|Antonio Cobas Dead At 52
legendary gp engineer
by dean adams
Wednesday, April 14, 2004
Spaniard Antonio Cobas, perhaps not the best-known engineer in the GP paddock but still a huge force in Grand Prix technical matters, died today at age 52.
To say that Cobas was influential in GP machine design and technical direction is an understatement. In the 1980s he was at the forefront of 125/250 chassis design and many of his designs later saw larger use on Japanese GP bikes (albeit in the smaller classes). Cobas' Rotax/Cobas 250 was a two-stroke weapon, one used by both Sito Pons and Alex Criville, and it is generally accepted that Yamaha used that machine as a starting point when they first designed the Deltabox frame.
Cobas worked in recent years for the Pons's squad as their technical director, working closely with Max Biaggi. When he fell ill last year and could not travel to the races, he still consulted with the team via e-mail.
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