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1970 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

1970 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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The 1970 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 22nd F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix season. The season consisted of twelve Grand Prix races in six classes: 500cc, 350cc, 250cc, 125cc, 50cc and Sidecars 500cc. It began on 3 May, with West German Grand Prix and ended with Spanish Grand Prix on 27 September.

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Season summaryEdit

With little opposition, Giacomo Agostini and MV Agusta continued to dominate the 500 class. Life was a bit tougher for Agostini in the 350 class as Kel Carruthers and Renzo Pasolini on Benellis and Rod Gould on a factory Yamaha gave him a battle on more than one occasion.[1] Gould would take the 250 title for Yamaha, battling Carruthers for the entire season.[1] German Dieter Braun would give Suzuki the 125 crown while Derbi mounted Angel Nieto claimed the 50cc class for the second year in a row.

There were six fatalities among the competitors at the Isle of Man TT races, including world championship contender Santiago Herrero, making 1970 the deadliest year in the history of the event.[2][3]

1970 Grand Prix season calendarEdit

Round Date Grand Prix Circuit 50cc winner 125cc winner 250cc winner 350cc winner 500cc winner Sidecars 500cc winner Report
1 3 May   West German Grand Prix Nürburgring Nordschleife   Angel Nieto   John Dodds   Kel Carruthers   Giacomo Agostini   Giacomo Agostini   Auerbacher / Hahn Report
2 17 May   French Grand Prix Le Mans Bugatti   Angel Nieto   Dieter Braun   Rodney Gould   Giacomo Agostini   Enders / Kalauch Report
3 24 May   Yugoslavian Grand Prix Opatija Circuit   Angel Nieto   Dieter Braun   Santiago Herrero   Giacomo Agostini   Giacomo Agostini Report
4 12 June   Isle of Man TT Snaefell Mountain   Dieter Braun   Kel Carruthers   Giacomo Agostini   Giacomo Agostini   Enders / Kalauch Report
5 27 June   Dutch TT Assen   Angel Nieto   Dieter Braun   Rodney Gould   Giacomo Agostini   Giacomo Agostini   Auerbacher / Hahn Report
6 5 July   Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps   Aalt Toersen   Angel Nieto   Rodney Gould   Giacomo Agostini   Butscher / Huber Report
7 12 July   East German Grand Prix Sachsenring   Aalt Toersen   Angel Nieto   Rodney Gould   Giacomo Agostini   Giacomo Agostini Report
8 19 July   Czechoslovakian Grand Prix Masaryk Circuit   Aalt Toersen   Gilberto Parlotti   Kel Carruthers   Giacomo Agostini   Enders / Engelhardt Report
9 2 August   Finnish Grand Prix Imatra Circuit   Dave Simmonds   Rodney Gould   Giacomo Agostini   Giacomo Agostini   Enders / Engelhardt Report
10 15 August   Ulster Grand Prix Dundrod Circuit   Angel Nieto   Kel Carruthers   Giacomo Agostini   Giacomo Agostini   Enders / Engelhardt Report
11 13 September   Nations Grand Prix Monza   Jan de Vries   Angel Nieto   Rodney Gould   Giacomo Agostini   Giacomo Agostini Report
12 27 September   Spanish Grand Prix Montjuich   Salvador Cañellas   Angel Nieto   Kent Andersson   Angelo Bergamonti   Angelo Bergamonti Report

Scoring systemEdit

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

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th 
Points 15 12 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1

