1954 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

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1954 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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The 1954 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the sixth F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix season. The season consisted of nine Grand Prix races in five classes: 500cc, 350cc, 250cc, 125cc and Sidecars 500cc. It began on 30 May, with French Grand Prix and ended with Spanish Grand Prix on 3 October.

1954 Grand Prix season calendar[edit]

Round Date Grand Prix Circuit 125cc winner 250cc winner 350cc winner 500cc winner Sidecars 500cc winner Report
1 30 May France French Grand Prix Reims West Germany Werner Haas France Pierre Monneret France Pierre Monneret Report
2 18 June United Kingdom Isle of Man TT Snaefell Mountain†† Austria Rupert Hollaus West Germany Werner Haas New Zealand Rod Coleman Southern Rhodesia Ray Amm United Kingdom Oliver / Nutt Report
3 26 June Ulster Ulster Grand Prix Dundrod Austria Rupert Hollaus West Germany Werner Haas Southern Rhodesia Ray Amm Southern Rhodesia Ray Amm United Kingdom Oliver / Nutt Report
4 4 July Belgium Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps Australia Ken Kavanagh United Kingdom Geoff Duke United Kingdom Oliver / Nutt Report
5 10 July Netherlands Dutch TT Assen Austria Rupert Hollaus West Germany Werner Haas Scotland Fergus Anderson United Kingdom Geoff Duke Report
6 25 July West Germany German Grand Prix Solitude Austria Rupert Hollaus West Germany Werner Haas Southern Rhodesia Ray Amm United Kingdom Geoff Duke Germany Noll / Cron Report
7 22 August Switzerland Swiss Grand Prix Bremgarten Austria Rupert Hollaus Scotland Fergus Anderson United Kingdom Geoff Duke Germany Noll / Cron Report
8 12 September Italy Nations Grand Prix Monza Italy Guido Sala United Kingdom Arthur Wheeler Scotland Fergus Anderson United Kingdom Geoff Duke Germany Noll / Cron Report
9 3 October Spain Spanish Grand Prix Montjuïc Italy Tarquinio Provini Scotland Fergus Anderson United Kingdom Dickie Dale Report

† The 500 cc race was stopped by bad weather, and the FIM excluded the race from the World Championship.

†† The Sidecars and 125cc races were held on the 10.6-mile (17.364) km long Clypse Course other than the usual 37 mile (62 km) Snaefell mountain course.

Standings[edit]

Scoring system[edit]

Points were awarded to the top six finishers in each race. Only the four best races counted in the Sidecars, 125cc and 250cc, while in the 350cc and 500cc championships, the five best results were counted.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th 
Points 8 6 4 3 2 1

500cc final standings[edit]

