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The Belgian motorcycle Grand Prix is a motorcycling event that was part of the Grand Prix motorcycle racing season from 1949 to 1990.

Belgian Grand Prix
Circuit Spa.png
VenueCircuit de Spa-Francorchamps (1921-1922, 1924-1935, 1937-1939, 1947-1979, 1981-1990)
Dinant-Feschaux (1923)
Floreffe (1936)
Circuit Zolder (1980)
First race1921
Last race1990
Most wins (rider)Giacomo Agostini (8)
Most wins (manufacturer)MV Agusta (26)

HistoryEdit

The first official Belgian grand prix was held in 1949, but non-championship races were held as far back as 1921.

Every Belgian GP was held at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, with the exception of the 1980 season when the round moved to the Zolder circuit due to problems with the new asphalt at Spa-Francorchamps in 1979.[1] After the problems were resolved, Spa-Francorchamps became the host again from 1981 onwards.

The last race was held in 1990, and was subject to controversy. At the time, the FIM–IRTA war was raging on, and the Belgian Grand Prix became a casualty of this. Bernie Ecclestone decided to double the ticket prices for the 1989 Belgian Grand Prix compared to the 1989 Dutch TT which was held a week earlier. This was much to the anger of the Belgian fans and as a result of this, many fans stayed at home for the 1990 Belgian Grand Prix. This drop in spectators, in combination with the race being held on a Saturday rather than a Sunday (which was similar to the Dutch TT at the time), caused the Belgian GP to be scrapped from the 1991 season onwards.[2][3]

Currently, Spa is not suitable for motorcycle racing, and does not have an FIM licence. There is active discussion between the FIM and the circuit to make improvements to the circuit to make it suitable for motorcycle racing in time for the 2021-22 endurance season, but after a fatality during the Formula One car event in 2019, circuit officials have discussed accelerating the improvements in order to bring an FIM certified event to Spa. [4]

Winners of the Belgian motorcycle Grand PrixEdit

Multiple winners (riders)Edit

# Wins Rider Wins
Category Years won
8   Giacomo Agostini 500 cc 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973
6   John Surtees 500 cc 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960
350 cc 1956, 1958
  Ángel Nieto 125 cc 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1980
50 cc 1972
5   Wal Handley 500 cc 1934
350 cc 1925, 1929
250 cc 1923, 1933
  Jimmie Guthrie 500 cc 1935, 1936, 1937
350 cc 1931, 1933
  Mike Hailwood 500 cc 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965
350 cc 1966
4   Jimmie Simpson 500 cc 1926
350 cc 1927, 1932, 1934
  Arthur Geiß 250 cc 1935, 1936
175 cc 1927, 1928
  Ted Mellors 350 cc 1936, 1939
250 cc 1931, 1932
  Geoff Duke 500 cc 1951, 1954
350 cc 1951, 1952
  Carlo Ubbiali 250 cc 1956, 1960
125 cc 1956, 1959
  Freddie Spencer 500 cc 1982, 1984, 1985
250 cc 1985
3   Jock Porter 250 cc 1925, 1926, 1929
  Syd Crabtree 250 cc 1927, 1928, 1930
  Stanley Woods 500 cc 1927, 1931, 1932
  Yvan Goor 175 cc 1930, 1933, 1934
  John White 350 cc 1935, 1937, 1938
  Umberto Masetti 500 cc 1950, 1952, 1953
  Ernst Degner 125 cc 1960
50 cc 1962, 1965
  Phil Read 500 cc 1974, 1975
250 cc 1968
  Anton Mang 250 cc 1980, 1981, 1982
  Ricardo Tormo 125 cc 1982
50 cc 1978, 1981
2   Geoff Davison 250 cc 1922
175 cc 1924
  Alec Bennett 500 cc 1924, 1925
  Charlie Dodson 500 cc 1928, 1929
  Eric Fernihough 175 cc 1931, 1932
  Henry Tyrell-Smith 500 cc 1930
250 cc 1934
  Ewald Kluge 250 cc 1938, 1939
  Georg Meier 500 cc 1938, 1939
  Bob Foster 350 cc 1948, 1950
  Luigi Taveri 125 cc 1961, 1962
  Jim Redman 350 cc 1961, 1965
  Hans Georg Anscheidt 50 cc 1967, 1968
  Jan de Vries 50 cc 1971, 1973
  Barry Sheene 500 cc 1977
125 cc 1971
  Walter Villa 250 cc 1976, 1977
  Pier Paolo Bianchi 125 cc 1977, 1978
  Paolo Pileri 250 cc 1978
125 cc 1975
  Barry Smith 125 cc 1979
50 cc 1969
  Eugenio Lazzarini 125 cc 1983
50 cc 1977
  Stefan Dörflinger 80 cc 1984
50 cc 1980
  Randy Mamola 500 cc 1980, 1986
  Sito Pons 250 cc 1986, 1988
  Hans Spaan 125 cc 1989, 1990

