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1976 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

1976 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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The 1976 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 28th F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship season.

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Season summaryEdit

 
Giacomo Agostini on the 350cc MV Agusta during practice for the 1976 West German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring.

1976 marked the beginning of the era of Suzuki domination with the Japanese firm taking 11 of the first 12 places in the premier class.[1] Angel Nieto would take his fifth world title in the 50cc division, this time aboard a Bultaco.[1] In the 125cc class, it was more of the same with Morbidelli taking another crown with Pier Paolo Bianchi claiming the championship. Walter Villa would claim double world championships in the 250cc and 350cc classes for Harley-Davidson fighting off a strong challenge from defending champion, Johnny Cecotto in the larger class.[1]

Barry Sheene came to the fore with a dominating championship season in the 500cc division, finishing ahead of his Suzuki teammate Teuvo Länsivuori. Newcomer Marco Lucchinelli impressed as well on a Suzuki but injuries curtailed his performance.[1] Pat Hennen became the first American rider to win a 500cc Grand Prix, when he triumphed at the Finnish Grand Prix.[1]

1976 marked the end of an era as it would be the last time the Isle of Man TT would appear on the Grand Prix calendar.[1] Once the most prestigious race of the year, the event had been increasingly boycotted by the top riders.[1] The TT finally succumbed to pressure for increased safety in racing events.[1] The season also marked the end of another era with 15 time world champion Giacomo Agostini winning his last Grand Prix at the season-ending round at the Nürburgring.[1] As Agostini had chosen the MV Agusta for this challenging track, this win was also the last ever for a 500cc four-stroke engine.[1]

1976 Grand Prix season calendarEdit

Round Date Race Location 50cc winner 125cc winner 250cc winner 350cc winner 500cc winner Report
1 April 25   French Grand Prix Le Mans Bugatti   Herbert Rittberger   Walter Villa   Walter Villa   Barry Sheene Report
2 May 2   Austrian Grand Prix Salzburgring   Pier Paolo Bianchi   Johnny Cecotto   Barry Sheene Report
3 May 16   Nations Grand Prix Mugello   Angel Nieto   Pier Paolo Bianchi   Walter Villa   Johnny Cecotto   Barry Sheene Report
4 May 23   Yugoslavian Grand Prix Opatija   Ulrich Graf   Pier Paolo Bianchi   Dieter Braun   Olivier Chevallier Report
5 June 12   Isle of Man TT Snaefell Mountain   Tom Herron   Chas Mortimer   Tom Herron Report
6 June 26   Dutch TT Assen   Angel Nieto   Pier Paolo Bianchi   Walter Villa   Giacomo Agostini   Barry Sheene Report
7 July 4   Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps   Herbert Rittberger   Angel Nieto   Walter Villa   John Williams Report
8 July 25   Swedish Grand Prix Anderstorp   Angel Nieto   Pier Paolo Bianchi   Takazumi Katayama   Barry Sheene Report
9 August 1   Finnish Grand Prix Imatra   Julien van Zeebroeck   Pier Paolo Bianchi   Walter Villa   Walter Villa   Pat Hennen Report
10 August 22   Czechoslovakian Grand Prix Brno   Walter Villa   Walter Villa   John Newbold Report
11 August 29   German Grand Prix Nürburgring Nordschleife   Angel Nieto   Anton Mang   Walter Villa   Walter Villa   Giacomo Agostini Report
12 September 19   Spanish Grand Prix Montjuich   Angel Nieto   Pier Paolo Bianchi   Franco Bonera   Kork Ballington Report

Final standingsEdit

500cc standingsEdit

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1   Barry Sheene 7 United Kingdom Suzuki 72 5
2   Teuvo Lansivuori 4 Finland Suzuki 48 0
3   Pat Hennen 40 United States Suzuki 46 1
4   Marco Lucchinelli Italy Suzuki 40 0
5   John Newbold 8 United Kingdom Suzuki 31 1
6   Philippe Coulon Switzerland Suzuki 28 0
7   Giacomo Agostini 1 Italy Suzuki / MV Agusta 26 1
8   Jack Findlay 10 Australia Suzuki 25 0
9   John Williams 5 United Kingdom Suzuki 24 1
10   Phil Read 2 United Kingdom Suzuki 22 0
11 Marcel Ankone 21
12 Stuart Avant 20
13 Tom Herron 17
14 Chas Mortimer 16
15 Michel Rougerie 16
16 Karl Auer 16
17 Dieter Braun 15
18 Víctor Palomo 13
19 Ian Richards 12
20   Johnny Cecotto 3 12
21 Wil Hartog 10
22 Virginio Ferrari 10
23 Billie Guthrie 10
24 Alex George 10
25 Boet Van Dulmen 9
26 Takazumi Katayama 8
27 Max Wiener 6
28 Roger Nichols 6
29 Olivier Chevallier 5
30 Jon Ekerold 5
31 Bernard Fau 4
32 Bernd Tungethal 4
33 Alan North 4
34 Gordon Pantall 3
35 Christian Estrosi 3
36 Rob Bron 3
37 Christian Bourgeois 3
38 Helmut Kassner 3
39 Pekka Nurmi 2
40 John Weeden 2
41 Dave Potter 1
42 G.Schwemmer 1
43 W.A. Smith 1
44 Edmar Ferreira 1
45 Borge W.Nielsen 1

