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One of the greatest sporting stars of the 20th century
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Barry was so popular his face was recognised throughout the UK
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1976 and 1977 Sheene was world champion in the 500cc class at Suzuki
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The 1979 British Grand Prix at Silverstone was an epic duel between Sheene and King Kenny Roberts, the teak-tough reigning world champion from the USA. As Sheene passed his rival at 180mph he infamously put two fingers up behind his back
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Lying in his hospital bed, Sheene reeled off the injuries he’d suffered as if he was reading a shopping list. “Broken femur, collarbone and ribs, busted wrists and forearm, and a lot of skin off in the wrong places…” Then, with a wry smile, he added: “Other than that, I feel brand new.”

 

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A legend on the track and of it