Paul Smart: Retired GP & Isle of Man TT Racer Passes
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the loss of a fellow racing enthusiast in the motorcycle community. 78-year-old ex-racer Paul Smart was riding his motorcycle when an accident occurred, costing his life.
The man was known for winning the 1972 Imola 200 for Ducati, as well as enjoying various successes in GP and at the TT in his earlier years.
“Paul was a hugely popular character in and out of the paddock, and much loved by his family, friends and fans around the world,” reads the family statement.
“He will forever be synonymous with Ducati, the Italian brand he propelled to international acclaim with victory in the 1972 Imola 200 race.”
“Paul also shared a special affinity with the Brands Hatch circuit, having lived literally next door in West Kingsdown for many years. So much more can and will be written in the days and weeks ahead about a life well lived that has been tragically curtailed.”