350cc standingsEdit

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1   Walter Villa 42 Italy Aermacchi Harley-Davidson 76 4
2   Johnny Cecotto 1 Venezuela Yamaha 65 2
3   Chas Mortimer 6 United Kingdom Yamaha 54 1
4   Tom Herron 9 United Kingdom Yamaha 47 0
5   John Dodds 56 Australia Yamaha 34 0
6   Víctor Palomo Spain Yamaha 29 0
7   Takazumi Katayama Japan Yamaha 28 0
8   Bruno Kneubühler Switzerland Yamaha 28 0
9   Olivier Chevallier France Yamaha 27 1
10   Franco Uncini Italy Yamaha 27 0
11 Dieter Braun 23
12 Kork Ballington 20
13 Pentti Korhonen 19
14 Patrick Pons 18
15 Gianfranco Bonera 15
16 Giacomo Agostini 15
17 Tony Rutter 12
18 Billie Guthrie 10
19 Gerard Choukroun 10
20 Alan North 10
21 Jean-François Baldé 10
22 Martin Sharpe 8
23 Leif Gustafsson 8
24 Boet Van Dulmen 6
25 John Weeden 5
26 Patrick Fernandez 5
27 Paolo Tordi 5
28 Derek Chatterton 5
29 Jon Ekerold 4
30 Neil Tuxworth 4
31 Philip Bouzanne 3
32 Karl Auer 3
33 Jack Findlay 3
34 Kjell Solberg 3
35 Bo Granath 2
36 Rudolf Kunz 2
37 Claudio Loigo 1
38 S.McClements 1

250cc standingsEdit

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1   Walter Villa 1 Italy Aermacchi Harley-Davidson 90 7
2   Takazumi Katayama Japan Yamaha 73 1
3   Franco Bonera Italy Aermacchi Harley-Davidson 61 1
4   Tom Herron United Kingdom Yamaha 47 1
5   Pentti Korhonen Finland Yamaha 47 0
6   Dieter Braun West Germany Yamaha 42 1
7   Chas Mortimer 6 United Kingdom Yamaha 31 0
8   Bruno Kneubühler 9 Switzerland Yamaha 29 0
9   Olivier Chevallier France Yamaha 25 0
10   Víctor Palomo Spain Yamaha 25 0
11 John Dodds 24
12 Patrick Fernandez 21
13 Kork Ballington 15
14 Paolo Pileri 12
15 Jon Ekerold 10
16 Alan North 10
17 Tony Rutter 8
18 Jean-François Baldé 8
19 Eddie Roberts 6
20 Gerard Choukroun 6
21 Franco Uncini 6
22 Patrick Pons 6
23 Philip Bouzanne 6
24 Pekka Nurmi 5
25 Alex George 5
26 Boet van Dulmen 4
27 John Weeden 4
28 Ian Richards 3
29 Leif Gustafsson 3
30 Dennis Casement 2
31 Jean Claude Hogrel 2
32 Tapio Virtanen 2
33 János Drapál 2
32 Harald Bartol 1
33 Eero Hyvärinen 1
34 Niel Tuxworth 1

125cc standingsEdit

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1   Pier Paolo Bianchi 2 Italy Morbidelli 90 7
2   Ángel Nieto Spain Bultaco 67 1
3   Paolo Pileri 1 Italy Morbidelli 64 0
4   Henk van Kessel 7 Netherlands Condor 46 0
5   Anton Mang West Germany Morbidelli 32 1
6   Jean-Louis Guignabodet 2 France Morbidelli 27 0
7   Eugenio Lazzarini 5 Italy Morbidelli 26 0
8   Gert Bender West Germany Bender 25 0
9   Stefan Dörflinger Switzerland Morbidelli 23 0
10   Julien van Zeebroeck Belgium Morbidelli 18 0
11 Xaver Tschannen 14
12 Walter Koschine 12
13 Cees van Dongen 11
14 Otello Buscherini 10
15 Leif Gustafsson 10
16 Harald Bartol 9
17 Hans Müller 9
18 Horst Seel 8
19 Enrico Cereda 7
20 Pierluigi Conforti 7
21 Lennart Lundgren 6
22 Per Edward Carlsson 6
23 Johann Zemsauer 5
24 Matti Kinnunen 5
25 Rolf Blatter 4
26 Luigi Richetti 4
27 Hans Hummel 4
28 Peter Frohnmeyer 3
29 Ermanno Giuliano 2
30 Auno Hakala 2
31 Hans Hallberg 1
32 Lennart Lindell 1
33 Heinz Schmid 1
34 P.Cecchini 1

50cc standingsEdit

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1   Ángel Nieto 1 Spain Bultaco 85 5
2   Herbert Rittberger 5 West Germany Kreidler 76 2
3   Ulrich Graf Switzerland Kreidler 69 1
4   Eugenio Lazzarini 2 Italy Morbidelli 53 0
5   Rudolf Kunz 4 West Germany Kreidler 34 0
6   Julien van Zeebroeck 9 Belgium Kreidler 26 1
7   Stefan Dörflinger 6 Switzerland Kreidler 25 0
8   Rolf Blatter Switzerland Kreidler 25 0
9   Hans Hummel 9 Austria Kreidler 20 0
10   Pierre Audry France ABF 15 0
11 Aldo Pero 13
12 Theo Timmer 12
13 Engelbert Kip 12
14 Gerrit Strikker 9
15 Cees van Dongen 9
16 Benjamin Laurent 8
17 Günter Schirnhofer 7
18 Theo Van Geffen 6
19 Ricardo Tormo 5
20 Robert Laver 5
21 Claudio Lusuardi 4
22 Yves Le Tourmelin 4
23 E.Mischiatti 4
24 B.Stopp 4
25 Wolfgang Müller 3
26 Ramon Gali 3
27 Ermanno Giuliano 1

ReferencesEdit

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

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