Tributes flow in for Sheene
Britain's 1996 Formula One world champion Damon Hill led the tributes to former two-time English world 500cc motorcycle champion Barry Sheene, who died on Monday from cancer at his Australian home aged 52.
Hill said he loved Sheene also because of his incredibly glamorous life off the track - "He packed more into his 52 years than most people put into 100 years... that lifestyle, the playboy, the model wife, the big, big crashes. He was famous for many different reasons.
"(Even with his cancer) he took his usual stance against the world and everything that was thrown at him - he refused to take conventional treatment and was going to do it his way, which was pure Barry."
Strong-willed Sheene - world champion in 1976 and 1977 and winner of 19 500cc Grand Prix - said last October at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island he would not be resorting to chemotherapy to fight off the cancers.
"Stomach and oesophagus are difficult cancers, I don't believe in chemotherapy, I think it's just poison, so I'm not going to get involved in that," he said.
"I've had some special microwave therapy in Western Australia, I've done an awful lot of different things."
Britain's quadruple World Superbike champion Carl Fogarty said Sheene's sheer personality had lifted the sport's profile even if his achievements on the track were not as significant as other British riders.
"He was the guy who made motorbike racing famous," Fogarty told the BBC.
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