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1956 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

1956 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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The 1956 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the eighth F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix season. The season consisted of six Grand Prix races in five classes: 500cc, 350cc, 250cc, 125cc and Sidecars 500cc. It began on 8 June, with Isle of Man TT and ended with Nations Grand Prix in Italy on 9 September.

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1956 Grand Prix season calendarEdit

StandingsEdit

Scoring systemEdit

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

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

500cc final standingsEdit

Pos Rider Machine MAN
 
HOL
 
BEL
 
GER
 
ULS
 
NAC
 
Pts
1   John Surtees MV Agusta 1 1 1 24
2   Walter Zeller BMW 4 2 2 Ret Ret 6 16
3   John Hartle Norton 2 1 14
4   Pierre Monneret Gilera 3 3 3 12
5   Reg Armstrong Gilera Ret 1 Ret 4 11
6   Umberto Masetti MV Agusta DNS Ret 4 2 Ret 9
7   Geoff Duke Gilera Ret Ret Ret 1 8
8   Bob Brown Matchless Ret 2 6
9   Libero Liberati Gilera 2 6
10   Eddie Grant Norton 37 3 11 5 6
11   Jack Brett Norton 3 6 5
12   Peter Murphy Matchless Ret 3 4
13   Keith Bryen Norton Ret 4 10 6 4
14   Gerold Klinger BMW 4 9 3
15   Geoffrey Tanner Norton Ret 4 3
16   Alfredo Milani Gilera 5 8 2
17   Bill Lomas Moto Guzzi 5 Ret Ret Ret Ret 2
18   Paul Fahey Matchless Ret 5 Ret Ret 2
19   Carlo Bandirola MV Agusta 5 2
=   Wilf Herron Norton 5 2
21   Ernst Hiller BMW 6 8 10 1
22   Derek Ennett Matchless 6 1
=   Auguste Goffin Norton 6 1
24   Alan Trow Norton 7 9 0
25   Gerald Robarts Norton 15 7 0
26   Barry Hodgkinson Norton 22 Ret 7 Ret 0
27   Alois Huber BMW RS 7 Ret 0
28   Austin Carson Norton 7 0
=   Roberto Colombo MV Agusta 7 0
30   John Storr Norton 8 Ret 12 0
31   Dave Chadwick Norton 23 8 0
32   Piet Bakker Norton 8 0
=   Gavin Dunlop Matchless 8 0
34   Jackie Wood Velocette / Norton 24 Ret 9 Ret 0
35   Bob Matthews Norton 9 Ret 0
36   Priem Rozenberg BMW 9 0
=   George Salt Norton 9 0
38   Dennis Chapman Norton 10 11 0
39   Frederick Cook Matchless 18 10 13 17 0
40   Angus Martin Matchless Ret 10 0
41   Jacques Collot Norton Manx 10 Ret 0
42   Ernst Riedelbauch BMW Ret 11 11 0
43   Ralph Rensen Norton 11 13 0
44   Casper Swart Norton 11 0
45   John Grace Norton Ret Ret 12 0
=   Hans-Günther Jäger Norton Ret Ret 12 0
47   Stephen Murray Norton 12 0
=   Mike O'Rourke Norton 12 0
49   Giuseppe Cantoni MV Agusta 13 0
=   George Costain Norton 13 0
=   Peter Knees BMW 13 0
52   Frank Perris Matchless 14 Ret 0
53   Michael Roche Norton DNS 14 0
=   Hans-Joachim Scheel Norton 14 0
=   Harry Turner Norton 14 0
56   Ulf Gate Norton 15 0
=   Pierre Nicholas Norton 15 0
=   Des Sloan Norton 15 0
59   Frank Fox Norton 16 0
=   Bill Roberton Matchless 16 0
=   Berthold Sieler Norton 16 0
62   Martin Brosnan BSA 17 0
=   Harry Plews Norton 17 0
