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Formula 1 and MotoGP colleagues pay tribute to Charlie Moody

Former colleagues from both Formula 1 and MotoGP gathered to pay tribute to Charlie Moody in a memorial service on Tuesday.

Moody, who passed away last month, first joined F1 as a mechanic with Walter Wolf's team in 1977, staying on through the Fittipaldi era and then moving with driver Keke Rosberg to Williams, where Rosberg won the 1982 title. Moody was also responsible for strapping Ayrton Senna into an F1 car for the first time when the Brazilian legend had his maiden test with Williams at Donington Park in 1983.

Stints at Benetton and Leyton House followed, but it was in 1994 that Moody excelled himself as the very first employee of Simtek, where he played a vital role in setting up the new team from scratch.

Following Simtek's collapse, Moody had a stint working in touring cars before a brief return to F1 with Williams' BMW test programme. He then moved to MotoGP with Team Roberts in 2001, before joining Suzuki in 2008, and becoming just as popular in the motorcycle paddock as he had been in F1.

It was a measure of his popularity that nearly every member of the old Team Roberts and 2011 Suzuki MotoGP teams attended the service, which was held at St Peters Church in Filkins, Gloucestershire.

(With thanks to Paul Denning)

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