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1952 Grand Prix season
1952 Grand Prix season
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The 1952 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 4th 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 May 18, with Swiss Grand Prix and ended with Spanish Grand Prix on October 5.

1952 Grand Prix season calendar

# Date Grand Prix Circuit 125cc winner 250cc winner 350cc winner 500cc winner Sidecars 500cc winner Report
1 May 18 SwitzerlandSwiss Grand Prix Circuit Bremgarten ScotlandFergus Anderson United KingdomGeoff Duke United KingdomJack Brett ItalyMilani / Pizzocri Report
2 Jun 13 United KingdomIsle of Man TT Snaefell mountain course United KingdomCecil Sandford ScotlandFergus Anderson United KingdomGeoff Duke Republic of IrelandReg Armstrong Report
3 Jun 28 NetherlandsDutch TT TT Circuit Assen United KingdomCecil Sandford ItalyEnrico Lorenzetti United KingdomGeoff Duke Italy Umberto Masetti Report
4 Jul 6 BelgiumBelgian Grand Prix Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps United KingdomGeoff Duke Italy Umberto Masetti United KingdomOliver / Price Report
5 Jul 20 GermanyGerman Grand Prix Solitude GermanyWerner Haas GermanyRudi Felgenheier Republic of IrelandReg Armstrong Republic of Ireland Reg Armstrong United KingdomSmith / Clements Report
6 Aug 16 UlsterUlster Grand Prix Clady Circuit United KingdomCecil Sandford United KingdomMaurice Cann AustraliaKen Kavanagh United KingdomCromie McCandless Report
7 Sep 14 ItalyNations Grand Prix Autodromo Nazionale Monza ItalyEmilio Mendogni ItalyEnrico Lorenzetti Southern RhodesiaRay Amm United KingdomLeslie Graham ItalyMerlo / Magri Report
8 Oct 5 SpainSpanish Grand Prix Montjuïc circuit ItalyEmilio Mendogni United KingdomLeslie Graham United KingdomItalyOliver / Dobelli Report

