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1959 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

1959 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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The 1959 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 11th F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix season. The season consisted of seven Grand Prix races in five classes: 500cc, 350cc, 250cc, 125cc and Sidecars 500cc. It began on 17 May, with French Grand Prix and ended with Nations Grand Prix in Italy on 6 September.

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1959 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 FRA
 
MAN
 
GER
 
HOL
 
BEL
 
ULS
 
NAC
 
Pts
1   John Surtees MV Agusta 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 32 (56)
2   Remo Venturi MV Agusta 2 2 3 5 2 22 (24)
3   Bob Brown Norton 9 3 3 2 4 5 4 17 (22)
4   Geoff Duke Norton 9 3 3 3 12
5   Gary Hocking Norton 3 Ret Ret 2 Ret Ret 10
6   Bob McIntyre Norton 5 2 8
7   Alistair King Norton 2 6 7
8   Dickie Dale BMW 4 Ret Ret 4 8 7 Ret 6
9   Terry Shepherd Norton 5 Ret 4 5
10   John Hempleman Norton 17 5 Ret Ret 8 5 4
11   Derek Powell Matchless 4 14 3
12   Ken Kavanagh Norton DNS 4 Ret Ret 3
13   Paddy Driver Norton 6 6 Ret Ret Ret 6 3
14   Jim Redman Norton Ret Ret 5 9 Ret Ret 2
15   Bob Anderson Norton 8 Ret Ret 6 1
16   Ron Miles Norton 12 12 6 11 1
17   Alois Huber BMW 6 1
18   Tom Phillis Norton 7 16 Ret Ret 7 Ret 0
19   Hans-Günter Jäger BMW 11 10 7 16 8 0
20   Ernst Hiller BMW 8 Ret 7 0
21   Geoff Tanner Norton Ret 7 9 11 0
22   Alan Shepherd Matchless 7 9 0
23   George Catlin Matchless 8 0
=   Anton Elbersen BMW 8 0
25   Ralph Rensen Norton 10 9 10 0
26   Karl Untersteggaber Norton 9 0
27   Derek Minter Norton Ret Ret 10 0
=   Peter Pawson Norton 10 Ret Ret 0
29   Paolo Campanelli Norton 10 0
30   Jacques Insermini Norton Ret 11 0
=   Brian Setchell Norton 11 0
=   Evert Carlsson BMW 11 0
33   Raymond Bogaerdt Norton Ret 12 0
34   Jacques Collot Norton 12 0
=   Vasco Loro Norton 12 0
=   Stephen Murray Matchless 12 0
37   Mike Hailwood MV Agusta / Norton Ret 13 Ret 0
=   Alfredo Milani Gilera Ret Ret 13 0
39   Guy Ligier Norton 13 0
=   Rudolf Gläser Norton 13 0
=   Robin Fitton Norton Ret 13 0
=   Bill Smith Matchless 13 0
43   Yvon Callede Norton 14 0
=   Ewan Haldane Norton 14 0
=   Charly Maubert Norton 14 0
=   Jules Nies Matchless 14 0
47   Don Chapman Norton Ret 15 0
48   Maurice de Polo Norton 15 0
=   Raymond Hanset Norton 15 0
=   Bob Rowbottom Norton 15 0
51   Tommy McLeod Norton 16 0
=   Albert Montagne Norton 16 0
53   Jean-Pierre Bayle Norton Ret Ret 17 0
=   Stan Cameron Matchless Ret 17 0
55   Joe Wright Norton 17 0
56   Harry Grant Norton / Matchless 18 22 0
=   Jimmy Jones Norton 18 0
58   William McCosh Matchless 19 0
=   Fred Stevens AJS 19 0
60   Martin Brosnan Norton 20 0
=   Ed LaBelle BMW 20 0
62   George Northwood Norton 21 0
=   Willie White Norton 21 0
64   Vernon Cottle Norton 22 0
66   Frank Gordon Norton 23 0
67   Ernie Oliver AJS 24 0
68   Jack Shannon BSA 25 0
69   John Brown Norton 26 0
-   Eric Hinton Norton Ret Ret Ret 0
-   Jimmy Buchan Jr Norton Ret Ret 0
-   Jack Findlay Norton Ret Ret 0
-   John Hartle MV Agusta Ret Ret 0
-   Llewelyn Ranson Norton Ret Ret 0
-   Ernesto Brambilla MV Agusta Ret 0
-   Jack Brett Norton Ret 0
-   Jack Bullock Matchless Ret 0
-   Louis Carr Norton Ret 0
-   Eric Cheers Norton Ret 0
-   Artemio Cirelli Gilera Ret 0
-   Barry Cortvriend Matchless Ret 0
-   George Costain Norton Ret 0
-   Adolfo Covi Norton Ret 0
-   Dick Creith Norton Ret 0
-   Davy Crawford Norton Ret 0
-   Bruce Daniels Norton Ret 0
-   Bertie Farlow Norton Ret 0
-   Ray Fay Norton Ret 0
-   Peter Ferbrache Matchless Ret 0
-   Bob Ferguson Norton Ret 0
-   Ralph Fox AJS Ret 0
-   Joe Glazebrook Norton Ret 0
-   Roger Graham Norton Ret 0
-   Owen Greenwood Triumph Ret 0
-   Francesco Guglielminetti Norton Ret 0
-   Tom Hesketh Norton Ret 0
-   Tommy Holmes BSA Ret 0
-   Roy Ingram Norton Ret 0
-   Len Ireland Norton Ret 0
-   Den Jarman Norton Ret 0
-   Lothar John BMW Ret 0
-   Host Kassner Norton Ret 0
-   Luigi Marcelli Norton Ret 0
-   Angus Martin Norton Ret 0
-   Giuseppe Mantelli Gilera Ret 0
-   Emanuele Maugliani Gilera Ret 0
-   Robert McCracken Norton Ret 0
-   Fritz Messerli Ret 0
-   Syd Mizen Norton Dunstall Ret 0
-   Albert Moule Norton Ret 0
-   Frank Perris Norton Ret 0
-   Harry Plews AJS Ret 0
-   Ladislaus Richter Norton Ret 0
-   Bill Robertson Norton Ret 0
-   Walter Scheimann Norton Ret 0
-   Toni Schmitz Norton Ret 0
-   Ray Spence Norton Ret 0
-   Don Tickle Norton Ret 0
-   Alan Trow Norton Ret 0
-   Dino Valbonesi Gilera Ret 0
-   Michel Valentin Ret 0
-   Martinus van Son Norton Ret 0
-   Roberto Vigorito Norton Ret 0
-   Arthur Wheeler AJS Ret 0
-   Lewis Young Norton Ret 0
-   Benedetto Zambotti Gilera Ret 0
Pos Rider Bike FRA
 
