"You have to give a lot of the
credit to Bob," said Dick Mann
on his 1970 Daytona victory. "He
did some extra work on the bike
that the European teammates
didn't do, and our bike finished
and they didn't. We had a good
strategy and worked well together, and it was a real workout for
both of us, but it all worked out
at the end. He deserves a lot of
credit for preparing the Honda
Just a few months after Honda's victory at Daytona, Hansen
accepted an attractive offer to
work for Kawasaki. That compa-
ny wanted to establish a name in
racing as well and felt that Hansen would be the right person
to coordinate its racing efforts.
It proved to be a good decision.
Under Hansen's guidance, Kawasaki won its first AMA National
with Yvon DuHamel, and became
a powerhouse in U.S. racing.
While at Kawasaki, Hansen
also served as vice president of
the AMA's competition committee, the rules-making body for
racing. Hansen was also the U.S.
delegate on the FIM road racing
By the mid-1970s, after a short
stint with Italian manufacturer
orrado Cecchinelli is the man responsible for the seamless integration of the control Magnet-Marelli ECU and
software into the MotoGP class in 2014. Already a number
of CRT teams are using the ECU and software, which is
being supplied free from Dorna, though there has been
teething problems. NGM Mobile Forward Racing's Colin
Edwards said his team had some difficulty with the control
equipment at the recent Sepang test, though those kinks
were eventually ironed out.
Cecchinelli came to the job of MotoGP technical boss
after a career spent mostly at Ducati. He rose through the
ranks of Ducati to become second in command at Ducati Corse after having early on been the technical boss of
the MotoGP team. In January 2011, the graduate of Turin
Polytechnic took the job as Director of Technology for the
MotoGP World Championship. In that capacity, he's responsible for all technical aspects for all three classes, Moto3,
Moto2, and MotoGP.
From its inception, Cecchinelli has been intimately in-
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Laverda, Hansen moved out of
the motorcycle industry and
made his living in real estate.
Later in life Hansen kept up
with his interest in motorcycles by
restoring collector bikes and acting as a consultant for Heritage
Racing, a Honda vintage racing
operation. A wonderful storyteller, for years he was in demand at
various racing gatherings to give
talks on his days in racing.
Hansen is survived by his
daughters, Roberta Hansen and
Kathy Dunkerley. A memorial service is planned for April.