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1949 Grand Prix season
1949 Grand Prix season
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The 1949 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the inaugural F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship for motorcycle racing, with all the events held in Europe. There were five classes, 500cc, 350cc, 250cc 125cc and Sidecars. Championship points were awarded to the top five finishers in each race (10, 8, 7, 6, 5) with an extra point for the fastest lap. All rounds counted towards the championship in the 125cc, 250cc and Sidecar categories, while in the 350cc and 500cc championships, only the best three results counted.

1949 Grands Prix season calendar

#DateGrand PrixCircuit125cc250cc350cc500ccSidecars 600ccReport
1Jun 17United KingdomIsle of Man TTSnaefell mountain courseRepublic of IrelandManliff BarringtonUnited KingdomFreddie FrithUnited KingdomHarold DaniellReport
2Jul 3SwitzerlandSwiss Grand PrixCircuit BremgartenItalyNello PaganiItalyBruno RuffoUnited KingdomFreddie FrithUnited KingdomLeslie GrahamUnited KingdomOliver/JenkinsonReport
3Jul 9NetherlandsDutch TTTT Circuit AssenItalyNello PaganiUnited KingdomFreddie FrithItalyNello PaganiReport
4Jul 9BelgiumBelgian Grand PrixCircuit de Spa-FrancorchampsUnited KingdomFreddie FrithUnited KingdomBill DoranUnited KingdomOliver/JenkinsonReport
5Aug 20UlsterUlster Grand PrixClady CircuitUnited KingdomMaurice CannUnited KingdomFreddie FrithUnited KingdomLeslie GrahamReport
6Sep 4ItalyNations Grand PrixMonzaItalyGianni LeoniItalyDario AmbrosiniItalyNello PaganiItalyFrigerio/DobelliReport

Standings

Points were awarded to the top five finishers in each race with an extra point for the fastest lap. All rounds counted towards the championship in the 125cc, 250cc and Sidecar categories, while in the 350cc and 500cc championships, only the best three results counted.

Position 1st  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  Fastest lap 
Points1087651