Standings

Scoring system

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

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th 
Points 8 6 4 3 2 1

500cc final standings

Pos Rider Bike SUI
Switzerland
MAN
Isle of Man
HOL
Netherlands
BEL
Belgium
GER
Germany
ULS
Northern Ireland
NAC
Italy
ESP
Spain
Pts
1 ItalyUmberto Masetti Gilera Ret 1 1 Ret Ret 2 2 28
2 United KingdomLeslie Graham MV Agusta Ret 2 7 Ret 4 Ret 1 1 25
3 Republic of IrelandReg Armstrong Norton Ret 1 4 Ret 1 Ret 6 5 22
4 New ZealandRod Coleman AJS 5 4 5 5 Ret 2 Ret 15
5 United KingdomJack Brett AJS / Norton 1 Ret 9 4 Ret 4 7 14
6 AustraliaKen Kavanagh Norton 32 3 2 Ret 3 14
7 United KingdomGeoff Duke Norton Ret Ret 2 2 12
8 ItalyNello Pagani Gilera 4 6 6 3 4 12
9 Northern IrelandCromie McCandless Norton / Gilera 6 1 9
10 Southern RhodesiaRay Amm Norton 6 3 Ret 3 Ret 9 9
11 ItalyCarlos Bandirola MV Agusta 3 Ret Ret Ret 4 Ret 7
12 United KingdomBill Doran AJS 2 6
13 ScotlandBill Lomas AJS / MV Agusta 5 Ret Ret 3 Ret Ret 6
14 United KingdomSid Lawton Norton / AJS 8 12 Ret 3 Ret 6 5
15 BelgiumAuguste Goffin Norton 7 5 Ret Ret 2
16 Northern IrelandPeter Carter Norton 10 5 2
17 ItalyGiuseppe Colnago Gilera 17 5 Ret 2
18 GermanyHans Baltisberger BMW 6 Ret 1
19 United KingdomJohn Surtees Norton 6 1
20 ItalyLibero Liberati Gilera 7 8 8 16 0
21 GermanySiegfried Wünsche BMW / DKW 11 7 0
22 AustraliaTony McAlpine Norton 13 Ret 7 Ret 0
23 United KingdomRoy Evans Norton 14 7 0
24 United KingdomGeorge Brown Norton 7 Ret 0
25 United KingdomRobin Sherry Norton / AJS Ret 8 Ret 9 0
26 New ZealandKen Mudford Norton 8 10 0
27 East GermanyKarl Rührschneck Norton 8 Ret 0
28 SpainFernando Aranda Gilera 8 0
= Northern IrelandWilliam Campbell Norton 8 0
30 NetherlandsLous van Riswijk Matchless / Norton 11 9 0
31 GermanySiegfried Fuss Norton 9 0
= Northern IrelandJohn Guirke Norton 9 0
= United KingdomAlain Lawton Norton 9 0
= SwitzerlandWilly Lips Norton 9 0
= United KingdomAlbert Moule Norton 9 0
36 GermanyRudi Knees Norton 10 11 0
37 GibraltarJohn Grace Norton 16 10 0
38 United KingdomJack Bailey Norton Ret 10 0
= GermanyFriedel Schön Horex 10 Ret 0
40 BelgiumFrancis Basso Norton 10 0
= ItalyMartino Giani MV Agusta 10 0
42 United KingdomHumphrey Ranson Norton 17 Ret 11 0
43 ItalyEnrico Galante Norton 11 0
= Northern IrelandMalcolm Templeton AJS 11 0
= United KingdomVic Willoughby Norton 11 0
= SwitzerlandHans Wirz Triumph 11 0
47 United KingdomBill Beevers Norton 12 Ret 0
48 ItalyFrancesco Guglielminetti MV Agusta 12 0
= United KingdomHerbert Ranson Norton 12 0
= United KingdomGeoff Read Norton 12 0
= BelgiumEdouard Texidor Norton 12 0
= Northern IrelandHarry Turner Norton 12 0
53 SpainJavier de Ortueta Norton 13 Ret 0
54 NetherlandsPiet Bakker BMW 13 0
= SwitzerlandMassimo Forster Gilera 13 0
= GermanyEwald Kluge DKW 13 0
= United KingdomDouglas Sides Velocette 13 0
58 SwitzerlandCarletto Bellotti Moto Guzzi 14 0
= Republic of IrelandHarry Lindsay Triumph 14 0
= United KingdomReg MacDonald AJS 14 0
= NetherlandsDrikus Veer Triumph 14 0
62 Sri LankaRally Dean Norton Ret Ret 15 0
63 AustriaSiegfried Vogel Norton 15 0
= United KingdomDon Williams Norton 15 0
65 United KingdomRobert Ferguson AJS 16 0
66 United KingdomJohn Dickson Velocette 18 0
= United KingdomCharlie Salt BSA 18 0
68 United KingdomRobin Fitton Norton 19 0
= United KingdomCyril Stevens Norton 19 0