Multiple winners (manufacturers)Edit

# Wins Manufacturer Wins
Category Years won
26   MV Agusta 500 cc 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975
350 cc 1956, 1958
250 cc 1956, 1957, 1960
125 cc 1956, 1959
24   Norton 500 cc 1921, 1924, 1925, 1927, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1947, 1948, 1951
350 cc 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1938, 1947, 1951, 1952
16   Honda 500 cc 1982, 1984, 1985
250 cc 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989
125 cc 1961, 1962, 1989, 1990
50 cc 1964
15   Yamaha 500 cc 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990
250 cc 1963, 1964, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1990
14   Suzuki 500 cc 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981
125 cc 1963, 1971
50 cc 1962, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1971
10   DKW 250 cc 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939
175 cc 1927, 1928, 1930, 1937, 1938
6   Gilera 500 cc 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1957
  Moto Guzzi 350 cc 1953, 1954, 1955, 1957
250 cc 1933, 1947
  Kreidler 50 cc 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1980
  Derbi 125 cc 1970, 1972, 1974, 1988
50 cc 1969, 1972
5   Velocette 350 cc 1936, 1939, 1948, 1949, 1950
  Kawasaki 250 cc 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982
125 cc 1969
4   AJS 500 cc 1926, 1949
350 cc 1926, 1927
  Excelsior 250 cc 1928, 1930
175 cc 1931, 1932
  Morbidelli 250 cc 1978
125 cc 1975, 1977, 1979
3   New Gerrard 250 cc 1925, 1926, 1929
  Rudge 500 cc 1930
350 cc 1930
250 cc 1934
  Bultaco 125 cc 1976
50 cc 1978, 1981
2   Levis 250 cc 1922
175 cc 1924
  PA-Blackburne 350 cc 1924
250 cc 1924
  Rex-Acme 350 cc 1925
250 cc 1923
  Ready-Blackburne 175 cc 1925, 1926
  Sunbeam 500 cc 1928, 1929
  New Imperial 250 cc 1931, 1932
  Benelli 175 cc 1933, 1934
  BMW 500 cc 1938, 1939
  MZ 250 cc 1971
125 cc 1960
  Harley-Davidson 250 cc 1976, 1977
  Minarelli 125 cc 1978, 1980
  Garelli 125 cc 1983, 1985

By yearEdit

A pink background indicates an event that was not part of the Grand Prix motorcycle racing championship.