500cc final standings

PosRiderBikeMAN
United Kingdom
SUI
Switzerland
HOL
Netherlands
BEL
Belgium
ULS
Ulster
NAC
Italy
Pts
1United Kingdom Leslie GrahamAJS1012Ret1Ret30 (31)
2Italy Nello PaganiGilera4153129 (40)
3Italy Arciso ArtesianiGilera232Ret225 (32)
4United Kingdom Bill DoranAJS8Ret14323
5Northern Ireland Artie BellNorton4Ret44220 (26)
6United Kingdom Harold DaniellNorton136717
7United Kingdom Johnny LockettNorton2Ret5RetRet13
8Italy Enrico LorenzettiMoto Guzzi1037
9Republic of Ireland Ernie LyonsVelocette37
10Italy Guido LeoniMoto Guzzi6Ret646
11New Zealand Syd JensenTriumph5Ret95
12United Kingdom Freddie FrithVelocetteRet5RetRet5
13Italy Bruno BertacchiniMoto GuzziRetRet55
14United Kingdom Jock WestAJS55
15United Kingdom Ken ArmstrongAJS60
=Northern Ireland Rex McCandlessNorton60
=United Kingdom Fred StevensTriumph60
18United Kingdom Ken BillsVelocette7Ret100
19Northern Ireland Harry TurnerNorton1870
20Italy Umberto MasettiGilera7Ret0
21Republic of Ireland Reg ArmstrongAJS70
=Italy Felice BenasedoMoto Guzzi70
23Australia Harry HintonNorton98160
24Australia George MorrisonNorton31Ret8Ret0
25Switzerland Roger RichozNorton80
=Italy Ricardo SabbadiniMoto Guzzi80
=United Kingdom James ScottTriumph80
28Italy Oscar ClemencichGilera9Ret150
29Italy Sante GeminianiMoto Guzzi90
=Switzerland Hans KaufmannGilera90
31Italy Dante BianchiMoto Guzzi100
=Switzerland Georges CordeyNorton100
=Republic of Ireland Ernie CallahanTriumph100
34United Kingdom Arthur WheelerTriumphRetRet110
35United Kingdom Phil HeathNorton11Ret0
36Italy Adelmo MandoliniMoto Guzzi110
=Switzerland Benoit MusyMoto Guzzi110
=Netherlands Drikus VeerTriumph110
38United Kingdom Oliver ScottNortonRet12150
39United Kingdom Bill BeeversNorton1612RetRetRet0
40Italy Antonio Dalle FusineGilera12Ret0
=United Kingdom Bill PetchTriumph12Ret0
42Italy Lodovico FacchinelliGilera120
43United Kingdom Edward NichollsTriumph1390
44United Kingdom Guy NewmanNorton130
=Hungary Nandor PuhonyGilera130
=Italy Orlando ValdinociGilera130
=Belgium Albert VertriestTriumph130
48Italy Alfeo MaramottiMoto Guzzi140
=Australia Eric McPhersonAJS140
=Netherlands Jacques SchotNorton140
=Hungary László SzabóGilera140
=Belgium Jules TachenyTriumph140
53United Kingdom Roy EvansNorton150
=Netherlands Gerard HoekBMW150
55United Kingdom Jack BaileyTriumph17Ret0
56United Kingdom Johnny HodgkinNorton190
57United Kingdom Dick AddieNorton200
58United Kingdom Albert MouleTriumph210
59United Kingdom George PatersonTriumph220
60Northern Ireland Bob MatthewsNorton230
61United Kingdom George HaydenNorton240
62United Kingdom John PurnellNorton250
63United Kingdom Lesly HillNorton260
64United Kingdom Archie FennNorton270
65United Kingdom Harry FrancisNorton280
66United Kingdom Eric HardyNorton290
67United Kingdom Jack BrettNorton300
68United Kingdom Lennart FenningNorton320
69United Kingdom Rob WestonNorton330
70United Kingdom Joe GlazebrookTriumph340
71United Kingdom Joe DentNorton350
-United Kingdom Bob FosterMoto GuzziRetRetRetRet0
-Italy Carlos BandirolaGileraRetRetRet0
-United Kingdom Eric BriggsNortonRetRetRet0
-United Kingdom Les DearNortonRetRetRet0
-United Kingdom Ted FrendAJSRetRetRet0
-Scotland Fergus AndersonMoto GuzziRetRet0
-United Kingdom Wilf BillingtonNortonRetRet0
-United Kingdom Norman CroftTriumphRetRet0
-United Kingdom Frank FryNortonRetRet0
-United Kingdom Eric OliverNortonRetRet0
-United Kingdom Ernie ThomasTriumphRetRet0
-United Kingdom David WhitworthTriumphRetRet0
-Italy Dario AmbrosiniGileraRet0
-United Kingdom Syl AndertonTriumphRet0
-United Kingdom Syd BarnettNortonRet0
-France Jean BehraMoto GuzziRet0
-Italy Aldo BernardoniGileraRet0
-United Kingdom Ernie BraineNortonRet0
-United Kingdom Charlie BrettVelocetteRet0
-Italy Aldo BriniGileraRet0
-United Kingdom Gerard CarterNortonRet0
-Spain Javier de OrtuetaNortonRet0
-United Kingdom Roland DumondMoto GuzziRet0
-Czech Republic Juhan FrantaMoto GuzziRet0
-Belgium Auguste GoffinTriumphRet0
-United Kingdom Arthur GoodNortonRet0
-Switzerland Hans HaldemannMoto GuzziRet0
-Netherlands Piet KnijnenburgBMWRet0
-Belgium Roger LaurentMoto GuzziRet0
-United Kingdom Sid LawtonTriumphRet0
-United Kingdom Reg LeeNortonRet0
-Belgium Leon MartinGileraRet0
-United Kingdom Reginald MacDonaldTriumphRet0
-United Kingdom Tommy McEwanTriumphRet0
-Italy Armando MieleGileraRet0
-United Kingdom Stan MillerNortonRet0
-United Kingdom Bert MyersTriumphRet0
-United Kingdom Billy GrahamNortonRet0
-United Kingdom Ashley ParryNortonRet0
-Netherlands Hub PellikaanBMWRet0
-United Kingdom Henry PinningtonNortonRet0
-United Kingdom Charlie SaltNortonRet0
-Italy Emilio SopraniGileraRet0
-Netherlands Jan VeerTriumphRet0
-United Kingdom Roy WalkerNortonRet0
-United Kingdom Tom WycherleyNortonRet0
PosRiderBikeMAN
United Kingdom
SUI
Switzerland
HOL
Netherlands
BEL
Belgium
ULS
Ulster
NAC
Italy
Pts
ColourResult
GoldWinner
Silver2nd place
Bronze3rd place
GreenFinished, in points
BlueFinished, no points
Not classified (NC)
PurpleDid not finish (Ret)
RedDid not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
BlackDisqualified (DSQ)
WhiteDid not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
BlankDid not participate
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