70 United KingdomFonsie McGovern Norton 20 0
= United KingdomFrank Norris Norton 20 0
72 United KingdomArthur Wheeler Norton 21 Ret Ret 0
73 United KingdomJ. O. Kerrigan Triumph 21 0
74 United KingdomKen Swallow Norton 22 0
75 United KingdomSyl Anderton Norton 23 0
76 United KingdomLes Dear Norton 24 0
77 DenmarkSven Sørensen Norton 25 0
78 United KingdomHoward Grindley Norton 26 0
79 United KingdomJack Varlow Norton 27 0
80 United KingdomHarry Stephen Norton 28 0
81 United KingdomLeo Starr AJS 29 0
82 United KingdomDennis Lashmar Norton 30 0
83 Sri LankaDavid Stevenson AJS 31 0
84 United KingdomLeslie Harris Norton Ret 33 0
85 United KingdomLeslie Barrett Norton 34 0
86 United KingdomJohn Fisher AJS 35 0
87 United KingdomJoe Glazebrook Norton 36 0
88 United KingdomJack Harding Norton 37 0
89 United KingdomEric Hardy AJS 38 0
90 CanadaIvor Wagar Triumph 39 0
91 United KingdomBob McDonald AJS 40 0
92 Northern IrelandCharlie Gray AJS 41 0
- United KingdomPhil Heath Vincent / Norton Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
- Northern IrelandBob Matthews Norton / Matchless Ret Ret Ret 0
- ItalyAlfredo Milani Gilera Ret Ret Ret 0
- AustraliaErnie Ring Matchless Ret Ret Ret 0
- BelgiumCharles Bruguiere Norton Ret Ret 0
- FranceGeorges Burgaff Norton Ret Ret 0
- SwitzerlandWerner Gerber Horex Ret Ret 0
- New ZealandDean Hollier Norton Ret Ret 0
- United KingdomSidney Mason Norton Ret Ret 0
- United KingdomBill Petch Norton Ret DNS 0
- ItalyEmilio Soprani Gilera Ret DNS 0
- SwitzerlandJost Albisser Rudge Ret 0
- United KingdomSyd Barnett Norton Ret 0
- East GermanyEdgar Barth Norton Ret 0
- ItalyFelice Benasedo Moto Guzzi Ret 0
- United KingdomDavid Bennett Norton Ret 0
- United KingdomWilf Billington Norton Ret 0
- United KingdomGeorge Brockerton Bitza Ret 0
- Northern IrelandLouis Carter Norton Ret 0
- FranceJacques Collot Norton Ret 0
- BelgiumFirmin Dauwe Norton Ret 0
- ItalyLodovico Facchinelli Gilera Ret 0
- United KingdomArchie Fenn Norton Ret 0
- Sri LankaPeter Fernando Norton Ret 0
- NetherlandsCees Fokke-Bosch Norton Ret 0
- ItalyTito Forconi MV Agusta Ret 0
- United KingdomSid Franklen AJS Ret 0
- CanadaRoy Godwin Norton Ret 0
- GermanyErnst Gross BMW Ret 0
- United KingdomBill Hall Norton Ret 0
- GermanyErnst Hoske Horex Ret 0
- United KingdomRobert King Norton Ret 0
- United KingdomJohn Maloney Vincent Ret 0
- AustriaAlex Mayer Norton Ret 0
- United KingdomTommy McEwan Norton Ret 0
- GermanyGerhard Mette BMW Ret 0
- United KingdomStan Miller Norton Ret 0
- United KingdomEric Oliver Norton Ret 0
- United KingdomAshley Parry Norton Ret 0
- United KingdomRoland Pike BSA Ret 0
- United KingdomArthur Pollitt Norton Ret 0
- United KingdomMark Prudence Norton Ret 0
- United KingdomBob Rowbottom AJS Ret 0
- United KingdomCecil Sandford BSA Ret 0
- United KingdomSimon E. Sandys-Winsch Velocette Ret 0
- NetherlandsLodewijk Simons Norton Ret 0
- NetherlandsHenk Steman Norton Ret 0
- Northern RhodesiaNorman Stewart Norton Ret 0
- United KingdomLes Tedder AJS Ret 0
- United KingdomRoy Walker BSA Ret 0
- United KingdomDick Ward Velocette Ret 0
- United KingdomLeonard Williams Velocette Ret 0
- United KingdomTommy Wood Norton Ret 0
- GermanyGerhard Pohlers BMW DNS 0
Pos Rider Bike SUI
Switzerland
MAN
Isle of Man
HOL
Netherlands
BEL
Belgium
GER
Germany
ULS
Northern Ireland
NAC
Italy
ESP
Spain
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

