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1953 Grand Prix season
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The 1953 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 5th F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix season. The season consisted of nine Grand Prix races in five classes: 500cc, 350cc, 250cc, 125cc and Sidecars 500cc. It began on June 12, with Isle of Man TT and ended with Spanish Grand Prix on October 4.

1953 Grand Prix season calendar

#DateGrand PrixCircuit125cc250cc350cc500ccSidecars 500ccnerReport
1Jun 12Isle of ManIsle of Man TTSnaefell mountain courseUKLeslie GrahamScotlandFergus AndersonRhodesiaRay AmmRhodesiaRay AmmReport
2Jun 27NetherlandsDutch TTTT Circuit AssenGermanyWerner HaasGermanyWerner HaasItalyEnrico LorenzettiUKGeoff DukeReport
3Jul 5BelgiumBelgian Grand PrixCircuit de Spa-FrancorchampsScotlandFergus AndersonItalyAlfredo MilaniUKOliver/DibbenReport
4Jul 19GermanyGerman Grand PrixSchottenringItalyCarlo UbbialiGermanyWerner HaasItalyCarlos BandirolaGermanyWalter ZellerReport
5Aug 2FranceFrench Grand PrixRouen-Les-EssartsScotlandFergus AndersonUKGeoff DukeUKOliver/DibbenReport
6Aug 15Northern IrelandUlster Grand PrixDundrod CircuitGermanyWerner HaasIrelandReg ArmstrongNew ZealandKen MudfordAustraliaKen KavanaghUKSmith/NuttReport
7Aug 23SwitzerlandSwiss Grand PrixCircuit BremgartenIrelandReg ArmstrongScotlandFergus AndersonUKGeoff DukeUKOliver/DibbenReport
8Sep 6ItalyNations Grand PrixMonzaGermanyWerner HaasItalyEnrico LorenzettiItalyEnrico LorenzettiUKGeoff DukeUKOliver/DibbenReport
9Oct 4SpainSpanish Grand PrixMontjuïc circuitItalyAngelo CopetaItalyEnrico LorenzettiScotlandFergus AndersonReport

† The German Grand Prix was boycotted by all top riders due to insufficient safety measures and counted as an ordinary international event.

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 were counted.

