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Formula 1 and motorcycle world champion and racing legend John Surtees has died, March 10.

It is with great sadness to report that 83-year-old British motorsport icon John Surtees has passed away following a short illness.

Surtees is the only person to have won world championships on both two and four wheels. 

He is a four-time 500cc motorcycle world champion — 1956, 1958, 1959 and 1960. He then became a Formula One World Champion in 1964.

He began his racing career off-road in his early teens before going on to become a true legend of motor racing.



In a statement issued on his family report Surtees was admitted to a London hospital with an existing respiratory condition 

“We deeply mourn the loss of such an incredible, kind and loving man as well as celebrate his amazing life,” they said in a statement. “He has set a very real example of someone who kept pushing himself at his peak and one who continued fighting until the very end.” offer our condolences to the Surtees family at this time.