John Newbold (14 December 1952 - 15 May 1982) was an English professional Grand Prix motorcycle road racer.[1]

John Newbold
Born(1952-12-14)14 December 1952
Died15 May 1982(1982-05-15) (aged 29)
Coleraine, Northern Ireland
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years1974 - 1980
First race1974 350cc Dutch TT
Last race1980 500cc British Grand Prix
First win1976 500cc Czechoslovakian Grand Prix
Last win1976 500cc Czechoslovakian Grand Prix
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
15 1 2 0 1 72

Newbold was born in Jacksdale, where his parents ran a butchers shop, and was brought up in South Normanton.[2] He began riding motorcycles on grass when he was 15.[2] He progressed from riding at Darley Moor on a bike loaned to him by John Cooper, to performing in front of 50,000 crowds at Silverstone Circuit.[2]

His best season was in 1976 when he finished in fifth place in the 500cc world championship riding a Suzuki motorcycle.[3] Newbold won his only world championship race in 1976 at the 500cc Czechoslovakian Grand Prix.[4] He was a teammate of Barry Sheene and Mick Grant at Suzuki.[2]

Newbold won the 1978 North West 200 race in Northern Ireland.[5] He made his debut at the Isle of Man TT in 1981, finishing fourth and third.[6] Also in 1981, Newbold was the top points scorer for Great Britain in the Transatlantic Trophy competition between British and American riders of the day.[7] Newbold was killed after colliding with Mick Grant at the 1982 North West 200 in Coleraine.[2][8]


  1. ^ "Quick and Quiet". On Two Wheels. London: Orbis. 4 (59): 1173–1174. 1976–1979. ISSN 0309-5584. OCLC 499097539.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Henshaw was 150th victim on Isle of Man". Archived from the original on 15 June 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  3. ^ "John Newbold MotoGP statistics". Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  4. ^ "1976 Czechoslovakian Grand Prix". Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  5. ^ "1970s North West 200 results". Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  6. ^ "John Newbold Isle of Man TT results". Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  7. ^ Stead, Jean (21 April 1981). "Motor Cycling - Britain's Record Haul over America". The Guardian. London. p. 24.
  8. ^ "John Newbold at Motorsport Memorial". Retrieved 6 February 2016.