64   Harry Lowe BSA 41 18 0
=   Karl-Heinz Scheifel Norton 18 0
66   Phil Carter Norton 19 0
=   Stanley Williamson Norton 19 0
68   Denis Christian Matchless 20 0
69   Ken Tostevin Matchless 21 Ret 0
70   Ken Tully Norton 25 0
71   Bob Ferguson Matchless 26 0
72   Louis Carr Matchless 27 0
73   Brian Duffy Norton 28 Ret 0
74   Albert Moule Norton 29 0
75   Dick Thomson Matchless 30 Ret 0
76   Llewelyn Ranson Norton 31 0
77   Vic Preston Norton 32 0
78   Bill Beevers Norton 33 0
79   Ken Willis Norton 34 0
80   James Edwards Norton 35 0
81   George Begg AJS 36 Ret 0
82   Joe Glazebrook Norton 38 0
83   E. Barona Norton 39 0
84   Walter Hancock BSA 40 0
85   Stan Cameron AJS 42 0
86   Ralph Wijesinghe BSA 43 0
87   Roly Capner BSA 44 0
88   John Denton Norton 45 0
-   Keith Campbell Norton / Moto Guzzi Ret Ret Ret 0
-   Günther Borgesdiek Norton Ret Ret 0
-   Robert Coleman Norton Ret Ret 0
-   Francisco González Norton Ret Ret 0
-   Ken Kavanagh Moto Guzzi DNS Ret Ret DNS 0
-   Olle Nygren Matchless Ret Ret 0
-   Leen Reehorst Jawa Ret Ret 0
-   Martinus van Son Matchless Ret Ret 0
-   Sven Andersson Norton Ret 0
-   Jean-Pierre Bayle Norton Ret 0
-   Raymond Bogaerdt Norton Ret 0
-   Buno Böhrer Horex Ret 0
-   Paolo Campanelli Gilera Ret 0
-   George Catlin Norton Ret 0
-   Artemio Cirelli Gilera Ret 0
-   John Clark Matchless Ret 0
-   Robert Cook BSA Ret 0
-   Ronald Cousins Norton Ret 0
-   Dickie Dale Moto Guzzi Ret 0
-   Firmin Dawue Norton Ret 0
-   Gerardo Düring Matchless Ret 0
-   Anton Elbersen Matchless Ret 0
-   Karl-Heinz Ewig Norton Ret 0
-   Ray Fay BSA Ret 0
-   Robin Fitton Norton Ret 0
-   Brian Freestone Norton Ret 0
-   Enrico Galante Norton Ret 0
-   Martino Giani Gilera Ret 0
-   Francesco Guglielminetti Norton Ret 0
-   William Hall Norton Ret 0
-   Gustav Havel Jawa Ret 0
-   Frantisek Helikar Jawa Ret 0
-   Eric Hinton Norton DNS Ret 0
-   Jaap Iesberts Matchless Ret 0
-   Roy Ingram BSA Ret 0
-   Arnold Jones Matchless Ret 0
-   Kees Koster Norton Ret 0
-   George Leigh Norton Ret 0
=   Ivor Lloyd Norton Ret 0
=   Giuseppe Mantelli Gilera Ret 0
-   Robert McCracken Norton Ret 0
-   Bob McIntyre Norton Ret 0
-   Jules Nies Norton Ret 0
-   Frank Norris Norton Ret 0
-   Ernie Oliver Norton Ret 0
-   Sergio Pinza Moto Guzzi Ret 0
-   Maurice Pizzey Norton Ret 0
-   Derek Powell Matchless Ret 0
-   Charlie Salt BSA Ret 0
-   Brian Setchell AJS Ret 0
-   Terry Shepherd Norton Ret 0
-   Lodewijk Simons Norton Ret 0
-   František Šťastný Jawa Ret 0
-   Ken Swallow Matchless Ret 0
-   Gerrit Ten Kate Norton Ret 0
-   Gerry Turner Pike-BSA Ret 0
-   Drikus Veer Jawa Ret 0
-   John Waring Norton Ret 0
-   Arthur Wheeler Moto Guzzi Ret 0
-   Jack Wilks BSA Ret 0
-   Trevor Williams Norton Ret 0
-   Len Aislabie Norton DNS 0
-   Rod Coleman Norton DNS 0
-   Robert King Norton DNS 0
-   Derek Minter BSA DNS 0
-   E. Muñoz Norton DNS 0
-   M. Muñoz Norton DNS 0
-   George Northwood BSA DNS 0
-   Tony Ovens Norton DNS 0
-   H. Wieland Norton DNS 0
-   J. Woods Norton DNS 0
Pos Rider Bike MAN
 