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

500cc final standings

PosRiderBikeMAN
Isle of Man
HOL
Netherlands
BEL
Belgium
FRA
France
ULS
Northern Ireland
SUI
Switzerland
NAC
Italy
ESP
Spain
Pts
1UKGeoff DukeGileraRet1Ret1211DNS38
2IrelandReg ArmstrongGilera3232434Ret24 (30)
3ItalyAlfredo MilaniGileraRetRet13Ret218
4AustraliaKen KavanaghNorton/Moto GuzziRet3441RetRet18
5RhodesiaRay AmmNorton1Ret2DNS14
6UKJack BrettNorton25863Ret13
7UKDickie DaleGileraRetRet6872311
8ItalyGiuseppe ColnagoGilera4Ret54411
9ScotlandFergus AndersonMoto GuzziRet7Ret18
10New ZealandRod ColemanAJS/Norton4Ret5775Ret7
11ItalyCarlos BandirolaMV AgustaRetRet26
12ItalyLibero LiberatiGilera3Ret4
13UKBill DoranAJS56113
14UKDerek FarrantMatchless/AJSRet563
15ItalyNello PaganiGilera9752
16UKCecil SandfordMV Agusta5Ret2
17New ZealandKen MudfordNortonRetRet146Ret1
18UKTommy WoodNortonRetRet61
19GermanyHermann Paul MüllerHorex/MV AgustaRet61
20UKPeter DaveyNorton61
21GermanyWalter ZellerBMWRet78Ret0
22SpainJavier de OrtuetaNorton70
=UKTed FrendNorton70
24UKRobin SherryAJS8RetRet0
25NetherlandsPiet BakkerNorton80
=Northern IrelandLouis CarterNorton80
=SpainAntonio CreusNorton80
=ItalyBruno FrancisiMV Agusta8DNS0
29BelgiumAuguste GoffinNorton10Ret90
=UKHarry PearceMatchless9Ret100
31FrancePierre MonneretAJS/Gilera129Ret0
32UKCharlie SaltBSA1690
33FrancePierre CherrierNorton90
=BelgiumLéon MartinGilera90
35UKJohn StorrNortonRetRet100
36GermanyHans BaltisbergerBMW10Ret0
=GibraltarJohn GraceNorton10Ret0
38UKRobin FittonNorton100
=SpainAlfredo FloresNorton100
=UKGeoff ReadNorton100
41AustraliaKeith BryenNortonRet11180
42AustraliaLaurie BoulterNorton110
=UKLeslie DearNorton110
=ItalyEnrico GalanteNorton110
=UKSidney MasonNorton110
=NetherlandsHeer MeyerBMW110
=GermanyHeinz Thorn-PrikkerMoto Guzzi110
48New ZealandLeo SimpsonMatchless/AJSRetRet12RetRet0
49SwitzerlandJost AlbisserNortonRet12Ret0
50ItalyFelice BenasedoMoto Guzzi120
=UKKen HarwoodAJS120
=UKFrank NorrisNorton120
=NetherlandsPriem RozenbergMatchless120
=GermanySiegfried WünscheDKW120
55UKArthur WheelerMatchlessRetRet13150
56UKJack BaileyNorton20130
57UKJoe GlazebrookNorton22130
58NetherlandsLodweijk SimonsMatchless13Ret0
59SwitzerlandB. BottaNorton130
=ItalyLodovico FacchinelliGilera130
=UKEric HouseleyNorton130
62New ZealandRay LaurentNorton159140
63Northern IrelandMalcolm TempletonMatchless14Ret0
=UKLeonard WilliamsNortonRet140
65SwitzerlandFlorian CamathiasBMW14DNS0
66AustraliaKeith CampbellNorton15DNS0
=UKArthur FeenNorton150
=ItalyAntonio RoncheiGilera150
69Northern IrelandCharlie GrayAJS27160
70BelgiumRoger LaurentNorton160
=SwitzerlandHenri VidonneNorton160
71UKSparky CampbellNortonRetRet170
72BelgiumCharles BruguiereNortonRet170
73UKEric PantlinNorton170
=GermanyKarl RührschneckNorton170
75USNick NicholsonNorton180
=UKErnie OliverNorton180
77UKBill BeeversNorton190
=UKReg MacDonaldAJS190
=BelgiumAndrè WuytsNorton190
80UKJimmy HayesAJS200
81UKKen SwallowAJS/NortonRet210
82UKLes DearNorton210
83Sri LankaRally DeanNortonRetRet220
84AustraliaGeorge ScottAJS23Ret0
85UKRobert BrowneAJS230
86Sri LankaZachary DeanNorton35Ret240
87Northern IrelandPeter CarterMatchless240
88South AfricaRay TraversNorton250
=UKStanley WilliamsonNorton250
90UKFred PuseyNorton260
=UKRoy WalkerNorton260
92UKJackie Joseph WoodNorton270
93UKEric HardyAJS280
94UKKel PrinceAJS290
95UKSid FranklenAJS300
96UKLuis GilbertAJS310
97UKLlewelyn RansonAJS320
98UKJohn FisherAJS330
99UKBob McDonaldAJS340
100UKJack HardingNorton360
-AustraliaTony McAlpineNortonRetRetRetRet0
-UKHarold ClarkMatchless/NortonRetRetRet0
-ItalyEnrico LorenzettiMoto GuzziRetRetRet0
-New ZealandPeter MurphyMatchlessRetRetRet0
-AustraliaErnie RingMatchless/AJSRetRetRet0
-GermanyFriedel SchönHorexRetRetRet0
-New ZealandBarry StormontNortonRetRetRet0
-GermanyFritz KlägerHorexRetRet0
-FranceGeorges MonneretGilera/MatchlessRetRet0
-UKHumphrey RansonNortonRetRet0
-SwitzerlandBardeNortonRet0
-UKSyd BarnettNortonRet0
-UKErnie BarrettPhoenix-JAPRet0
-BelgiumFrancis BassoNortonRet0
-SwitzerlandCarletto BellottiNortonRet0
-UKGeorge BrownNortonRet0
-FranceGeorges BurgaffNortonRet0
-UKJohn ClarkAJSRet0
-UKJohn CooperMatchlessRet0
-UKArchie FennNortonRet0
-ItalyGiulio GalbiatiMoto GuzziRet0
-ItalyMartino GianiMV AgustaDNSRet0
-UKLeslie GrahamMV AgustaRet0
-ItalyFrancesco GuglielminettiNortonRet0
-UKWilliam HallNortonRet0
-UKPhil HeathMatchlessRet0
-CanadaRobert HerbertTriumphRet0
-GermanyAugust HoblDKWRet0
-GermanyKarl HoffmanDKWRet0
-SwedenKuno JohanssonTriumphRet0
-UKCyril JulianNortonRet0
-GermanyRudolf KneesNortonRet0
-UKDick KnoxNortonRet0
-UKGordon LaingNortonRet0
-UKGeorge LeighNortonRet0
-ItalyUmberto MasettiGileraRet0
-Northern IrelandBob MatthewsNortonRet0
-AustriaAlexander MayerNortonRetDNS0
-UKTommy McEwanMatchlessRet0
-ScotlandBob McIntyreMatchlessRet0
-UKJohn McKayTriumphRet0
-UKGeorge MorganNortonRet0
-Northern IrelandMike O'RourkeMatchlessRet0
-UKFred PassmoreNortonRet0
-BelgiumJacques RaffeldNortonRet0
-UKBob RowbottomAJSRet0
-UKRon RudgeNortonRet0
-UKSimon E. Sandys-WinschNortonRet0
-GermanyRoland SchnellHorexRet0
-ItalyEmilio SopraniGileraRet0
-DenmarkSven SørensenNortonRet0
-UKLeo StarrNortonRet0
-NetherlandsHenk StemanMatchlessRet0
-BelgiumEdouard TexidorNortonRet0
-Northern IrelandHarry TurnerNortonRet0
-AustraliaGeoff WalkerNortonRet0
-AustraliaSid WillisNortonRet0
-UKVic WilloughbyNortonRet0
-ItalyTito ForconiMV AgustaDNS0
-SpainJuan LealNortonDNS0
-UKAlbert MouleNortonDNS0
-UKLeonard ParryDKWDNS0
-UKBill PetchNortonDNS0
PosRiderBikeMAN
Isle of Man
HOL
Netherlands
BEL
Belgium
FRA
France
ULS
Northern Ireland
SUI
Switzerland
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

