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1951 Grand Prix season
1951 Grand Prix season
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The 1951 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 3rd F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix season. The season consisted of eight Grand Prix races in five classes: 500cc, 350cc, 250cc, 125cc and Sidecars 500cc. It began on April 8, with Spanish Grand Prix and ended with Nations Grand Prix on September 9.

 

#DateGrand PrixCircuit125cc250cc350cc500ccSidecars 500ccReport
1Apr 8SpainSpanish Grand PrixMontjuïc circuitItalyGuido LeoniUKTommy WoodItalyUmberto MasettiUKItalyOliver/DobelliReport
2May 27SwitzerlandSwiss Grand PrixCircuit BremgartenItalyDario AmbrosiniUKLeslie GrahamScotlandFergus AndersonItalyFrigerio/RicottiReport
3Jun 8Isle of ManIsle of Man TTSnaefell mountain courseNorthern IrelandCromie McCandlessUKTommy WoodUKGeoff DukeUKGeoff DukeReport
4Jul 1BelgiumBelgian Grand PrixCircuit de Spa-FrancorchampsUKGeoff DukeUKGeoff DukeUKItalyOliver/DobelliReport
5Jul 7NetherlandsDutch TTTT Circuit AssenItalyGianni LeoniUKBill DoranUKGeoff DukeReport
6Jul 14FranceFrench Grand PrixCircuit des PlanquesItalyBruno RuffoUKGeoff DukeItalyAlfredo MilaniUKItalyOliver/DobelliReport
7Aug 18Northern IrelandUlster Grand PrixClady CircuitNorthern IrelandCromie McCandlessItalyBruno RuffoUKGeoff DukeUKGeoff DukeReport
8Sep 9ItalyNations Grand PrixMonzaItalyCarlo UbbialiItalyEnrico LorenzettiUKGeoff DukeItalyAlfredo MilaniItalyMilani/PizzocriReport

† The race saw only four competitors and was not counted as a round of the World Championship.

Standings

Scoring system

Points were awarded to the top six finishers in each race. Only the best three races counted in the Sidecars, 125cc and 250cc, while in the 350cc and 500cc championships, the best five results counted.

Position 1st  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th 
Points864321

