Par L'archiviste Hungarian rider Ferenc Simon surrounded by two of his rivals : Sandor Tecsi and Andras Harangvolgyi
Motocross History : How did enter into the world of motorcycling ? Ferenc Simon (FS) : A as a spectator during a race in 1958.
When did you rode a motrocycle for the first time ? FS : In 1959 at Sumeg.
When was your first race ? FS : For my first race, I fell !
How were you before approaching this race ? FS : Rather nervous !
What are your career highlights ? FS
: I was Champion of Hungary six times in a row between 1965 and 1970 !
Four times in 250cc class from 1965 to 1968 and twice in 500cc class in
1969 and 1970. Recently I received a golden licence to reward my career, during a ceremony of the Hungarian
Motorcycling Federation !
Golden licence ceremony
Which one was the hardest to clinch ? FS : 1965, because I had many problems with my bike, a Pannonia.
Did you raced in Grand Prix ? FS : Yes, but I did not score any point.
Where was your first Grand Prix and how did you feel ? FS : It was in Holice in 1964 and I was quite nervous.
Did you raced other Grand Prix ? FS : Yes, in Kielce (Poland), Moscow and Apolda (East Germany).
How were you organized for your trips during the Grand Prix ? FS : I travelled through the help of the motorsport Hungarian association.
Did you raced in other countries ? FS
: Yes I participated to internationals in France, Switzerland, West
Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy ans Austria.
Have you been a factory rider ? FS : Yes, Pannonia.
What were your favorite tracks ? FS : Natural tracks.
What were your strentghs ? FS : I was at ease on all types of tracks.
What is your best memory ? FS : It was in Bulgaria in 1965, in Sipka. There were over hundred thousand spectators !
Were you able to talk with foreign riders, when they came to Hungary ? FS : No, the system did not authorize us.
Who were your most serious opponents ? FS
: During the national championships, I fought well with Sandor Tecsi,
Jeno Mohacsi, Tibor Gal, Andras Harangvolgyi and Sandor Mate.
Do you still practice motocross ? FS : Yes, every year there is a veterans race in Budapest.
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