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1967 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

1967 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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The 1967 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 19th F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix season. The season consisted of thirteen Grand Prix races in six classes: 500cc, 350cc, 250cc, 125cc, 50cc and Sidecars 500cc. It began on 30 April, with Spanish Grand Prix and ended with Japanese Grand Prix on 15 October.

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Season summaryEdit

A seminal year in motorcycle Grand Prix history as well as the end of an era with Honda making the decision to withdraw its racing program from competition.[1] Nevertheless, Honda would go out with a bang, with Mike Hailwood taking the 250 cc and 350 cc crowns and coming within a whisker of dethroning Giacomo Agostini for the 500 cc title.

Honda decided to concentrate on the larger classes leaving Suzuki to dominate the 50 cc class with Anscheidt again the champion.[1] The improved Yamahas took the 125 cc class with Bill Ivy finishing ahead of teammate Phil Read.

In the 250 cc class, Read would battle Hailwood mightily for the title. They both finished the season with 50 points but Hailwood took the title because he had five wins to Read's four.[1] In the 350 cc class, Hailwood had an easier time, taking six wins and claiming the crown by mid-season.

The 500 title fight would be one for the ages with Agostini and Hailwood swapping wins back and forth including a legendary duel at the Isle of Man TT.[1] The chase went down to the last race in Canada. Hailwood won there to tie Agostini on points. Each rider had five wins so it came down to second places- Agostini taking the title with three seconds to Hailwood's two.[1]

With Honda's pullout, Hailwood left motorcycle racing to take up a car racing career. He left with a blaze of glory, winning three classes in one day at the Dutch TT as well as three classes in one week at the Isle of Man TT.

1967 Grand Prix season calendarEdit

Round Date Grand Prix Circuit 50cc winner 125cc winner 250cc winner 350cc winner 500cc winner Sidecars 500cc winner Report
1 30 April   Spanish Grand Prix Montjuïc circuit   Hans-Georg Anscheidt   Bill Ivy   Phil Read   Auerbacher / Dein Report
2 7 May   West German Grand Prix Hockenheimring   Hans-Georg Anscheidt   Yoshimi Katayama   Ralph Bryans   Mike Hailwood   Giacomo Agostini   Enders / Engelhardt Report
3 21 May   French Grand Prix Charade Circuit   Yoshimi Katayama   Bill Ivy   Bill Ivy   Enders / Engelhardt Report
4 16 June   Isle of Man TT Snaefell Mountain   Stuart Graham   Phil Read   Mike Hailwood   Mike Hailwood   Mike Hailwood   Schauzu / Horst Schneider Report
5 24 June   Dutch TT TT Circuit Assen   Yoshimi Katayama   Phil Read   Mike Hailwood   Mike Hailwood   Mike Hailwood   Enders / Engelhardt Report
6 2 July   Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps   Hans-Georg Anscheidt   Bill Ivy   Giacomo Agostini   Enders / Engelhardt Report
7 16 July   East German Grand Prix Sachsenring   Bill Ivy   Phil Read   Mike Hailwood   Giacomo Agostini Report
8 23 July   Czechoslovakian Grand Prix Masaryk Circuit   Bill Ivy   Phil Read   Mike Hailwood   Mike Hailwood Report
9 6 August   Finnish Grand Prix Imatra Circuit   Stuart Graham   Mike Hailwood   Giacomo Agostini   Enders / Engelhardt Report
10 19 August   Ulster Grand Prix Dundrod Circuit   Bill Ivy   Mike Hailwood   Giacomo Agostini   Mike Hailwood Report
11 3 September   Nations Grand Prix Monza   Bill Ivy   Phil Read   Ralph Bryans   Giacomo Agostini     Auerbacher / Nelson Report
12 30 September   Canadian Grand Prix Mosport   Bill Ivy   Mike Hailwood   Mike Hailwood Report
13 15 October   Japanese Grand Prix Fuji Speedway   Mitsuo Itoh   Bill Ivy   Ralph Bryans   Mike Hailwood Report

StandingsEdit

Scoring systemEdit

Points were awarded to the top six finishers in each race. Only the best of four were counted on 50cc championships, best of six in 350cc and 500cc championships, best of seven in 125cc and 250cc championships, while in the Sidecars, the best of five races were counted.