500cc final standings

PosRiderBikeESP
Spain
SUI
Switzerland
MAN
Isle of Man
BEL
Belgium
HOL
Netherlands
FRA
France
ULS
Northern Ireland
NAC
Italy
Pts
1UKGeoff DukeNortonRet11151435
2ItalyAlfredo MilaniGileraRetRet2214131
3ItalyUmberto MasettiGilera19Ret43221
4UKBill DoranAJS2RetRet26614
5ItalyNello PaganiGileraRetRet51038310
6IrelandReg ArmstrongAJS2Ret4RetRet9
7ScotlandFergus AndersonMoto GuzziRet1RetRet78
8ItalyEnrico LorenzettiNorton / Moto GuzziRet3839Ret8
9UKTommy WoodNorton21114166
10AustraliaKen KavanaghNortonRet2Ret6
11UKJohnny LockettNortonRet64105116
12ItalyCarlos BandirolaMV Agusta54RetRet95
13ItalySante GeminianiMoto GuzziRetRet3Ret134
14ItalyArciso ArtesianiMV Agusta3RetRetRet4
=Northern IrelandCromie McCandlessNorton34
16UKTommy McEwanNorton43
=SpainRoger MontanéNorton43
18UKJack BrettNorton756Ret83
19ItalyBruno RuffoMoto GuzziRet52
20IrelandManliff BarringtonNorton52
=SwitzerlandBenoit MusyMoto Guzzi52
22New ZealandLen PerryNorton9126Ret1
23SwitzerlandWilly LipsNorton61
=UKAlan ParryNorton61
=SpainErnesto VidalGilera61
26UKArthur WheelerNortonRet71411Ret0
27GermanyHans BaltisbergerNorton70
=UKEric BriggsNorton70
=Northern IrelandLouis CarterNorton70
=ItalyLibero LiberatiGilera70
31UKAlbert MouleNorton890
32UKBill PetchAJS / NortonRetRet8Ret150
33NetherlandsLous van RiswijkTriumphRet80
34SwitzerlandMassimo ForsterGilera80
35FinlandVäinö HollmingNorton / Moto Guzzi9Ret0
36NetherlandsCees Fokke-BoschNorton90
37New ZealandRod ColemanNorton / AJSRet1011RetRet0
38UKSidney MasonNorton10Ret0
39UKKen ArmstrongNorton100
=Northern IrelandPhil CarterNorton100
=UKLes DearNorton100
42RhodesiaRay AmmNorton28111112120
43UKGuy NewmanNorton110
44UKJack BaileyNortonRet120
=UKRoy EvansNorton / AJS12Ret0
46SwitzerlandAlexandre MayerNorton120
47UKHoward GrindleyNortonRet130
48ItalyDante BianchiMoto Guzzi130
=UKDennis LashmarNorton130
50UKM. AchesonAJS140
=ItalyGiuseppe ColnagoGilera140
=BelgiumAuguste GoffinNorton140
53UKBill HallVelocetteRet150
54FranceJean BehraMoto Guzzi150
=BelgiumLeón MartinGilera150
=UKRoy WalkerVelocette150
57ItalyGiulie GalbiatiMoto GuzziRet17Ret160
58ItalyFelice BenasedoMoto GuzziRet3116RetRet0
59UKRobert FergusonAJS160
=UKSid FranklenAJS160
61Northern IrelandErnie BarrettAJSRet170
62UKSyl AndertonNorton170
=ItalyLodovico FacchinelliGilera170
=UKJack HardingAJS170
65FranceGeorges HouelGileraRet180
66Northern IrelandCharlie GrayAJS180
=UKGeorge BrockertonBitza180
=BelgiumJaak DelsingTriumph180
69UKLeo StarrAJS27190
70UKErnie ThomasVelocette / NortonRet19Ret0
71UKGeorge PatersonAJS190
72DenmarkSven SørensenNorton200
=BelgiumAlbert VertriestTriumph200
74SwedenEvert CarlssonNorton210
=UKRonald PikeBSA210
76UKRay PettyNorton220
77UKArnold JonesNorton230
78UKAchie FennNorton240
79UKJim KentishAJS250
80UKHumphrey RansonAJS / Norton26Ret0
81CanadaEddie StidolphNorton290
82UKMax KleinAJS300
83UKLeslie HarrisNorton32Ret0
84UKErnie BraineNorton330
85UKJohn FisherVelocette340
86UKJohn ChapmanRudge-Whitworth350
87UKBill MaddrickVelocette360
88UKJ. GunnNorton370
89UKBob McDonaldAJS380
90UKBill BeeversAJS / NortonRet390
-UKLeslie GrahamMV Agusta / NortonRetRetRetRetRetRetRet0
-ItalyBruno BertacchiniMV AgustaRetRetRetRet0
-Northern IrelandBob MatthewsNortonRetRetRetRet0
-UKEric OliverNortonRetRetRetRet0
-UKMick FeatherstoneAJSRetRet0
-UKCharlie SaltBSA / VelocetteRetRet0
-BelgiumEdouard TexidorNortonRetRet0
-SpainJavier de OrtuetaNortonDNSRet0
-SpainFernando ArandaMoto GuzziRet0
-BelgiumRaymond BecquevortAJSRet0
-ItalyGaetano BiondelliGileraRet0
-UKCharlie BrettNortonRet0
-UKCharlie BrugiereAJSRet0
-SwitzerlandFlorian CamathiasBMWRet0
-UKBernard CarterTriumphRet0
-Northern IrelandPeter CarterNortonRet0
-FranceJacques CollotNortonRet0
-BelgiumEugéne CordangTriumphRet0
-SwitzerlandGeorges CordeyNortonRet0
-BelgiumFirmin DauweNortonRet0
-BelgiumJulien DeronneNortonRet0
-FranceJacques DrionNortonRet0
-BelgiumRoger ErgéNortonRet0
-UKLennart FenningNortonRet0
-ItalyTito ForconiGileraRet0
-UKFrank FryNortonRet0
-SwitzerlandWerner GerberNortonRet0
-ItalyFrancesco GuglielminettiGileraRet0
-UKEric HardyNortonRet0
-UKPhilip HeathVincentRet0
-UKJohnny HodgkinVincentRet0
-UKChris HornNortonRet0
-UKSid LawtonAJSRet0
-UKGeorge LeighNortonRet0
-ItalyGuido LeoniMoto GuzziRet0
-IrelandHarry LindsayNortonRet0
-UKMonty LockwodAJSRet0
-AustraliaTony McAlpineGileraRet0
-UKReg McDonaldVelocetteRet0
-UKStan MillerNortonRet0
-FranceGeorges MonneretNortonRet0
-UKGeorge MorganVelocetteRet0
-New ZealandKen MudfordAJSRet0
-UKAlan MulleeNortonRet0
-UKBill MundyNortonRet0
-UKArthur PollittNortonRet0
-UKBrian PurslowBSARet0
-BelgiumJacques RaffeldAJSRet0
-UKMichael RocheTriumphRet0
-ItalyElio ScopignoMoto GuzziRet0
-UKOliver ScottNortonRet0
-UKRalf SeymourVelocetteRet0
-UKCyril StevensTriumphRet0
-SwitzerlandHeinrich StammGileraRet0
-UKJack VarlowAJSRet0
-UKErnest WalkerNortonRet0
-UKLeonard WilliamsVelocetteRet0
PosRiderBikeESP
Spain
SUI
Switzerland
MAN
Isle of Man
BEL
Belgium
HOL
Netherlands
FRA
France
ULS
Spain
NAC
Italy
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Not classified (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

