Gene Romero died Sunday on the age of 71. He’s survived by his spouse Cheri and his son Geno.
Romero was one of the crucial well-known American bike racers through the golden period of racing within the 1960s and ’70s. He developed his racing chops on filth observe and in hare scrambles in California, resulting in his later changing into a TT grasp within the early a part of his profession within the AMA Grand Nationwide Championship.
His first professional race win was on the Fortress Rock TT course in Washington state in 1966, and two years later he was capable of get a Nationwide win in Nebraska. In 1970 he took the GNC title aboard a Triumph.
Romero scored a monumental win in 1975 on the Daytona 200. That 12 months he managed to carry fourth place for the primary half of the race, then began making his strikes previous legendary riders Giacomo Agostini and Steve Baker. He grabbed maintain of the lead when Steve McLaughlin crashed and by no means appeared again. Romero began the 200 14 instances in his 16-year racing profession and 1975 marks his one and solely win.
Romero can be credited with being one of many first riders to herald sponsorship from entities exterior the bike trade, a observe that’s frequent in each top-level racing collection to today.
His bike racing profession resulted in 1981 and he moved on briefly to race automobiles. However he then got here again to bikes to handle Honda’s GNC filth observe program from ’82 to ’85.
We provide our condolences to Romero’s household and buddies throughout this tough time.