500cc final standingsEdit

Pos Rider Machine GER
 
FRA
 
YUG
 
MAN
 
HOL
 
BEL
 
DDR
 
FIN
 
ULS
 
NAC
 
ESP
 
Pts
1   Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 90
2   Ginger Molloy Bultaco / Kawasaki 5 2 7 4 16 15 2 2 6 2 62
3   Angelo Bergamonti Aermacchi / MV Agusta 4 2 2 2 1 59
4   Tommy Robb Seeley 3 11 Ret 10 3 10 5 Ret 4 36
5   Alberto Pagani Linto 3 Ret 3 Ret Ret 3 Ret Ret 30
6   Alan Barnett Seeley-Matchless 2 7 Ret 4 Ret 24
7   Christian Ravel Kawasaki 8 Ret 2 5 Ret Ret Ret 8 24
8   Jack Findlay Seeley-Matchless / Seeley-Suzuki Ret Ret 4 4 Ret Ret 12 Ret 4 Ret Ret 24
9   Martti Pesonen Yamaha 7 5 Ret Ret 8 8 7 7 24
10   Peter Williams Matchless 2 7 5 22
11   Roberto Gallina Paton 3 Ret 7 5 20
12   Martin Carney Kawasaki Ret Ret 3 6 6 20
13   Gyula Marsovszky Linto / Kawasaki 11 6 8 9 Ret Ret Ret 4 Ret 18
14   Eric Offenstadt Kawasaki Ret 9 13 7 4 Ret 14
15   John Dodds Linto Ret Ret Ret Ret 2 Ret Ret Ret 12
16   Silvano Bertarelli Kawasaki Ret 3 10
=   Bill Smith Kawasaki / Yamaha 3 Ret 10
=   Percy Tait Triumph / Seeley-Matchless Ret 3 10
19   Giuseppe Mandolini Moto Guzzi 3 10
20   Dave Simmonds Kawasaki Ret 12 6 12 12 8 Ret 9 10
21   Karl Hoppe Münch-URS / Seeley-URS 4 16 Ret Ret 8
22   Karl Auer Matchless Ret 4 Ret 8
23   Gianpiero Zubani Kawasaki 9 5 8
=   John Williams Matchless 5 9 8
25   Godfrey Nash Norton / Manx Ret Ret Ret 11 9 6 7
26   Billie Nelson Paton 9 Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret 7
27   Ernst Hiller Kawasaki 8 Ret 7 Ret 7
28   Lewis Young Honda / Matchless Ret Ret 11 Ret 5 Ret Ret 6
29   Brian Steenson Seeley-Matchless 15 5 Ret 6
30   Paul Smart Seeley-Matchless Ret 5 Ret Ret 6
31   Terry Dennehy Honda 10 Ret Ret 13 6 Ret Ret Ret 6
32   Tony Jefferies Matchless 6 Ret 5
=   Walter Rungg Aermacchi 6 Ret Ret 5
34   Rob Bron Suzuki 6 5
35   Steve Ellis Linto / Matchless Ret Ret 14 10 Ret 7 5
36   Ron Chandler Seeley-Matchless / Triumph Ret 8 9 Ret 5
37   Selwyn Griffiths Matchless 7 4
38   Gerry Mateer Norton Ret 8 3
39   Brian Adams Norton 8 3
=   Giovanni Perrone Kawasaki 8 3
41   Vincent Duckett Seeley-Matchless 9 13 2
42   Hans-Otto Butenuth BMW Ret Ret 9 2
43   Paolo Campanelli Kawasaki Ret 9 2
44   Jean Campiche Honda Ret 10 14 10 Ret 2
45   Gordon Keith Velocette Ret 21 Ret 10 1
46   André-Luc Appietto Paton 10 1
=   Charlie Dobson Seeley-Matchless 10 1
=   Vasco Loro Norton-Kawasaki 10 1
=   Steve Spencer Norton 10 1
50   Werner Bergold Linto / Seeley 14 11 0
51   Malcolm Uphill Suzuki Ret 11 Ret 0
52   Emanuele Maugliani Seeley Ret 11 0
53   Peter Berwick Aermacchi 11 0
=   John Burgess Norton Ret 11 0
=   Jim Curry Aermacchi 11 0
=   Keith Heckles Norton 11 0
57   Heinrich Rosenbusch Linto 12 Ret 14 0
58   Alan Lawton Norton 14 12 0
59   George Fogarty Shepherd 12 17 0
60   Jouko Ryhänen Matchless 12 0
=   Frantisek Srna Jawa 12 0
62   Pierre-Louis Tebec Kawasaki 26 13 0
63   Gerhard Heukerott Benelli Ret Ret 13 Ret 0
64   Sven-Olov Gunnarsson Kawasaki 13 Ret 0
65   John Blanchard Seeley 13 0
=   Ken Tilley Norton 13 0
=   Alo Zanetta Kawasaki 13 0
68   Billy Andersson Matchless / Crescent 39 14 Ret 0
69   Ferdinand Kaczor Seeley-URS 14 Ret 0
70   Harris Healey Norton 14 0
71   Ken Kay Aermacchi 28 15 0
72   Bob Heath BSA Ret 15 0
73   Serge Jamsin Norton 15 0
=   Hervé Lansac Kawasaki 15 0
=   Norman Price Norton 15 0
76   Maurice Hawthorne Norton / Linto 16 Ret 0
77   Peter Gibson Seeley 16 0
=   Cambell Gorman Velocette 16 0