350cc Standings

Place Rider Country Machine Points Wins
1 United Kingdom Geoff Duke United Kingdom Norton 32 4
2 Republic of Ireland Reg Armstrong Ireland Norton 24 1
3 Southern Rhodesia Ray Amm Southern Rhodesia Norton 21 1
4 New Zealand Rod Coleman New Zealand AJS 20 0
5 Australia Ken Kavanagh Australia Norton 16 1
6 United Kingdom Jack Brett United Kingdom AJS 12 0
7 United Kingdom Bill Lomas United Kingdom AJS 9 0
8 United Kingdom Sid Lawton United Kingdom AJS 7 0
9 United Kingdom Robin Sherry United Kingdom AJS 4 0
10 Austria Ernie Ring Austria AJS 3 0
11 West Germany Ewald Kluge United Kingdom DKW 2 0
= Belgium Auguste Goffin Belgium Norton 2 0
13 United Kingdom Leslie Graham United Kingdom Velocette 1 0
= Republic of Ireland Mike O'Rourke Ireland AJS 1 0
= United Kingdom George Brown United Kingdom AJS 1 0
= West Germany Roland Schnell Germany Horex 1 0

250cc Standings

Place Rider Country Machine Points Wins
1 ItalyEnrico Lorenzetti Italy Moto Guzzi 28 2
2 United KingdomFergus Anderson United Kingdom Moto Guzzi 24 2
3 United KingdomLeslie Graham United Kingdom Velocette 11 0
4 United KingdomMaurice Cann United Kingdom Moto Guzzi 10 1
5 West GermanyRudi Felgenheier Germany DKW 8 1
6 ItalyBruno Ruffo Italy Moto Guzzi 7 0
7 West GermanyWerner Haas Germany NSU 6 0
= West GermanyHeinrich Thorn-Prikker Germany Moto Guzzi 6 0
= ItalyAlano Montanari Italy Moto Guzzi 6 0
10 West GermanyHerman Gablenz Germany Horex 4 0
= United KingdomSid Lawton United Kingdom Moto Guzzi 4 0
= United KingdomArthur Wheeler United Kingdom Moto Guzzi 4 0
13 West GermanyEwald Kluge Germany DKW 3 0
= United KingdomRonald Mead United Kingdom Velocette 3 0
= West GermanyGotthilf Gehring Germany Moto Guzzi 3 0
16 ItalyRoberto Colombo Italy NSU 2 0
= United KingdomBill Webster United Kingdom Velocette 2 0
= ItalyNino Grieco Italy Parilla 2 0
= United KingdomBenny Rood United Kingdom Velocette 2 0
20 ItalyBruno Francisci Italy Moto Guzzi 1 0
= United KingdomRay Petty United Kingdom Norton 1 0
= NetherlandsSieb Postma Netherlands Moto Guzzi 1 0

125cc Standings

Place Rider Country Machine Points Wins
1 United KingdomCecil Sandford United Kingdom MV Agusta 28 3
2 ItalyCarlo Ubbiali Italy Mondial 24 0
3 ItalyEmilio Mendogni Italy Morini 16 2
4 United KingdomLeslie Graham United Kingdom MV Agusta 10 0
5 ItalyLuigi Zinzani Italy Morini 9 0
6 West GermanyWerner Haas Germany NSU 8 1
7 ItalyAngelo Copeta Italy MV Agusta 7 0
8 United KingdomBill Lomas United Kingdom MV Agusta 6 0
9 ItalyGuido Sala Italy MV Agusta 5 0
10 United KingdomLen Parry United Kingdom Mondial 4 0
= United KingdomCharlie Salt United Kingdom MV Agusta 4 0
12 ItalyRomolo Ferri Italy Morini 3 0
= United KingdomCromie McCandless United Kingdom Mondial 3 0
= West GermanyHubert Luttenberger Germany NSU 3 0
15 West GermanyHermann Paul Müller Germany Mondial 2 0
16 United KingdomFrank Burman United Kingdom EMC-Puch 1 0
= NetherlandsLo Simons Netherlands Mondial 1 0