Year Track 125 cc 250 cc 500 cc Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
1990 Spa-Francorchamps   Hans Spaan Honda   John Kocinski Yamaha   Wayne Rainey Yamaha Report
Year Track 80 cc 125 cc 250 cc 500 cc Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
1989 Spa-Francorchamps   Hans Spaan Honda   Jacques Cornu Honda   Eddie Lawson Yamaha Report
1988 Spa-Francorchamps   Jorge Martínez Derbi   Sito Pons Honda   Wayne Gardner Yamaha Report
1986 Spa-Francorchamps   Domenico Brigaglia Ducados-MBA   Sito Pons Honda   Randy Mamola Yamaha Report
1985 Spa-Francorchamps   Fausto Gresini Garelli   Freddie Spencer Honda   Freddie Spencer Honda Report
1984 Spa-Francorchamps   Stefan Dörflinger Zündapp   Manfred Herweh Real-Rotax   Freddie Spencer Honda Report
Year Track 50 cc 125 cc 250 cc 500 cc Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
1983 Spa-Francorchamps   Eugenio Lazzarini Garelli   Didier de Radiguès Chevallier-Yamaha   Kenny Roberts Yamaha Report
Year Track 50 cc 125 cc 250 cc 350 cc 500 cc Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
1982 Spa-Francorchamps   Ricardo Tormo Sanvenero   Anton Mang Kawasaki   Freddie Spencer Honda Report
1981 Spa-Francorchamps   Ricardo Tormo Bultaco   Anton Mang Kawasaki   Marco Lucchinelli Suzuki Report
1980 Zolder   Stefan Dörflinger Kreidler   Ángel Nieto Minarelli   Anton Mang Kawasaki   Randy Mamola Suzuki Report
1979 Spa-Francorchamps   Henk van Kessel Sparta   Barry Smith Morbidelli   Edi Stöllinger Kawasaki   Dennis Ireland Suzuki Report
1978 Spa-Francorchamps   Ricardo Tormo Bultaco   Pier Paolo Bianchi Minarelli   Paolo Pileri Morbidelli   Wil Hartog Suzuki Report
1977 Spa-Francorchamps   Eugenio Lazzarini Kreidler   Pier Paolo Bianchi Morbidelli   Walter Villa Harley-Davidson   Barry Sheene Suzuki Report
1976 Spa-Francorchamps   Herbert Rittberger Kreidler   Ángel Nieto Bultaco   Walter Villa Harley-Davidson   John Williams Suzuki Report
1975 Spa-Francorchamps   Julien van Zeebroeck Kreidler   Paolo Pileri Morbidelli   Johnny Cecotto Yamaha   Phil Read MV Agusta Report
1974 Spa-Francorchamps   Gerhard Thurow Kreidler   Ángel Nieto Derbi   Kent Andersson Yamaha   Phil Read MV Agusta Report
1973 Spa-Francorchamps   Jan de Vries Kreidler   Jos Schurgers Bridgestone   Teuvo Länsivuori Yamaha   Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta Report
1972 Spa-Francorchamps   Ángel Nieto Derbi   Ángel Nieto Derbi   Jarno Saarinen Yamaha   Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta Report
1971 Spa-Francorchamps   Jan de Vries Suzuki   Barry Sheene Suzuki   Silvio Grassetti MZ   Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta Report
1970 Spa-Francorchamps   Aalt Toersen Jamathi   Ángel Nieto Derbi   Rod Gould Yamaha   Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta Report
1969 Spa-Francorchamps   Barry Smith Derbi   Dave Simmonds Kawasaki   Santiago Herrero Ossa   Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta Report
1968 Spa-Francorchamps   Hans Georg Anscheidt Suzuki   Phil Read Yamaha   Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta Report
1967 Spa-Francorchamps   Hans Georg Anscheidt Suzuki   Bill Ivy Yamaha   Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta Report
1966 Spa-Francorchamps   Mike Hailwood Honda   Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta Report
1965 Spa-Francorchamps   Ernst Degner Suzuki   Jim Redman Honda   Mike Hailwood MV Agusta Report
1964 Spa-Francorchamps   Ralph Bryans Honda   Mike Duff Yamaha   Mike Hailwood MV Agusta Report
1963 Spa-Francorchamps   Isao Morishita Suzuki   Bert Schneider Suzuki   Fumio Ito Yamaha   Mike Hailwood MV Agusta Report
1962 Spa-Francorchamps   Ernst Degner Suzuki   Luigi Taveri Honda   Bob McIntyre Honda   Mike Hailwood MV Agusta Report
Year Track 125 cc 250 cc 350 cc 500 cc Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