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

500cc final standingsEdit

Pos Rider Machine GER
 
MAN
 
HOL
 
BEL
 
DDR
 
CZE
 
FIN
 
ULS
 
NAC
 
CAN
 
Pts
1   Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta 1 Ret 2 1 1 2 1 20 1 2 46 (58)
2   Mike Hailwood Honda Ret 1 1 2 Ret 1 Ret 1 2 1 46 (52)
3   John Hartle Matchless / Kirby-Metisse 6 2 5 2 2 6 22
4   Peter Williams Matchless 2 2 3 Ret 16
5   Jack Findlay Matchless / Norton 3 DNS 4 3 DNS 3 9 15
6   Fred Stevens Hannah-Paton Ret 5 Ret 3 Ret Ret 5 Ret 4 Ret 11
7   John Cooper Norton 16 4 Ret 12 Ret 3 6 8
8   Gyula Marsovszky Matchless Ret 14 5 5 10 4 Ret 7 7 7
9   Billie Nelson Norton 5 9 11 7 8 3 Ret 6
10   Steve Spencer Norton 3 9 13 5 Ret 6
11   Mike Duff Matchless 8 Ret Ret Ret 3 4
12   Angelo Bergamonti Hannah-Paton Ret 11 3 4
13   John Dodds Norton Ret 10 8 4 6 9 Ret 4
=   Dan Shorey Norton Ret 4 9 6 10 Ret 8 4
15   Robin Fitton Norton 4 7 Ret 3
16   Bo Granath Matchless 15 17 14 12 Ret 4 15 3
17   John Blanchard Seeley-Matchless / Seeley-URS Ret 33 Ret 4 3
18   Ivor Lloyd Matchless 4 3
19   Rodney Gould Norton Ret 5 11 Ret 8 2
20   Giuseppe Mandolini Moto Guzzi 5 2
=   Andreas Georgeades Velocette 5 2
22   Chris Conn Norton 7 Ret 6 Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret 1
23   Derek Minter Norton Ret 7 6 1
24   Griff Jenkins Norton 6 13 1
25   Maurice Hawthorne Norton Ret 6 1
26   Johnny Rockett Norton 6 1
27   Lewis Young Metisse / Matchless Ret Ret Ret Ret 14 7 0
28   Tom Dickie Matchless 7 0
=   Dave Lloyd Triton 7 0
=   Frantisek Srna Jawa 7 0
31   Kel Carruthers Metisse / Norton / Matchless Ret Ret 8 Ret Ret 9 Ret 14 Ret 0
32   Billy McCosch Matchless 8 10 0
33   Keith Turner Matchless 24 13 8 0
34   Manuel Radbord Honda 8 0
35   Ron Chandler Matchless Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret 0
34   Hartmut Allner BMW 9 0
=   Thomas de Mange Matchless 9 0
=   Dave Degens Matchless 9 0
38   Derek Lee Matchless 10 12 Ret 12 12 0
39   Walter Scheimann Norton 10 Ret 13 12 Ret 0
40   Jack Saunders Matchless 14 10 0
41   Karl Hoppe Matchless Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 0
42   Malcolm Stanton Norton Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret 0
43   Jean Lysight Triumph 10 0
44   Rex Butcher Norton 11 11 0
45   Hannu Kuparinen Matchless 15 11 0
46   Godfrey Nash Norton Ret 11 Ret 0
47   Denis Gallagher Matchless Ret 11 0
48   Bob MacLean Norton 11 0
=   Armand Nerger Honda 11 0
50   Henry Hanje Triumph 12 0
51   Oliver Howe Norton Ret 12 16 0
52   Barry Randle Norton 12 0
=   Dietmar Völmle Norton 12 0
54   Ernst Weiss Matchless 18 13 0
55   Fritjof Eccarius Matchless 13 Ret 0
=   Bill Smith Matchless 13 Ret 0
57   Cecil Crawford Norton 13 0
=   David Shepard Norton 13 0
59   György Kurucz Matchless / Norton 14 14 0
60   Guy Cooremans Norton 15 0
=   Errol Cowan Matchless 15 0
=   Pat Hewartson Norton 15 0
=   Charlie Sanby Norton 15 0
64   Gordon Keith Norton 21 16 Ret 0
65   Bob Steele Matchless Ret 16 0
66   Tony McGurk Matchless 16 0
67   Gianfranco Domeniconi Norton 17 0
=   Steve Jolly Matchless 17 0
=   Ron Wilson Norton 17 0
70   Bert Oosterhuis Norton 18 0
=   Brian Walmsley Norton 18 0
=   Benedetto Zambotti Norton 18 0
73   Ken Kay Matchless-Metisse Ret 19 0
74   Bernie Lund Matchless 19 0
