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Competitor Profile: Laslo Szabo

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László Szabó is a quite common Hungarian name, so it''s not a big surprise, that he wasn''t the only successful rider with this name in his country.

László II Szabó, as he was called due to his often-used name, started racing in 1954, two years later he won the endurance and road-racing championship titles (he won a total of 22 national titles in these categories during his career).

A year later, he became a member of the factory MZ racing team, and in 1960 he was the first ever Hungarian to score points in a World Championship race.

With twelve podium finishes and two, consecutive fifth places in the end-of-year world championship standings he is the most successful Hungarian rider after János Drapál and Gábor Talmácsi.

In 1970 he switched to 250 cc, and after 1971 he could ride Yamaha bikes.

But in 1973 he suffered a traffic accident during his trip to a GP race, which lead to his retirement from racing.

Fortunately he kept involved in the sport: became a motorcycling-trainer, and is still teaching the tricks of competitive riding in the Hungaroring Motorcycle Racing School.

Adam Haraszti

April 2006

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