PlaceRiderCountryMachinePointsWins
1UKFergus AndersonUnited KingdomMoto Guzzi343
2ItalyEnrico LorenzettiItalyMoto Guzzi262
3RhodesiaRay AmmSouthern RhodesiaNorton181
4AustraliaKen KavanaghAustraliaNorton180
5UKJack BrettUnited KingdomNorton120
6New ZealandRod ColemanNew ZealandAJS90
7New ZealandKen MudfordNew ZealandNorton81
8ScotlandBob McIntyreUnited KingdomAJS60
=FrancePierre MonneretFranceAJS60
10ItalyDuilio AgostiniItalyMoto Guzzi40
11GermanyAugust HoblGermanyDKW30
=SwitzerlandJosef AlbisserSwitzerlandNorton30
=UKHarry PearceUnited KingdomVelocette30
14UKBill DoranUnited KingdomAJS30
=UKDerek FarrantUnited KingdomAJS30
16UKTommy WoodUnited KingdomNorton20
=AustriaErnie RingAustriaAJS20
=New ZealandLeo SimpsonNew ZealandAJS20
=UKMalcolm TempletonUnited KingdomAJS20
20GermanyKarl HoffmanGermanyDKW10
=New ZealandRay LaurentNew ZealandNorton10
=UKKen HarwoodUnited KingdomAJS10
=AustraliaTony McAlpineAustraliaNorton10

250cc Standings

PlaceRiderCountryMachinePointsWins
1GermanyWerner HaasGermanyNSU282
2UKReg ArmstrongUnited KingdomNSU232
3ItalyEnrico LorenzettiItalyMoto Guzzi222
4UKFergus AndersonUnited KingdomMoto Guzzi221
5ItalyAlano MontanariItalyMoto Guzzi190
6AustraliaKen KavanaghAustraliaMoto Guzzi60
7GermanySiegfried WünscheGermanyDKW60
8GermanyAugust HoblGermanyDKW60
9GermanyOtto DaikerGermanyNSU60
10UKArthur WheelerUnited KingdomMoto Guzzi40
11GermanyWalter ReichertGermanyNSU30
12UKTommy WoodUnited KingdomMoto Guzzi30
13GermanyWolfgang BrandtGermanyNSU20
=AustraliaSid WillisAustraliaVelocette20
15ItalyUmberto MasettiItalyNSU10
=AustriaRupert HollausAustriaMoto Guzzi10

125cc Standings

PlaceRiderCountryMachinePointsWins
1GermanyWerner HaasGermanyNSU303
2UKCecil SandfordUnited KingdomMV Agusta200
3ItalyCarlo UbbialiItalyMV Agusta181
4ItalyAngelo CopetaItalyMV Agusta171
5UKLeslie GrahamUnited KingdomMV Agusta81
6GermanyOtto DaikerGermanyNSU70
7ItalyEmilio MendogniItalyMorini60
8GermanyWolfgang BrandtGermanyNSU50
9UKReg ArmstrongUnited KingdomNSU40
=AustriaRupert HollausAustriaNSU40
11ItalyLuigi ZinzaniItalyMorini30
12SpainMarcelo CamaSpainMontesa20
=ItalyTito ForconiItalyMV Agusta20
=UKArnold JonesUnited KingdomMV Agusta20
=GermanyWalter ReichertGermanyNSU20
=NetherlandsDrikus VeerNetherlandsMorini20
17GermanyGeorg BraunGermanyMondial10
=ItalyPaolo CampanelliItalyMV Agusta10
=GermanyKarl LottesGermanyMV Agusta10
=UKFron PurslowUnited KingdomMV Agusta10
=NetherlandsLo SimonsNetherlandsMondial10
=UKBill WebsterUnited KingdomMV Agusta10
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