HOL
 
BEL
 
GER
 
ULS
 
NAC
 
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (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 (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

350cc StandingsEdit

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1   Bill Lomas United Kingdom Moto Guzzi 24 3
2   Dickie Dale United Kingdom Moto Guzzi 17 0
=   August Hobl Germany DKW 17 0
4   John Surtees United Kingdom MV Agusta 14 1
5   Cecil Sandford United Kingdom DKW 13 0
6   Ken Kavanagh Australia Moto Guzzi 10 1
7   Libero Liberati Italy Gilera 8 1
8   John Hartle United Kingdom Norton 8 0
9   Derek Ennett United Kingdom AJS 6 0
10   Karl Hofmann Germany DKW 6 0
11   Roberto Colombo Italy MV Agusta 4 0
12   Jack Brett United Kingdom Norton 3 0
13   Hans Bartl Netherlands DKW 3 0
14   Umberto Masetti Italy MV Agusta 2 0
=   Peter Murphy New Zealand AJS 2 0
=   Eddie Grant South Africa Norton 2 0
17   Bob Brown Australia AJS 1 0
=   Bob Matthews United Kingdom Norton 1 0
=   Alan Trow United Kingdom Norton 1 0

250cc StandingsEdit

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1   Carlo Ubbiali Italy MV Agusta 32 5
2   Luigi Taveri Switzerland MV Agusta 26 1
3   Enrico Lorenzetti Italy Moto Guzzi 10 0
4   Roberto Colombo Italy MV Agusta 9 0
=   Horst Kassner Germany NSU 9 0
6   Remo Venturi Italy MV Agusta 8 0
7   Sammy Miller United Kingdom NSU 7 0
8   Hans Baltisberger Germany NSU 7 0
9   Arthur Wheeler United Kingdom Moto Guzzi 5 0
10   Bob Coleman New Zealand NSU 3 0
=   Kees Koster Netherlands NSU 3 0
12   František Bartoš Czechoslovakia ČZ 2 0
=   Bill Maddrick United Kingdom Moto Guzzi 2 0
=   Lo Simons Netherlands NSU 2 0
=   Alano Montanari Italy Moto Guzzi 2 0
=   Bob Brown Australia NSU 2 0
17   Jean-Pierre Bayle France NSU 1 0
=   Maurice Büla Switzerland NSU 1 0
=   Roland Heck Germany NSU 1 0
=   Jiří Koštíř Czechoslovakia ČZ 1 0

125cc StandingsEdit

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1   Carlo Ubbiali Italy MV Agusta 32 5
2   Romolo Ferri Italy Gilera 14 1
3   Luigi Taveri Switzerland MV Agusta 12 0
4   Tarquinio Provini Italy Mondial 10 0
5   Fortunato Libanori Italy MV Agusta 9 0
6   Marcelo Cama Spain Montesa 6 0
7   August Hobl Germany DKW 6 0
8   Karl Hofman Germany DKW 5 0
9   Pierre Monneret France Gilera 4 0
=   Francisco Gonzalez Spain Montesa 4 0
=   Renato Sartori Italy Mondial 4 0
=   Bill Webster United Kingdom MV Agusta 4 0
13   Cecil Sandford United Kingdom Mondial 4 0
14   Enrico Sirera Spain Montesa 3 0
=   Bill Maddrick United Kingdom MV Agusta 3 0
16   Sandro Artusi Italy Ducati 2 0
=   Dave Chadwick United Kingdom LEF 2 0
=   Frank Cope United Kingdom MV Agusta 2 0
=   František Bartoš Czechoslovakia ČZ 1 0
=   Johnny Grace Gibraltar Montesa 1 0
=   Vaclav Parus Czechoslovakia ČZ 1 0

ReferencesEdit

  • Büla, Maurice & Schertenleib, Jean-Claude (2001). Continental Circus 1949-2000. Chronosports S.A. ISBN 2-940125-32-5
  • "The Official MotoGP website". Retrieved 2010-07-06.