1961 Spa-Francorchamps   Luigi Taveri Honda   Jim Redman Honda   Gary Hocking MV Agusta Report
1960 Spa-Francorchamps   Ernst Degner MZ   Carlo Ubbiali MV Agusta   John Surtees MV Agusta Report
1959 Spa-Francorchamps   Carlo Ubbiali MV Agusta   John Surtees MV Agusta Report
1958 Spa-Francorchamps   Alberto Gandossi Ducati   John Surtees MV Agusta   John Surtees MV Agusta Report
1957 Spa-Francorchamps   Tarquinio Provini FB-Mondial   John Hartle MV Agusta   Keith Campbell Moto Guzzi   Libero Liberati Gilera Report
1956 Spa-Francorchamps   Carlo Ubbiali MV Agusta   Carlo Ubbiali MV Agusta   John Surtees MV Agusta   John Surtees MV Agusta Report
1955 Spa-Francorchamps   Bill Lomas Moto Guzzi   Giuseppe Colnago Gilera Report
1954 Spa-Francorchamps   Ken Kavanagh Moto Guzzi   Geoff Duke Gilera Report
1953 Spa-Francorchamps   Fergus Anderson Moto Guzzi   Umberto Masetti Gilera Report
1952 Spa-Francorchamps   Geoff Duke Norton   Umberto Masetti Gilera Report
1951 Spa-Francorchamps   Geoff Duke Norton   Geoff Duke Norton Report
1950 Spa-Francorchamps   Bob Foster Velocette   Umberto Masetti Gilera Report
1949 Spa-Francorchamps   Freddie Frith Velocette   Bill Doran AJS Report
1948 Spa-Francorchamps   Bob Foster Velocette   Johnny Lockett Norton Report
1947 Spa-Francorchamps   Bruno Francisci Moto Guzzi   Ken Bills Norton   Harold Daniell Norton Report
Year Track 175 cc 250 cc 350 cc 500 cc Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
1939 Spa-Francorchamps   Ewald Kluge DKW   Ted Mellors Velocette   Georg Meier BMW Report
1938 Spa-Francorchamps   Léon Neumann DKW   Ewald Kluge DKW   John White Norton   Georg Meier BMW Report
1937 Spa-Francorchamps   Bernhard Petruschke DKW   Walfried Winkler DKW   John White Norton   Jimmie Guthrie Norton Report
1936 Floreffe   Jean Térigi MM   Arthur Geiß DKW   Ted Mellors Velocette   Jimmie Guthrie Norton Report
1935 Spa-Francorchamps   Maurice van Geert Rush-Python   Arthur Geiß DKW   John White Norton   Jimmie Guthrie Norton Report
1934 Spa-Francorchamps   Yvan Goor Benelli   Henry Tyrell-Smith Rudge   Jimmie Simpson Norton   Wal Handley Norton Report
1933 Spa-Francorchamps   Yvan Goor Benelli   Wal Handley Moto Guzzi   Jimmie Guthrie Norton   Tim Hunt Norton Report
1932 Spa-Francorchamps   Eric Fernihough Excelsior   Ted Mellors New Imperial   Jimmie Simpson Norton   Stanley Woods Norton Report
1931 Spa-Francorchamps   Eric Fernihough Excelsior   Ted Mellors New Imperial   Jimmie Guthrie Norton   Stanley Woods Norton Report
1930 Spa-Francorchamps   Yvan Goor DKW   Syd Crabtree Excelsior   Ernie Nott Rudge   Henry Tyrell-Smith Rudge Report
1929 Spa-Francorchamps   Bert Kershaw James   Jock Porter New Gerrard   Wal Handley Motosacoche   Charlie Dodson Sunbeam Report
1928 Spa-Francorchamps   Arthur Geiß DKW   Syd Crabtree Excelsior   J. Treborg La Mondiale-Blackburne   Charlie Dodson Sunbeam Report
1927 Spa-Francorchamps   Arthur Geiß DKW   Syd Crabtree Crabtree-JAP   Jimmie Simpson AJS   Stanley Woods Norton Report
1926 Spa-Francorchamps   René Milhoux Ready-Blackburne   Jock Porter New Gerrard   Frank Longman AJS   Jimmie Simpson AJS Report
1925 Spa-Francorchamps   Norbert Vanneste Ready-Blackburne   Jock Porter New Gerrard   Wal Handley Rex-Acme   Alec Bennett Norton Report
1924 Spa-Francorchamps   Geoff Davison Levis   Bert Taylor PA-Blackburne   Paddy Johnston PA-Blackburne   Alec Bennett Norton Report
1923 Dinant-Feschaux   Wal Handley Rex-Acme   Jean Huynen FN   Freddie Dixon Indian Report
1922 Spa-Francorchamps   Geoff Davison Levis   E. Remington Rush-Blackburne   Gaston Antoine Triumph Report
1921 Spa-Francorchamps   René Kieken Gillet   Hubert Hassall Norton Report

ReferencesEdit

  • "Grand Prix of Belgium" (in French). Racing Memory. Retrieved 2008-04-06.

Coordinates: 50°59′22″N 5°15′25″E / 50.98944°N 5.25694°E / 50.98944; 5.25694

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