One of the great sidecar racing duo's of the 50's was Ernesto Merlo and passenger Dino Magi riders for the Gilera team.The duo won the 1952 Nations GP and Ernesto Merlo was Italian Sidecar Champion in 1952 and 54. Sadly, Dino Magri lost his life in a huge crash during the sidecar race of the Circuit of Luino, held on 14 August 1955. Ernesto Merlo recovered from the accident and lived until 8/4/2003 (He was 83
barry sheene e kenny roberts... I wasn't old enough to see these duals but did Barry Sheene leave Suzuki because: Yamaha made a better bike and/or Suzuki didn't put as much effort in on his behalf as Yamaha did for Kenny Roberts or he tried to bully Suzuki into a pay rise? I don't know but any or all could be true. Whichever he never reclaimed his title.