Phil Read MBE, ‘The Prince of Speed’, died on Thursday morning.
The Read family released a statement on Thursday to report that he had died peacefully in his sleep on the morning of October 6th. He was 83.
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Phil is best known for winning Yamaha’s first world championship title in 1964 with four more Yamaha-mounted titles including one fought as a privateer, plus two premier class 500cc world championships in 1973 and 1974 for the Italian MV Agusta marque.