=   Terry McDonald Matchless 16 0
80   Jean-Claude Costeux Aermacchi 17 0
=   Peter Darvill Higley-Seeley 17 0
=   Stephen Millard Matchless 17 0
=   Franco Trabalzini Paton 17 0
84   Chris Neve Seeley 34 18 0
85   Bo Granath Husqvarna 18 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
86   Bob Biscardine Norton 18 0
=   Arpad Juhos Matchless 18 0
88   Roy Reid Norton 35 19 0
89   Paul Eickelberg Matchless / Norton 19 Ret Ret 0
90   Geoff Barry Oakley-Matchless 19 0
91   John Barton Triumph 20 0
=   Nigel Palmer Matchless 20 0
=   Harry Turner Norton 20 0
94   Gilbert Argo Matchless 21 0
95   Alois Maxwald Matchless 22 Ret 0
96   Don Grant Norton 22 0
97   Barry Randle Seeley 23 Ret Ret 0
98   Brian Moses Norton 23 0
99   Willi Bertsch Honda 24 0
=   Dave Foulkes Norton 24 0
101   Brian Edwards Kettle-Norton 25 0
=   Jean-Marie Grandidier Matchless 25 0
103   Brian Swales Norton 26 0
104   Gordon Daniels Matchless 27 0
=   Jerry Lancaster Aermacchi 27 0
106   Rudolf Reinhardt BMW 28 0
107   Graham Sharp Petty-Norton 29 0
=   Jupp Tröblinger Norton 29 0
109   Don Harris Norton 30 0
=   Walfried Weingartner Matchless 30 0
111   Ron Baylie Triumph 31 0
=   Ted Janssen Norton 31 0
113   John Pepper Norton 32 0
114   Len Williams Aermacchi 33 0
115   Roger Fursman Norton 36 0
116   Dennis Trollope Norton 37 0
117   Carl Ward Norton 38 0
118   Mick Potter Metisse 40 0
119   Graham Penny Honda 41 0
-   Theo Louwes Kawasaki / Matchless Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
-   Keith Turner Linto Ret Ret Ret 0
-   Cliff Carr Kawasaki Ret Ret 0
-   Tom Dickie Kuhn-Seeley Ret Ret 0
-   John-Tom Findlay Norton Ret Ret 0
-   Robert Graham Matchless / Aermacchi Ret Ret 0
-   Pentti Lehtelä Matchless / Yamaha Ret Ret 0
-   Renzo Pasolini Benelli Ret Ret 0
-   Philippe Schreyer Kawasaki Ret Ret 0
-   Stan Adams Seeley Ret 0
-   Tom Armstrong Norton Ret 0
-   Jim Ashton Matchless Ret 0
-   George Barnacle Triumph Ret 0
-   Rex Butcher Metisse Ret 0
-   Doug Cash Norton Ret 0
-   Paul Coombs CRD Ret 0
-   Adrian Cooper Norton Ret 0
-   John Cooper Seeley Ret 0
-   Ake Dahli Kawasaki Ret 0
-   Walter Dawson Norton Ret 0
-   Charlie Dobson Seeley Ret 0
-   Didier Dumesnil Linto Ret 0
-   Robin Duffty Norton Ret 0
-   Hugh Evans CRD Ret 0
-   Derek Filler Norton Ret 0
-   Denis Gallagher Seeley Ret 0
-   Lou Geeson Triumph Ret 0
-   Mick Grant Velocette Ret 0
-   Chris Gregory Norton Ret 0
=   René Guili Matchless Ret 0
-   Osmo Hansen Matchless Ret 0
-   Ray Knight CRD Ret 0
-   Hannu Kuparinen Matchless Ret 0
-   Cliff Lawson Norton Ret 0
-   Derek Lee Matchless Ret 0
-   Patrick Lefevre Norton Ret 0
=   Marty Lunde Crescent Ret 0
-   Pat Mahoney Kuhn-Seeley Ret 0
-   Percy May Petty-Norton Ret 0
-   Ray McCullough Seeley Ret 0
-   Gilberto Milani Aermacchi Ret 0
-   Malcolm Moffatt Seeley Ret 0
-   Mustapha Moulay Paton Ret 0
-   Jean-Pierre Naudon Matchless Ret 0
-   Garth Neveling Norton Ret 0
-   Derryl Pandlebury Norton Ret 0
-   Dick Pipes Norton Ret 0
-   Harry Reynolds Norton Ret 0
=   Jacques Roca Suzuki Ret 0
-   Barry Sheene Bultaco Ret 0
-   Roy Simmons Norton Ret 0
-   John Stanley Seeley Ret 0
-   Frantisek Stastny Jawa Ret 0
-   Thierry Tchernine Velocette Ret 0
-   Rolf Thiemig Ducati Ret 0
-   Franco Trabalzini Paton Ret 0
-   Tony Turner Norton Ret 0
-   Fred Walton Velocette Ret 0
-   Charlie Watts Norton Ret 0
-   John Wetherall Norton Ret 0
-   Benedetto Zambotti Bianchi Ret 0
Pos Rider Bike GER
 