=   Emanuele Maugliani Norton 19 0
76   Norman Price Norton 20 0
77   Roy Reid Norton 28 21 0
78   Ian Burne Norton 22 Ret 0
79   Harry Turner Norton 22 0
80   Billy Andersson Matchless 23 0
81   Lee Atlee Norton 25 Ret 0
82   Doug Cash Norton 26 0
83   Ray Knight Triumph 27 0
84   Colin Thompson Norton 29 0
85   Albert Moule Norton 30 0
86   Chris Neve Matchless 31 0
87   Ian Ablett BSA 32 0
88   David Johnson Norton 34 0
89   Albert Haddock Triton 35 0
90   Hugh Evans MV Agusta 36 0
91   Melvyn Rice Vincent HRD 37 0
-   Joe Dunphy Norton Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
-   Edy Lenz Matchless Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
-   Eric Hinton Norton Ret Ret Ret 0
-   Tom Gill Matchless Ret Ret 0
-   Malcolm Uphill Norton Ret Ret 0
-   Stuart Morin Norton Ret Ret 0
-   Jim Ashton Matchless Ret 0
-   Nishan Baronian BSA Ret 0
-   Roger Beaumont Triumph Ret 0
-   Godfrey Benson Norton Ret 0
-   Karoly Berek Norton Ret 0
-   Bob Biscardine Triton Ret 0
-   Ray Breingan Norton Ret 0
-   Dave Brown Norton Ret 0
-   Heiner Butz Bianchi Ret 0
-   Paolo Campanelli Matchless Ret 0
-   Alan Capstick BSA Ret 0
-   Agne Carlsson Matchless Ret 0
-   Bert Clark Matchless-Metisse Ret 0
-   Dave Croxford Matchless Ret 0
-   Dave Cunningham Triumph Ret 0
-   Peter Darvill Norton Ret 0
-   Peter-John Davis Norton Ret 0
-   Bruce Dent Norton Ret 0
-   Herbert Denzler Aermacchi Ret 0
-   Vincent Duckett Matchless Ret 0
-   Yvon Duhamel Matchless Ret 0
-   Jim Evans Norton Ret 0
-   Kurt Fischer Vincent HRD Ret 0
-   Robert Fisher Triumph Ret 0
-   Dave Foulkes Norton Ret 0
-   Tony Godfrey Norton Ret 0
-   Ron Grant Honda Ret 0
-   Selwyn Griffiths Matchless Ret 0
-   Billie Guthrie Norton Ret 0
-   Don Haddow Honda Ret 0
-   Gustav Havel Jawa Ret 0
-   Vic Hilton Norton Ret 0
-   Derek Jones BSA Ret 0
-   Peter Kellond Norton Ret 0
-   Les Kempster Norton Ret 0
-   Ken King Norton Ret 0
-   Ed LaBelle Norton Ret 0
-   Joseph Lama Matchless Ret 0
-   Alan Lawton Norton Ret 0
-   Pentti Lehtelä Norton Ret 0
-   Kurt Liebmann BMW OL Special Ret 0
-   Jack Lindh Matchless Ret 0
-   Marty Lunde Norton Ret 0
-   Mike Manley Honda Ret 0
-   Fraser McAninch Norton Ret 0
-   Ian McGregor Norton Ret 0
-   Guido Miele Gilera Ret 0
-   Stephen Millard Matchless Ret 0
-   Frank Mumford Norton Ret 0
-   Garth Neveling Norton Ret 0
-   Renzo Pasolini Benelli Ret 0
-   Alan Peck Norton Ret 0
-   Graham Penny Honda Ret 0
-   Giovanni Perrone Bianchi Ret 0
-   Laurence Povey Norton Ret 0
-   Alan Prange Matchless Ret 0
-   Tom Read Norton Ret 0
-   Harry Reynolds Matchless-Metisse Ret 0
-   Peter Richards Norton Ret 0
-   Tony Rutter Norton Ret 0
-   Jouko Ryhänen Matchless Ret 0
-   Brian Sapsford Norton Ret 0
-   Barry Scully Norton Ret 0
-   Adrian Shelley Norton Ret 0
-   Eric-Morley Shepherd Norton Ret 0
-   John Simmonds Norton Ret 0
-   Fred Simone BMW Ret 0
-   Vagn Stevnhoved Matchless Ret 0
-   Jan Strijbis Norton Ret 0
-   Percy Tait Triumph Ret 0
-   John Taylor Matchless Ret 0
-   Tom Walker Norton-BSA Ret 0
-   William Walsh Norton Ret 0
-   Carl Ward Norton Ret 0
-   Lance Weil Matchless Ret 0
-   Tony Wilmott Norton Ret 0
-   Dave Williams BSA Ret 0
-   Keith Williams Norton Ret 0
Pos Rider Bike GER
 