Constructors' 500cc World Championship

PosConstructorUnited KingdomSwitzerlandNetherlandsBelgiumUlsterItalyPts
1United Kingdom AJS61211332 (48)
2Italy Gilera-2123131 (46)
3United Kingdom Norton13442Ret25 (37)
4Italy Moto GuzziRet6103Ret413
5United Kingdom Velocette35Ret10--12
6United Kingdom Triumph5Ret1198Ret5
-Germany BMW--15---0

350cc final standings

PlaceRiderCountryMachinePointsWins
1United Kingdom Freddie FrithUnited KingdomVelocette335
2Republic of Ireland Reg ArmstrongIrelandAJS180
3United Kingdom Bob FosterUnited KingdomVelocette160
4Australia Eric McPhersonAustraliaAJS160
5United Kingdom Johnny LockettUnited KingdomNorton140
6United Kingdom David WhitworthUnited KingdomVelocette120
7United Kingdom Leslie GrahamUnited KingdomAJS80
8Republic of Ireland Ernie LyonsIrelandVelocette80
9United Kingdom Charlie SaltUnited KingdomVelocette80
10United Kingdom Bill DoranUnited KingdomAJS70

250cc final standings

PlaceRiderCountryMachinePointsWins
1Italy Bruno RuffoItalyMoto Guzzi241
2Italy Dario AmbrosiniItalyBenelli191
3United Kingdom Ronald MeadUnited KingdomNorton130
4United Kingdom Maurice CannUnited KingdomMoto Guzzi111
5Italy Claudio MastellariItalyMoto Guzzi110
6Republic of Ireland Manliff BarringtonIrelandMoto Guzzi101
7South Africa Russel WoodSouth AfricaMoto Guzzi90
8United Kingdom Fergus AndersonUnited KingdomMoto Guzzi80
9Italy Gianni LeoniItalyMoto Guzzi80
10Italy Umberto MasettiItalyBenelli70

125cc final standings

PlaceRiderCountryMachinePointsWins
1Italy Nello PaganiItalyMondial272
2Italy Renato MagiItalyMorini140
3Italy Umberto MasettiItalyMorini130
4Italy Carlo UbbialiItalyMondial130
5Italy Gianni LeoniItalyMondial111
6Italy Oscar ClemengichItalyMondial80
7Italy Umberto PragaItalyMondial70
8Italy Celeste CavaciutiItalyMondial70
9Italy Franco BertoniItalyMV Agusta60
10Italy Giuseppe MatucciItalyMV Agusta50

Sidecar final standings

PlaceRiderCountryMachinePointsWins
1United Kingdom Eric Oliver / Denis JenkinsonUKNorton272
2Italy Ercole Frigerio / Lorenzo DobelliItalyGilera181
3BelgiumUnited Kingdom Frans Vanderschrick / Martin WhitneyBelgium/United KingdomNorton160
4Italy Ernesto Merlo / Aldo VeglioItalyGilera130
5Italy Albino Milani / Ezio RicottiItalyGilera121
6Switzerland Hans Haldemann / Herbert LäderachSwitzerlandNorton80
7Switzerland Roland Benz / Max HirzelSwitzerlandBMW60
8Switzerland Jakob Keller / Ernst BrutschiSwitzerlandGilera60
9United Kingdom Peter 'Pip' Harris / Neil SmithUnited KingdomNorton50
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