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John Kocinski

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John Kocinski

John Kocinski


Born: 1-Mar-68

Born March 1968. In 1990 rode a YZR250 in the GP250 and took the championship title with seven wins. In 1991, rode in the 500cc class with Wayne Rainey and achieved a ranking of 4th, including a Malaysian GP win. In 1992 raced under the same arrangement and achieved a ranking of 3rd, with a win in South Africa. These were the only two wins Kocinski achieved on a YZR500. Subsequently, he raced in the 500cc class with Cagiva and Honda, then switched to the World Superbike Championships. In 1997 became the WSB champion (Honda). In 2001, also performed as a test rider when Yamaha was developing and testing the early version of the YZR-M1.

Racing career

YearClassResult & Pole positionMachine
1989 500cc 35th PP: 0 1st: 0 2nd: 0 3rd: 0 YZR500
1990 250cc Champion PP: 8 1st: 7 2nd: 3 3rd: 2 YZR250(0WB9)
1991 500cc 4th PP: 2 1st: 1 2nd: 2 3rd: 2 YZR500(0WD3)
1992 500cc 3rd PP: 2 1st: 1 2nd: 2 3rd: 2 YZR500(0WE0)

*Results for years with a Yamaha factory team, riding a Yamaha factory machine or ranked 5th or higher riding a Yamaha production racer (World GP, World F750)


  • Malaysia GP in 1991

    Malaysia GP in 1991

  • US GP in 1991

    US GP in 1991


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