Pos Rider Bike FRA
France
MAN
United Kingdom
BEL
Belgium
HOL
Netherlands
GER
Germany
SUI
Switzerland
NAC
Italy
ESP
Spain
Pts
1 United Kingdom Geoff Duke Gilera 12 2 1 1 1 1 1 40 (46)
2 Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Ray Amm Norton 1 Ret Ret 2 2 7 20
3 Australia Ken Kavanagh Moto Guzzi Ret 2 Ret 4 Ret 6 2 16
4 United Kingdom Dickie Dale MV Agusta 7 5 20 4 1 13
5 Republic of Ireland Reg Armstrong Gilera Ret 4 Ret Ret 3 3 5 13
6 France Pierre Monneret Gilera 1 Ret 7 Ret 8
7 Scotland Fergus Anderson Moto Guzzi Ret Ret 2 5 Ret 7 Ret 8
8 Italy Carlo Bandirola MV Agusta 3 Ret 3 Ret 8
9 United Kingdom Jack Brett Norton 3 6 4 11 8
10 Italy Umberto Masetti Gilera 2 6
= Italy Alfredo Milani Gilera 2 6
12 New Zealand Rod Coleman AJS Ret Ret 4 8 5 Ret 5
13 Italy Nello Pagani MV Agusta 7 12 3 4
14 France Jacques Collot Norton 3 4
= Belgium Léon Martin Gilera 3 4
16 Scotland Bob McIntyre AJS 14 4 6 7 Ret 4
17 Switzerland Luigi Taveri Norton / MV Agusta 4 9 10 Ret 3
18 Isle of Wight Tommy Wood Norton 4 3
19 Belgium Auguste Goffin Norton Ret 9 5 2
20 Northern Ireland Bob Matthews Norton 5 13 14 19 10 2
21 Australia Keith Campbell Norton 5 Ret 2
22 South Africa Rudy Allison Norton 5 2
23 United Kingdom Harold Clark Norton Ret 8 6 1
24 United Kingdom Cyril Julian Norton 6 48 14 1
25 New Zealand Peter Murphy Matchless 18 6 Ret 1
26 United Kingdom Derek Farrant AJS Ret Ret 6 1
27 Australia Gordon Laing Norton 6 1
28 Australia Jack Ahearn Norton 9 7 9 12 Ret 0
29 Spain Alfredo Flores Norton Ret 7 0
30 France Pierre Cherrier Norton 7 0
31 New Zealand Leo Simpson Norton / AJS / Matchless 12 Ret Ret 9 8 0
32 United Kingdom Joe Glazebrook Norton 34 8 0
33 United Kingdom Bob Keeler Norton 8 Ret 0
= United Kingdom Bill Lomas MV Agusta Ret 8 0
35 New Zealand Barrie Stormont BSA 8 0
= Netherlands Drikus Veer Gilera 8 0
37 Germany Rudolf Knees BMW / Norton 16 9 0
38 France Roland Gauch AJS 9 0
39 Australia Maurice Quincey Norton 10 Ret 10 10 0
40 United Kingdom Dennis Lashmar BSA 21 10 Ret Ret 0
41 Germany Hans Bartl BMW 10 0
= Germany Bruno Böhrer Horex 10 0
43 Netherlands Piet Knijnenburg BMW 11 11 0
44 United Kingdom Phil Heath AJS / Norton Ret 11 Ret Ret Ret 0
45 United Kingdom Peter Davey Norton 11 Ret 0
46 Switzerland Florian Camathias BMW 11 0
= United Kingdom Barry Haynes BSA 11 0
48 Belgium Raoul Gerrebos Norton 12 13 0
49 Northern Ireland Mike O'Rourke Norton 46 12 0
50 Germany Walter Zeller BMW Ret 13 0
51 Netherlands Piet Bakker Norton 13 0
= Australia Keith Bryen Norton 13 0
53 United Kingdom Tom McCleary Matchless 14 Ret 0
54 Italy Tito Forconi Gilera 14 0
55 Germany Alois Huber Norton 15 0
= Netherlands Lodewijk Simons Matchless 15 0
= United Kingdom John Surtees Norton 15 0
58 Northern Ireland Peter Carter Norton 16 0
59 Netherlands Cees Van Burik Norton 16 0
60 Canada Roy Godwin Norton Ret 17 Ret 0
61 Netherlands Jaap Iesberts Matchless 17 0
= Germany Karl Kronmüller BMW 17 0
63 East Germany Edgar Barth Norton 18 0
= Sweden Evert Carlsson Norton 18 0
65 United Kingdom Bill Beevers Norton 29 19 0
66 United Kingdom Roy Ingram Norton 19 0
67 United Kingdom George Morgan Norton 20 0
= United Kingdom George Salt Matchless 20 0
69 Germany Karl-Julius Holthaus Triumph 21 0
70 United Kingdom Charlie Salt BSA 22 0
71 United Kingdom Bob Rowbottom Norton 23 0
72 United Kingdom Syd Barnett Matchless 24 0
73 Sweden Ulf Gate Norton 25 0
74 United Kingdom Albert Moule Norton 26 0
75 United Kingdom Don Williams Norton 27 0
76 United Kingdom Arthur Wheeler AJS 28 0
77 United Kingdom Roy Walker BSA 30 0
78 Northern Ireland Malcolm Templeton Matchless 31 0
79 United Kingdom Terry Shepherd AJS 32 0
80 United Kingdom Eric Pantlin Norton 33 0
81 United Kingdom Arnold Jones Matchless 35 0
82 United Kingdom Jimmy Lanyon Matchless 36 0
83 Canada Edward Havens AJS 37 0
84 United Kingdom Frank Fox Norton 38 0
85 United Kingdom John Clark Matchless 39 0
86 United Kingdom Harry Pearce Matchless 40 0
87 United Kingdom Roy Smith Velocette 41 0
88 United Kingdom Eric Jones Norton 42 0
89 United Kingdom Ray Fay Norton 43 0
90 United Kingdom Robert King Norton 44 0
91 United Kingdom Cliff Carr AJS 45 0
92 United Kingdom Ken Swallow Matchless 47 0
93 United Kingdom Ken Willis AJS 49 0
94 United Kingdom Louis Gilbert AJS 50 0
95 United Kingdom Ernie Barrett Norton 51 0
96 North Borneo William Cleugh Norton 52 0
97 United Kingdom Ron Rudge Matchless 53 0
Germany Georg Braun Horex Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
United Kingdom John Storr Norton Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
Belgium Firmin Dauwe Norton Ret Ret 0
Dominion of Ceylon Rally Dean Norton Ret Ret 0
United Kingdom Stanley Dibben Norton Ret Ret 0
Morocco Francis Flahaut BMW / Norton Ret Ret 0
Gibraltar John Grace Norton Ret Ret 0
United Kingdom Eric Houseley AJS / Norton Ret Ret 0
Italy Alano Montanari Moto Guzzi Ret Ret 0
Italy Duilio Agostini Moto Guzzi Ret 0
France Jean-Pierre Bayle Norton Ret 0
Italy Dante Bianchi Moto Guzzi Ret 0
Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Cyril Blacker AJS Ret 0
United Kingdom Jack Bottomley Norton Ret 0
Belgium Charles Bruguiere AJS Ret 0
France Georges Burgraff Norton Ret 0
Italy Paolo Campanelli Gilera Ret 0
United Kingdom Roly Capner BSA Ret 0
United Kingdom Louis Carr Matchless Ret 0
Spain Antonio Creus Norton Ret 0
United Kingdom Les Dear Norton Ret 0
Switzerland René del Torchio Matchless Ret 0
United Kingdom Brian Duffy Norton Ret 0
Netherlands Anton Elbersen Matchless Ret 0
United Kingdom Roy Evans Matchless Ret 0
Italy Lodovico Facchinelli Gilera Ret 0
Italy Dino Fagiolini Moto Guzzi Ret 0
United Kingdom Arthur Fenn Norton Ret 0
United Kingdom John Fisher Matchless Ret 0
United Kingdom Robin Fitton Velocette Ret 0
United Kingdom Ted Frend Norton Ret 0
Italy Enrico Galante Norton Ret 0
Spain Francisco González Clua Ret 0
Italy Francis Guglielminetti Norton Ret 0
Switzerland Hans Haldemann Norton Ret 0
United Kingdom William Hall Norton Ret 0
United Kingdom Edward Hunt Norton Ret 0
Germany Peter Knees BMW Ret 0
United Kingdom Arthur Lavington Velocette Ret 0
United Kingdom George Leigh Norton Ret 0
Italy Libero Liberati Gilera Ret 0
Italy Enrico Lorenzetti Moto Guzzi Ret 0
United Kingdom Frank Norris FAN Ret 0
Netherlands Gerard Poel Matchless Ret 0
United Kingdom Brian Purslow BSA Ret 0
Germany Ernst Riedelbauch Norton Ret 0
Italy Antonio Ronchei Norton Ret 0
United Kingdom Simon Sandys-Winsch Velocette Ret 0
Germany Roland Schnell Horex Ret 0
Italy Otello Spadoni Gilera Ret 0
Germany Heinrich Thorn-Prikker Moto Guzzi Ret 0
United Kingdom Ken Tostevin Matchless Ret 0
United Kingdom Dave Tutty Norton Ret 0
Austria Helmut Volzwinkler Matchless Ret 0
Germany Gerrit Von Woedkte Norton Ret 0
Canada Ivor Wagar Norton Ret 0
Germany Robert Zeller BMW Ret 0
Pos Pilot Moto FRA
France
MAN
United Kingdom
BEL
Belgium
HOL
Netherlands
GER
Germany
SUI
Switzerland
NAC
Italy
ESP
Spain
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (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
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