Constructors' 500cc World Championship

PosConstructorPts
1UKNorton38 (44)
2ItalyGilera36 (40)
3UKAJS21 (23)
4ItalyMoto Guzzi18
5ItalyMV Agusta7
-       Bitza0
-GermanyBMW0
-UKBSA0
-UKRudge-Whitworth0
-UKTriumph0
-UKVelocette0
-UKVincent0

350cc Standings

PlaceRiderCountryMachinePointsWins
1UKGeoff DukeUnited KingdomNorton405
2UKBill DoranUnited KingdomAJS191
3UKJohn LockettUnited KingdomNorton190
4AustraliaKen KavanaghAustraliaNorton160
5UKJack BrettUnited KingdomNorton150
6UKLeslie GrahamUnited KingdomVelocette141
7IrelandReg ArmstrongIrelandAJS110
8UKBill PetchUnited KingdomAJS100
9UKCecil SandfordUnited KingdomVelocette90
10UKTommy WoodUnited KingdomMoto Guzzi81
11UKBill LomasUnited KingdomVelocette60
12New ZealandRod ColemanNew ZealandAJS50
13UKMick FeatherstoneUnited KingdomAJS40
14SpainFernando ArandaSpainVelocette30
=SwitzerlandPaul FuhrerSwitzerlandVelocette30
16UKSid MasonUnited KingdomVelocette20
=BelgiumJack RaffeldBelgiumVelocette20
=UKSimon E. Sandys-WinschUnited KingdomVelocette20
19GibraltarJohnny GraceGibraltarNorton10
=IrelandBob MatthewsIrelandVelocette10
=UKBob FosterUnited KingdomVelocette10
=AustriaLeonhardt FaßlAustriaAJS10

250cc Standings

PlaceRiderCountryMachinePointsWins
1ItalyBruno RuffoItalyMoto Guzzi222
2UKTommy WoodUnited KingdomMoto Guzzi181
3ItalyDario AmbrosiniItalyBenelli141
4ItalyEnrico LorenzettiItalyMoto Guzzi121
5ItalyGianni LeoniItalyMoto Guzzi100
6UKMaurice CannUnited KingdomMoto Guzzi60
=UKArthur WheelerUnited KingdomVelocette60
8UKFergus AndersonUnited KingdomMoto Guzzi30
=UKWilf HuttUnited KingdomMoto Guzzi30
=ItalyAlano MontanariItalyMoto Guzzi30
=SwitzerlandBenoit MusySwitzerlandMoto Guzzi30
12UKBill LomasUnited KingdomVelocette20
=UKCecil SandfordUnited KingdomVelocette20
=UKDouglas BeasleyUnited KingdomVelocette20
=ItalyBruno FrancisciItalyMoto Guzzi20
16UKFron PurslowUnited KingdomNorton10
=IrelandNorman BlemingsIrelandExcelsior10
=SwitzerlandWerner GerberSwitzerlandMoto Guzzi10
=ItalyNino GriecoItalyParilla10
=ItalyGuido PacioccaItalyMoto Guzzi10

125cc Standings

PlaceRiderCountryMachinePointsWins
1ItalyCarlo UbbialiItalyMondial201
2ItalyGianni LeoniItalyMondial121
3UKCromie McCandlessUnited KingdomMondial110
4ItalyLuigi ZinzaniItalyMorini100
5ItalyGuido LeoniItalyMondial81
6ItalyVittorio ZanziItalyMorini70
7ItalyRomolo FerriItalyMondial60
8UKLeslie GrahamUnited KingdomMV Agusta40
9SpainJuan BultóSpainMontesa40
10ItalyNello PaganiItalyMondial30
=ItalyRaffaele AlbertiItalyMondial30
12ItalyFranco BertoniItalyMV Agusta20
=ItalyOtello SpadoniItalyMondial20
14ItalyEmilio MendogniItalyMorini10
=SpainJosé Antonio ElizaldeSpainMondial10
=SpainJosé Maria LlobetSpainMontesa10
=ItalyGiuseppe MatucciItalyMV Agusta10
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