MAN
 
HOL
 
BEL
 
DDR
 
CZE
 
FIN
 
ULS
 
NAC
 
CAN
 
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 final standingsEdit

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1   Mike Hailwood 1 United Kingdom Honda 40 6
2   Giacomo Agostini 2 Italy MV Agusta 32 1
3   Ralph Bryans United Kingdom Honda 20 1
4   Heinz Rosner 7 East Germany MZ 18 0
5   Derek Woodman United Kingdom MZ 14 0
6   Alberto Pagani 6 Italy Aermacchi 11 0
7   Kel Carruthers 18 Australia Aermacchi 9 0
8   Renzo Pasolini 3 Italy Benelli 8 0
9   Silvio Grassetti 11 Italy Benelli 6 0
10   K. Mimuro Japan Yamaha 4 0

250cc final standingsEdit

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1   Mike Hailwood 1 United Kingdom Honda 50 5
2   Phil Read 2 United Kingdom Yamaha 50 4
3   Bill Ivy 13 United Kingdom Yamaha 46 2
4   Ralph Bryans United Kingdom Honda 40 2
5   Derek Woodman 4 United Kingdom MZ 18 0
6   Heinz Rosner 6 East Germany MZ 13 0
7   Ginger Molloy 11 New Zealand Bultaco 9 0
8   Gyula Marsovsky 12 Switzerland Bultaco 8 0
9   Akiyasu Motohashi 8 Japan Yamaha 6 0
10   Tommy Robb 22 United Kingdom Bultaco 5 0
10   Dave Simmonds United Kingdom Kawasaki 5 0

125cc final standingsEdit

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1   Bill Ivy 2 United Kingdom Yamaha 56 8
2   Phil Read 4 United Kingdom Yamaha 40 2
3   Stuart Graham United Kingdom Suzuki 38 1
4   Yoshimi Katayama 6 Japan Suzuki 19 1
5   László Szabó Hungary MZ 13 0
6   Hans-Georg Anscheidt 12 West Germany Suzuki 12 0
7   Dave Simmonds United Kingdom Kawasaki 9 0
8   Kel Carruthers Australia Honda 7 0
9   Tim Coopey Canada Yamaha 6 0
10   Thomas Heuschkel East Germany MZ 5 0
10   Walter Scheimann 15 West Germany Honda 5 0

50cc final standingsEdit

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1   Hans-Georg Anscheidt 1 West Germany Suzuki 30 3
2   Yoshimi Katayama 5 Japan Suzuki 28 2
3   Stuart Graham United Kingdom Suzuki 22 1
4   Angel Nieto 6 Spain Derbi 12 0
5   Barry Smith 8 Australia Derbi 12 0
6   Mitsuo Itoh Japan Suzuki 8 1
7   R. Schmalze West Germany Kreidler 6 0
8   José Busquet Spain Derbi 4 0
8   Benjamin Grau Spain Derbi 4 0
8   Hiroyuko Kawasaki Japan Suzuki 4 0
8   Tommy Robb United Kingdom Suzuki 4 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Noyes, Dennis; Scott, Michael (1999), Motocourse: 50 Years Of Moto Grand Prix, Hazleton Publishing Ltd, ISBN 1-874557-83-7