350cc Standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 United Kingdom Fergus Anderson United Kingdom Moto Guzzi 38 4
2 Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Ray Amm Rhodesia Norton 22 2
3 New Zealand Rod Coleman 33 New Zealand AJS 20 1
4 Australia Ken Kavanagh Australia Moto Guzzi 18 1
5 Italy Enrico Lorenzetti Italy Moto Guzzi 15 0
6 United Kingdom Jack Brett United Kingdom Norton 14 0
7 Italy Duilio Agostini Italy Moto Guzzi 9 0
8 United Kingdom Bob McIntyre United Kingdom AJS 9 0
9 New Zealand Leo Simpson New Zealand AJS 9 0
10 France Pierre Monneret France AJS 8 1
11 Belgium Auguste Goffin Belgium Norton 7 0
12 United Kingdom Derek Farrant United Kingdom AJS 6 0
13 United Kingdom Bob Matthews United Kingdom Velocette 6 0
14 Gibraltar Johnny Grace Gibraltar Norton 4 0
= West Germany Sigfried Wünsche Germany DKW 4 0
= United Kingdom Bob Keeler United Kingdom Norton 4 0
17 West Germany Georg Braun Germany NSU 4 0
= Australia Maurice Quincey Australia Norton 4 0
19 France Jacques Collot France Norton 3 0
= Australia Gordon Laing Australia Norton 3 0
21 West Germany Karl Hoffmann Germany DKW 2 0
= United Kingdom Peter Davey United Kingdom Norton 2 0
= New Zealand Barry Stormont New Zealand BSA 2 0
24 Italy Alano Montanari Italy Moto Guzzi 1 0
= United Kingdom John Clark United Kingdom AJS 1 0
= Belgium Firmin Dauwe Belgium Norton 1 0

