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Jarno Saarinen
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Nationality Finnish
Born (1945-12-11)11 December 1945
Turku, Finland
Died 20 May 1973(1973-05-20) (aged 27)
Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 1968, 1970 – 1973
First race 1968 125cc Finnish Grand Prix
Last race 1973 250cc Nations Grand Prix
First win 1971 350cc Czechoslovakian Grand Prix
Last win 1973 250cc West German Grand Prix
Team(s) Yamaha
Championships 250cc – 1972
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
46 15 32 N/A 15

Jarno Karl Keimo Saarinen (11 December 1945 – 20 May 1973) was a Finnish professional Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. In the early 1970s, he was considered one of the most promising and talented motorcycle racers of his era until he was killed during the 1973 Nations Grand Prix in Italy. Saarinen's death led to increased demands for better safety conditions for motorcycle racers competing in the world championships. He remains the only Finn to have won a motorcycle road racing world championship. Saarinen was inducted into the F.I.M. MotoGP Hall of Fame in 2009.

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