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Contributions of drivers, journalists and others who were involved in any kind of way with Johnny Cecotto during his career...

JON EKEROLD: World Champion motorcycle racing 350cc in 1980;
"Johnny Cecotto first came to the attention of the world with an astonishing performance in the 1975 Daytona 200 mile race. It was a perfor-mance that had the journalists searching for new superlatives, and when it was announced that the kid would contest the 250 and 350 world championships on works Yamahas, the racing world could hardly wait for the action to begin. But Johnny was to prove to be more than just a great racer. He had those indefinable superstar qualities that attract crowds and have the press frantically reaching for their note pads. When we heard the news that Johnny had both won the 250 and 350 GP's in France, beating the great Ago in the process, we were totally stunned. I was to accompany Kork Ballington at the 200 mile race at Imola and I figured it would be a great opportunity to see Cecotto in action. At the 6th gear sweep after the start and finish I had my first glimpse of Johnny. He was the only one not to rolling off and he had the big Yamaha squirming all over the place. But what struck me more than anything else was how smooth and effortless he made it all look. I will never forget the sight of young Johnny trying to make his way to the victory rostrum after the race. With the self-confidence of a man who seemed to know he was destined to be a champion, he strode through the thousands of delirious Italian fans, leathers around his waist and dark glasses in place. He was pure superstar. The French Grand Prix 350 at Paul Ricard in 1980 was undoubtedly the finest race of my career. It was the first opportunity I had of racing against the man while being at the peak of his ability and it was a treat for me to be able to witness his awesome skills up close. Johnny Cecotto was without doubt one of the finest motorcycle riders ever to grace the Grand Prix scene. He was extra-ordinarily skilful and he possessed a fierce will to win. To have beaten him in a straight one to one fight was an incredible thrill for me".
All words taken from the book "The Privateer" with kind permission of Jon Ekerold

WIL HARTOG: Dutch ex-driver in motorcycle Grand Prix racing;
"I remember Johnny Cecotto as the phenomenon who as a very young driver with number 96 went very fast on the Daytona Speedway in Florida in 1975 . In the following years he showed to be a fantastic racing driver in the Grand Prix's, very fast, always fair and very kind indeed. The most difficult moment I had with Johnny was in 1976 at Assen when he fell of his bike at the Geert Timmer curve. He then lost his burning fuel tank which came against my foot while driving behind him and therefore I had to retire. He was a fantastic racing driver and a magnificent human being".

JON EKEROLD: World Champion motorcycle racing 350cc in 1980;
"Johnny Cecotto first came to the attention of the world with an astonishing performance in the 1975 Daytona 200 mile race. It was a perfor-mance that had the journalists searching for new superlatives, and when it was announced that the kid would contest the 250 and 350 world championships on works Yamahas, the racing world could hardly wait for the action to begin. But Johnny was to prove to be more than just a great racer. He had those indefinable superstar qualities that attract crowds and have the press frantically reaching for their note pads. When we heard the news that Johnny had both won the 250 and 350 GP's in France, beating the great Ago in the process, we were totally stunned. I was to accompany Kork Ballington at the 200 mile race at Imola and I figured it would be a great opportunity to see Cecotto in action. At the 6th gear sweep after the start and finish I had my first glimpse of Johnny. He was the only one not to rolling off and he had the big Yamaha squirming all over the place. But what struck me more than anything else was how smooth and effortless he made it all look. I will never forget the sight of young Johnny trying to make his way to the victory rostrum after the race. With the self-confidence of a man who seemed to know he was destined to be a champion, he strode through the thousands of delirious Italian fans, leathers around his waist and dark glasses in place. He was pure superstar. The French Grand Prix 350 at Paul Ricard in 1980 was undoubtedly the finest race of my career. It was the first opportunity I had of racing against the man while being at the peak of his ability and it was a treat for me to be able to witness his awesome skills up close. Johnny Cecotto was without doubt one of the finest motorcycle riders ever to grace the Grand Prix scene. He was extra-ordinarily skilful and he possessed a fierce will to win. To have beaten him in a straight one to one fight was an incredible thrill for me".
All words taken from the book "The Privateer" with kind permission of Jon Ekerold