“We were shocked to hear of the death of our esteemed and beloved colleague Ralf Waldmann, known to our audience as a knowledgeable and experienced MotoGP expert, who shares his thoughts with his family and friends, and we’ll miss him very much,” said Susanne Aigner. Drews, Managing Director Discovery Networks Germany.
“We regret the death of the multiple Grand Prix winner Ralf Waldmann, our thoughts are with his friends and his family,” said the MotoGP series on Sunday afternoon on their homepage.
Former MotoGP rider Alex Hofmann wrote: “Ride in peace, Waldi, you were so fast on the track and so unique off track.”
Waldmann rode between 1986 and 2009 in the Motorcycle World Championship, and his greatest achievements were the two second places in the 25 cc class in 1996 and 1997. He finished 50 times on the podium in his career.
No other rider in history has celebrated 20 wins without a World Cup title. In 1996 he was six points behind the champion, 1997 only two. In both cases, the fun-loving Waldmann was beaten to the title by Italian Max Biaggi, who has paid tribute to his friend and sporting rival, saying: “You left us way too soon, Waldy. We will miss you.”