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Freewheeling Masotto!

Gianpaolo Masotto, a well-known name among karting experts, is one of the world’s most experienced chassis manufacturers. We met with him and, what was supposed to be a brief chat, changed into an explosive interview!

Gianpaolo Masotto is a 60-year-old kid with a passion for karts that is still very much alive. He saw a kart for the first time in 1974 at the age of 15, the age in which today’s drivers leave karts to race in single-seaters ... Before dedicating himself to the care of his brother’s vehicles as a mechanic, he raced both in 100 cc and 125 cc until 1980. Then, as always happens in stories that could be told in a Hollywood film, he accidentally made his first frame. Tony Bosio, the owner of Tony Kart at the time, was too busy and was unable to give the Masotto brothers a frame in the required time. So Gianpaolo set out to build it himself using the equipment of the Brescia wizard. It was 1982 and, shortly thereafter, Gianpaolo became a frame builder at a time when demand far exceeded the offer and there was truly plenty of work (the good old days, Ed).

... and what happened next?

I stayed at Tony Kart until 1988, then I started working for Righetti & Ridolfi, first for the carpentry (bumpers, etc ...), then for the production of the Gold chassis from 1993. I stayed at Righetti & Ridolfi until 1999. We won a European championship in 1994 and we also risked triumphing at the World Championship, always the same year, with Paolo Moro. 1995 was also an extraordinary year, with our drivers Palmieri, Azzolina and Tarabelli always on the podium.

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