Dutch Motorcycle Road Racing legend Cees van Dongen passed away on 23-12-2011.
Cees van Dongen was a great roadracer, but perhaps an ever greater technician ( a genius). When everybody even factories machines were still using conventional contactbrakerpoint ignitions Cees and his father had developed a thyristor ignition already in 1959!. Casting cylinders or making a 9 speed gearbox for his Kreidler, dry clutch and 6 speed gearbox for his Yamaha, nothing was a problem for Cees. Even 4 strokes did not have any secrets for him, his Honda CR93 was the fastest machine in the field finishing 5th at the 125cc Dutch TT, leaving several works machines behind him.
In 1961 Cees was offered a Yamaha factory machine, the RA41, for the 125cc Dutch TT in which he finished 14th with rearbrake problems. We are so happy that 50 years later Cees was present at Assen to celebrate Yamaha’s 50th anniversary.
From Cees I have learned a lot, and it has been a real privilege to have known him so close for so many years.
Thanks Cees and rest in peace.
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NAME : CEES VAN DONGEN
DATE OF BIRTH : 25 February 1932 - PLACE OF BIRTH: Rotterdam . DIED: 23-12-2011 – Capelle a/d IJssel.
FIRST RACE : 1953 – Vriezenveen Overijssel – 50cc Victoria – RETIRED FROM RACING: 1980 after Dutch TT Assen.
GRAND PRIX DEBUT: 1957 – ASSEN/NED – 125cc NSU FOX (retired)
FIRST GP WIN : 1969 – Jarama/SPAIN – 125cc Suzuki RT65
TOTAL GP WINS : 1. 1-125cc-Suzuki
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: TOTAL GP PODIUM PLACES : 4
1958 – Dutch Champion – 250cc NSU 1st. - 1. - 1 ( 125cc-Suzuk i)
1962 – Dutch Champion – 250cc Honda 3rd. - 3. - 2 ( 125cc-Suzuki ) 1 ( 125cc-Yamaha )
1963 – Dutch Champion – 125cc Honda
1964 – Dutch Champion - 50cc Kreidler
1964 – Dutch Champion – 125cc Honda
1965 – Dutch Champion – 250cc Bultaco
1966 – Dutch Champion – 125cc Honda
1967 – Dutch Champion – 125cc Honda
1968 – Dutch Champion – 250cc Yamaha
1971 – Dutch Champion – 125cc Yamaha
1972 – Dutch Champion – 125cc Yamaha
1976 – Dutch Champion - 50cc Kreidler
1978 – Dutch Champion – 125cc Morbidelli
RESULTS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS:
YEAR / POS / CLASS / MACHINE / GP WINS COUNTRY
1969 3rd 125cc Suzuki / 1. SPAIN
MACHINES HE HAS RIDDEN IN HIS CAREER.
50cc Royal Nord
50cc Kreidler 12 speed (Works)
50cc van Veen Kreidler (Works)
50cc Jamathi (Works)
50cc Honda RC110 (Works)
50cc Honda CR110
125cc NSU Fox
125cc NSU Renfox (Works)
125cc MV Agusta (Works)
125cc Honda RC145 (2 cyl Works)
125cc Honda RC146 (4 cyl Works)
125cc Honda CR93 (Home tuned fastest in the world 5th 1966 Dutch TT)
125cc MZ RE (works)
125cc Suzuki RT65 (Works)
125cc Yamaha RA41 (Works)
125cc Yamaha (Home tuned fastest in the world)
250cc NSU Sportmax
250cc Honda RC162 ( 4 cyl Works)
250cc Honda CR72
250cc Yamaha TD2
250cc Yamaha RD56 (Works)
500cc Norton Manx
500cc Honda CB450 (Endurance Racing)