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1977 Grand Prix season
1977 Grand Prix season
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The 1977 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 29th F.I.M Road Racing World Championship season.

Season summary

Suzuki saw off a strong challenge from Yamaha to take their second consecutive 500cc crown. Angel Nieto made it three 50cc titles in a row on a Bultaco while Morbidelli would win an impressive double world championship in the 125cc and 250cc divisions. Pier Paolo Bianchi successfully defended his 125cc title while fellow countryman Mario Lega captured the 250cc championship for the tiny Italian concern. The 350cc crown went to Takazumi Katayama on a factory Yamaha, making him the first-ever Japanese world champion. Barry Sheene made it two premier titles in a row, winning from two Americans, Steve Baker and Pat Hennen.

The season was marred by a terrible crash at the Austrian 350cc Grand Prix that claimed the life of Swiss rider, Hans Stadelmann and seriously injuring Johnny Cecotto, Patrick Fernandez, Dieter Braun and Franco Uncini. The accident led to a rider's strike in the 500 class, although organizers pressed on with Jack Findlay winning from a reduced field of competitors. Despite finishing second and winning the Formula 750 title, Baker would be released by Yamaha at the end of the year. Giacomo Agostini would retire after the season, ending his seventeen year career with a record 122 Grand Prix victories and 15 World Championships.

Grands Prix

#RaceLocation50cc125cc250cc350cc500ccReport
1VenezuelaVenezuelan Grand PrixSan CarlosSpainAngel NietoItalyWalter VillaVenezuelaJohnny CecottoUKBarry SheeneReport
2AustriaAustrian Grand PrixSalzburgringItalyEugenio LazzariniAustraliaJack FindlayReport
3GermanyGerman Grand PrixHockenheimGermanyHerbert RittbergerItalyPier Paolo BianchiFranceChristian SarronJapanTakazumi KatayamaUKBarry SheeneReport
4ItalyNations Grand PrixImolaItalyEugenio LazzariniItalyPier Paolo BianchiItalyFranco UnciniSouth AfricaAlan NorthUKBarry SheeneReport
5SpainSpanish Grand PrixJaramaSpainAngel NietoItalyPier Paolo BianchiJapanTakazumi KatayamaFranceMichel RougerieReport
6FranceFrench Grand PrixPaul RicardItalyPier Paolo BianchiSouth AfricaJon EkeroldJapanTakazumi KatayamaUKBarry SheeneReport
7YugoslaviaYugoslavian Grand PrixOpatijaSpainAngel NietoItalyPier Paolo BianchiItalyMario LegaJapanTakazumi KatayamaReport
8NetherlandsDutch TTAssenSpainAngel NietoSpainAngel NietoUKMick GrantSouth AfricaKork BallingtonNetherlandsWil HartogReport
9BelgiumBelgian Grand PrixSpaItalyEugenio LazzariniItalyPier Paolo BianchiItalyWalter VillaReport
10SwedenSwedish Grand PrixAnderstorpSpainRicardo TormoSpainAngel NietoUKMick GrantJapanTakazumi KatayamaUKBarry SheeneReport
11FinlandFinnish Grand PrixImatraItalyPier Paolo BianchiItalyWalter VillaJapanTakazumi KatayamaVenezuelaJohnny CecottoReport
12Czech RepublicCzechoslovakian Grand PrixBrnoItalyFranco UnciniVenezuelaJohnny CecottoVenezuelaJohnny CecottoReport
13UKBritish Grand PrixSilverstoneItalyPierluigi ConfortiSouth AfricaKork BallingtonSouth AfricaKork BallingtonUSPat HennenReport

Final standings

500cc standings

PlaceRiderNumberCountryMachinePointsWins
1UKBarry Sheene1United KingdomSuzuki1076
2USSteve Baker32United StatesYamaha800
3USPat Hennen40United StatesSuzuki671
4VenezuelaJohnny CecottoVenezuelaYamaha502
5UKSteve ParrishUnited KingdomSuzuki390
6ItalyGiacomo Agostini7ItalyYamaha370
7ItalyFranco BoneraItalySuzuki370
8SwitzerlandPhilippe Coulon6SwitzerlandSuzuki360
9FinlandTeuvo Lansivuori2FinlandSuzuki350
10NetherlandsWil HartogNetherlandsSuzuki301

350cc standings

PlaceRiderNumberCountryMachinePointsWins
1JapanTakazumi Katayama7JapanYamaha955
2UKTom Herron4United KingdomYamaha560
3South AfricaJon EkeroldSouth AfricaYamaha540
4FranceMichel RougerieFranceYamaha501
5South AfricaKork BallingtonSouth AfricaYamaha462
6FranceOlivier Chevallier9FranceYamaha390
7FranceChristian SarronFranceYamaha380
8FrancePatrick FernandezFranceYamaha340
9VenezuelaJohnny Cecotto2VenezuelaYamaha302
10South AfricaAlan NorthSouth AfricaYamaha301

250cc standings

PlaceRiderNumberCountryMachinePointsWins
1ItalyMario LegaItalyMorbidelli851
2ItalyFranco UnciniItalyHarley-Davidson722
3ItalyWalter Villa1ItalyHarley-Davidson673
4JapanTakazumi KatayamaJapanYamaha581
5UKTom Herron4United KingdomYamaha540
6South AfricaKork BallingtonSouth AfricaYamaha491
7South AfricaAlan North6South AfricaYamaha430
8UKMick GrantUnited KingdomKawasaki422
9South AfricaJon EkeroldSouth AfricaYamaha421
10FrancePatrick FernandezFranceYamaha280

125cc standings

PlaceRiderNumberCountryMachinePointsWins
1ItalyPier Paolo Bianchi1ItalyMorbidelli1317
2ItalyEugenio Lazzarini7ItalyMorbidelli1051
3SpainAngel Nieto2SpainBultaco803
4FranceJean-Louis Guignabodet6FranceMorbidelli620
5GermanyAnton Mang5West GermanyMorbidelli550
6GermanyGert BenderWest GermanyBender380
7AustriaHarald BartolAustriaMorbidelli320
8SwitzerlandHans MüllerSwitzerlandMorbidelli320
9SwitzerlandStefan DörflingerSwitzerlandMorbidelli320
10ItalyPierluigi ConfortiItalyMorbidelli301

50cc standings

PlaceRiderNumberCountryMachinePointsWins
1SpainAngel Nieto1SpainBultaco873
2ItalyEugenio Lazzarini4ItalyKreidler722
3SpainRicardo TormoSpainBultaco691
4GermanyHerbert Rittberger2West GermanyKreidler531
5FrancePatrick PlissonFranceABF260
6SwitzerlandStefan Dörflinger7SwitzerlandKreidler260
7FranceJean-Louis GuignabodetFranceMorbidelli140
8AustriaHans Hummel9AustriaKreidler110
9BelgiumJulien van Zeebroeck6BelgiumKreidler100
10SpainRamon GaliSpainDerbi100
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