MAN
 
GER
 
HOL
 
BEL
 
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   John Surtees United Kingdom MV Agusta 48 6
2   John Hartle United Kingdom MV Agusta 16 0
3   Bob Brown Australia Norton 14 0
4   Gary Hocking Rhodesia Norton 12 0
5   Geoff Duke United Kingdom Norton 10 0
6   Remo Venturi Italy MV Agusta 6 0
7   Dickie Dale United Kingdom AJS 6 0
8   John Hempleman New Zealand Norton 6 0
9   Bob Anderson United Kingdom Norton 5 0
10   Alistair King United Kingdom Norton 4 0
=   Ernesto Brambilla Italy MV Agusta 4 0
12   Paddy Driver South Africa Norton 4 0
13   Mike Hailwood United Kingdom AJS 2 0
=   Tom Phillis Australia Norton 2 0
15   Jim Redman Rhodesia Norton 2 0
16   Terry Shepherd United Kingdom Norton 1 0
=   Dave Chadwick United Kingdom Norton 1 0
=   Gilberto Milani Italy Norton 1 0

250cc StandingsEdit

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1   Carlo Ubbiali Italy MV Agusta 28 2
2   Tarquinio Provini Italy MV Agusta 16 2
=   Gary Hocking Rhodesia MZ 16 2
4   Ernst Degner East Germany MZ 14 0
5   Mike Hailwood United Kingdom Mondial 13 0
6   Emilio Mendogni Italy Morini 10 0
7   Derek Minter United Kingdom Morini 7 0
8   Tommy Robb United Kingdom GMS-MZ 7 0
9   Horst Fügner East Germany MZ 6 0
10   Geoff Duke United Kingdom Benelli 5 0
11   Dave Chadwick United Kingdom MV Agusta 4 0
12   Libero Liberati Italy Morini 3 0
13   Horst Kassner West Germany NSU 2 0
=   Phil Carter United Kingdom NSU 2 0
=   Luigi Taveri Switzerland MZ 2 0
16   Rudi Thalhammer Austria NSU 1 0
=   Dickie Dale United Kingdom Benelli 1 0
18   Günter Beer West Germany Adler 1 0

125cc StandingsEdit

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1   Carlo Ubbiali Italy MV Agusta 30 3
2   Tarquinio Provini Italy MV Agusta 28 2
3   Mike Hailwood United Kingdom Ducati 20 1
4   Luigi Taveri Switzerland MZ / Ducati 14 0
5   Ernst Degner East Germany MZ 13 1
6   Bruno Spaggiari Italy Ducati 8 0
7   Derek Minter United Kingdom MZ 8 0
8   Ken Kavanagh Australia Ducati 8 0
9   Gary Hocking Rhodesia MZ / MV Agusta 7 0
10   Horst Fügner East Germany MZ 6 0
11   Werner Musiol East Germany MZ 4 0
12   Francesco Villa Italy Ducati 3 0
13   Alberto Pagani Italy Ducati 2 0
14   Naomi Taniguchi Japan Honda 1 0
=   Karl Kronmüller West Germany Ducati 1 0
=   Ulf Svensson Sweden Ducati 1 0
=   Arthur Wheeler United Kingdom Ducati 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.