250cc Standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 West Germany Werner Haas Germany NSU 32 5
2 Austria Rupert Hollaus Austria NSU 26 1
3 West Germany Hermann Paul Müller Germany NSU 17 0
4 United Kingdom Arthur Wheeler United Kingdom Moto Guzzi 15 1
5 West Germany Hans Baltisberger Germany NSU 14 0
6 West Germany Georg Braun Germany NSU 6 0
= Italy Romolo Ferri Italy Moto Guzzi 6 0
8 Italy Roberto Colombo Italy Moto Guzzi 5 0
9 United Kingdom Reg Armstrong United Kingdom NSU 4 0
= West Germany Helmut Hallmeier Germany Adler 4 0
= West Germany Kurt Knopf Germany NSU 4 0
12 United Kingdom Tommy Wood United Kingdom Moto Guzzi 4 0
13 Australia Ken Kavanagh Australia Moto Guzzi 3 0
= Switzerland Luigi Taveri Switzerland Moto Guzzi 3 0
15 United Kingdom Fergus Anderson United Kingdom Moto Guzzi 2 0
= West Germany Walter Reichert Germany NSU 2 0
= United Kingdom JG Horne United Kingdom Rudge 2 0
18 West Germany Walter Vogel Germany Adler 2 0
19 Italy Lanfranco Baviera Italy Moto Guzzi 1 0
= United Kingdom Bob Geeson United Kingdom REG 1 0
= Italy Angelo Marelli Italy Moto Guzzi 1 0

125cc Standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 Austria Rupert Hollaus Austria NSU 32 4
2 Italy Carlo Ubbiali Italy MV Agusta 18 0
3 West Germany Hermann Paul Müller Germany NSU 15 0
4 Italy Tarquinio Provini Italy Mondial 14 1
5 West Germany Werner Haas Germany NSU 11 0
6 West Germany Hans Baltisberger Germany NSU 10 0
7 Italy Guido Sala Italy MV Agusta 8 1
8 United Kingdom Cecil Sandford United Kingdom MV Agusta 8 0
9 Italy Roberto Colombo Italy MV Agusta 6 0
10 Spain José Antonio Elizalde Spain Montesa 4 0
11 Spain Juan Bertrand Spain Montesa 3 0
= Italy Massimo Genevini Italy MV Agusta 3 0
13 Italy Franco Bertoni Italy MV Agusta 2 0
= Spain Arturo Paragues Spain Lube 2 0
= United Kingdom Ivor Lloyd Canada MV Agusta 2 0
16 West Germany Karl Lottes Germany MV Agusta 2 0
17 Italy Angelo Copeta Italy MV Agusta 1 0
= Spain Gabriel Corsin Spain MV Agusta 1 0
= United Kingdom Brian Purslow United Kingdom MV Agusta 1 0
= West Germany Willi Scheidhauer Germany MV Agusta 1 0


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