaf.org/viaf/37708713
https://www.worldcat.org/identities/viaf-37708713
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