Simon Buckmaster (born 15 January 1961) is a British former professional Grand Prix motorcycle racer.[1] He participated in 50 Grands Prix races between 1984 and 1992. His best season was in 1989 when he finished 12th in the Championship.

Simon Buckmaster
NationalityBritish
Born (1961-01-15) 15 January 1961 (age 59)
Motorcycle racing career statistics
500cc World Championship
Active years19841989, 19911992
ManufacturersSuzuki, Honda, Harris Yamaha
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
62 0 1 0 0 49.5
Superbike World Championship
Active years1990
ManufacturersHonda, Kawasaki
Championships0
1990 championship positionNC (0 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
4 0 0 0 0 0

CareerEdit

Buckmaster made his first Grand Prix appearance at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 1983, but failed to qualify. He returned in 1984 and successfully qualified for the race.[2] Buckmaster became a Grand Prix regular in 1985. Riding a privateer Suzuki he made five starts but scored no championship points. In 1986 Buckmaster switched to Honda and competed in all of the races. His best finish was 15th place at the Dutch TT. Buckmaster continued to ride a Honda in 1987 season, starting in 12 races but failing to score any points.

Buckmaster had a career-best season in 1989 when he finished 12th in the Championship. He had a career-best race at the Nations Grand Prix at Misano which most of the top riders boycotted for safety reasons, allowing Buckmaster to score his highest finish with a second behind Pierfrancesco Chili.[3] Buckmaster competed at the highest level of Grand Prix racing until 1992.

He was severely injured at the 1993 Bol d'Or when he collided with rider Michel Graziano. The crash ended Buckmaster's racing career as his lower left leg had to be amputated.[4]

After his riding career, Buckmaster became a team manager, currently with the PTR Honda team in the Supersport World Championship.[5][6]

Career statisticsEdit

Grand Prix motorcycle racingEdit

Races by yearEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Pos. Pts
1983 500cc Suzuki RSA FRA NAT GER SPA AUT YUG NED BEL GBR
DNQ
SWE RSM NC 0
1984 500cc Suzuki RSA NAT SPA AUT GER FRA YUG NED BEL GBR
22
SWE RSM NC 0
1985 500cc Honda RSA SPA
17
GER
Ret
NAT AUT
27
YUG NED
DNQ
BEL FRA
17
GBR
26
SWE
17
RSM NC 0
1986 500cc Honda SPA
17
NAT
Ret
GER
18
AUT
19
YUG
DNS
NED
15
BEL
Ret
FRA
17
GBR
Ret
SWE
18
RSM
Ret
NC 0
1987 500cc Honda JPN
13
SPA
15
GER
20
NAT
DNS
AUT
17
YUG
16
NED
12
FRA
13
GBR
Ret
SWE
17
CZE
17
RSM
18
POR
14
BRA ARG NC 0
1988 500cc Honda JPN USA SPA EXP NAT GER AUT NED BEL YUG FRA GBR
23
SWE
23
CZE
Ret
BRA NC 0
1989 500cc Honda JPN
Ret
AUS
12
USA
13
SPA
13
NAT
2
GER
14
AUT
13
YUG
14
NED
19
BEL
15
FRA
14
GBR
15
SWE
12
CZE
21
BRA
14
12th 43.5
1991 500cc Suzuki JPN AUS USA SPA ITA
14
GER
14
AUT EUR
Ret
NED
Ret
FRA
DNQ
GBR RSM CZE
15
VDM
15
MAL 22nd 6
1992 500cc Harris-Yamaha JPN
DNQ
AUS
21
MAL
Ret
SPA
Ret
ITA
20
EUR
Ret
GER
17
NED
14
HUN
DNS
FRA GBR BRA
Ret
RSA
Ret
NC 0

Superbike World ChampionshipEdit

Races by yearEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pos. Pts
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
1990 Honda SPA SPA GBR GBR HUN HUN GER GER CAN CAN USA USA AUT AUT JPN
Ret
JPN
26
FRA FRA ITA ITA NC 0
Kawasaki MAL
17
MAL
19
AUS AUS NZL NZL
1991 Honda GBR
DNQ
GBR
DNQ
SPA SPA CAN CAN USA USA AUT AUT SMR SMR SWE SWE JPN JPN MAL MAL GER GER FRA FRA ITA ITA AUS AUS NC 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rider Profile - Simon Buckmaster". wsb-archives.co.uk. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  2. ^ "BRITISH GRAND PRIX - 500cc Classifica gara 1984". motogp.com. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  3. ^ "1989 Grand Prix season". Archived from the original on 25 July 2015. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  4. ^ "WSB latest happenings and more sad news..." groups.google.com. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  5. ^ Cluzel returns to PTR Honda for 2017 Motorcycle News, 12 November 2016. Retrieved 16 September 2017
  6. ^ Performance Technical Racing Retrieved 17 September 2017

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