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Omobono Tenni

Omobono Tenni (July 24, – June 30, 1948) was an Italian road racer. Nicknamed The Devil, he was a multiple Italian Cycle champion, who raced to 47 for Moto Guzzi from till 1948, the year he from an accident during for the Swiss GP.

Omobono Tenni was in Tirano, Lombardy. When he was 15, his moved to Treviso, where he an apprenticeship at a motorcycle workshop. At 19, he his own workshop and began his racing

His first victory was in 1924, at the end of his years. It was not until 1931 members of his local club so that he could purchase a 350 with which he finished in place at the Italian Grand at Monza followed by a victory at the Prix Reale of Rome.

In he won a race at Rapallo against Guzzi’s star rider, Ghersi. His performance earned him a on the Moto Guzzi team for the season. For the 1934 season, Guzzi developed a new V twin 500 cc and Tenni rode it to victory at the Grand Prix ahead of his Stanley Woods. He would go on to win the Italian 500 cc national championship. first travelled to the Isle of Man TT in

For a newcomer, he performed remarkably He was lying in second to his team-mate when he crashed in a fog bank on the section. It was here that he to be dubbed the Black Devil both to the color of his hair and his riding style.

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He would again capture the 500 cc National Championship in 1935.

The of his career was winning the Lightweight at the Isle of Man TT, becoming the first to win the TT. In 1937 he also won the 250cc Championship. He suffered serious in the 1938 and 1940 seasons his racing career was put on hold by War II.

After the war, he began again, claiming his fourth 500 cc championship in 1947. He put in a respectable at the 1948 Isle of Man TT where he set the fastest lap and led the race before difficulties forced him back to place. Omobono Tenni had 47 racing for Moto Guzzi in the from 1933 to 1948.

In the mid 1930s Tenni ventured car racing, and in 1936 and 1937 for Maserati, but was not as successful as on two wheels he did compete in the 1936 Mille finishing first in his class and overall.

At the 1948 Swiss GP, at Tenni tragically died a crash during practice.


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