FRA
 
YUG
 
MAN
 
HOL
 
BEL
 
DDR
 
FIN
 
ULS
 
NAC
 
ESP
 
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

1970 350 cc Roadracing World Championship final standingsEdit

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1   Giacomo Agostini 1 Italy MV Agusta 90 9
2   Kel Carruthers 7 Australia Benelli 58 0
3   Renzo Pasolini Italy Benelli 46 0
4   Kent Andersson Sweden Yamaha 44 0
5   Martti Pesonen Finland Yamaha 38 0
6   Rodney Gould United Kingdom Yamaha 28 0
7   Angelo Bergamonti Italy MV Agusta 27 1
8   Günter Bartusch East Germany MZ 20 0
9   Alan Barnett United Kingdom Aermacchi 20 0
10   Tommy Robb United Kingdom Yamaha 18 0

1970 250 cc Roadracing World Championship final standingsEdit

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1   Rodney Gould 6 United Kingdom Yamaha 102 6
2   Kel Carruthers Australia Yamaha 84 4
3   Kent Andersson 2 Sweden Yamaha 67 1
4   Jarno Saarinen Finland Yamaha 57 0
5   Börje Jansson 5 Sweden Yamaha 34 0
6   Chas Mortimer United Kingdom Yamaha 30 0
7   Gyula Marsovsky Switzerland Yamaha 28 0
8   Santiago Herrero 3 Spain Ossa 27 1
9   Bo Granath Sweden Yamaha 25 0
10   Silvio Grassetti Italy Yamaha 24 0

1970 125 cc Roadracing World Championship final standingsEdit

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1   Dieter Braun 2 West Germany Suzuki 84 4
2   Angel Nieto Spain Derbi 72 4
3   Börje Jansson Sweden Maico 62 0
4   Dave Simmonds 1 United Kingdom Kawasaki 57 1
5   László Szabó 8 Hungary MZ 34 0
6   Toni Gruber West Germany Maico 33 0
7   Aalt Toersen Netherlands Suzuki 31 0
8   John Dodds Australia Aermacchi 24 1
9   Gunter Bartusch East Germany MZ 22 0
10   Heinz Kriwanek Austria Rotax 25 0

1970 50 cc Roadracing World Championship final standingsEdit

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1   Angel Nieto 1 Spain Derbi 87 5
2   Aalt Toersen 2 Netherlands Jamathi 75 3
3   Rudolf Kunz 8 West Germany Kreidler 66 0
4   Salvador Cañellas Spain Derbi 63 1
5   Jan De Vries 4 Netherlands Kreidler 60 1
6   Jos Schurgers Netherlands Kreidler 41 0
7   Martin Mijwaart 10 Netherlands Jamathi 40 0
8   Ludwig Fassbender 9 West Germany Kreidler 17 0
9   Gilberto Parlotti 6 Italy Tomos 15 1
10   Harald Bartol Austria Kreidler 11 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Noyes, Dennis; Scott, Michael (1999), Motocourse: 50 Years Of Moto Grand Prix, Hazleton Publishing Ltd, ISBN 1-874557-83-7
  2. ^ "World's fastest way to die: The most dangerous race on the planet". news.com.au. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Two more deaths take Isle of Man TT Festival toll to five". express.co.uk. Retrieved 20 February 2017.