Paul Smart dies in a traffic accident

Motorcycling dresses in mourning once again. Paul Smart died this past Wednesday after suffering a traffic accident in East Sussex (United Kingdom). The ex-pilot lost his life after a collision, when he was riding a motorcycle, at 78 years of age. The event is being investigated by the Kent Police Department and, so far, no further information has been given in this regard.

Paul Smart made his debut in the Motorcycle World Championship in 1970, Although he was already known for being an off-road pilot, who always liked to try all the modalities that this sport offered. Before his big debut, He participated several times in the legendary Isle of Man TT race. At the time, he was driving a Greeves Silverstone and a Norton, with which he achieved his best results. It was in 1967 and 1969, both times with two silvers in the 750cc class.

Despite his time in the World Championship in the 250, 350, 500cc categories, where he accumulated several podiums with a Yamaha in the different classes in which he participated, His greatest triumph (and the most recognized of his career) came in 1972, as the winner of the 200 Imola Miles on a Ducati Desmo 750. Six years later, he hung up his overalls and helmet, but his life was not far from motorcycling: he dedicated himself to selling motorcycles locally. At 78 he leaves behind two children and his wife, Maggie, brother of another ex-pilot, Barry Sheene.

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