1957 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

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1957 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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The 1957 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the ninth F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix season. The season consisted of six Grand Prix races in five classes: 500cc, 350cc, 250cc, 125cc and Sidecars 500cc. It began on 19 May, with German Grand Prix and ended with Nations Grand Prix in Italy on 1 September.


Season summary[edit]

1957 marked the end of a Golden Era in Grand Prix motorcycle racing. There had been an impressive variety of machinery competing during the 1950s including, works teams from AJS, Norton, Gilera, MV Agusta, Moto Guzzi, and BMW. That's six factories taking part with singles, twins and four-cylinder machines. Include privateer Nortons and Matchless and it made for a colorful competition.[1]

Then the Italian firms dropped a bombshell by announcing they would pull out of racing at the conclusion of the 1957 season, citing escalating costs and dwindling motorcycle sales.[1] MV Agusta initially went along with the pull out before reconsidering.[1] The firm would go on to claim 17 consecutive 500cc crowns.

1957 would also mark a new era in other respects with the banning of the dustbin fairings due to their dangerous instability in crosswinds.[1] Another harbinger of change was the introduction of two-stroke engines in competition. An East German firm named MZ placed respectably in races at the Nürburgring although few people viewed the two-strokes as a threat to the mighty four-strokes.[1]

1957 Grand Prix season calendar[edit]

Round Date Grand Prix Circuit 125cc winner 250cc winner 350cc winner 500cc winner Sidecars 500cc winner Report
1 19 May Germany German Grand Prix Hockenheimring Italy Carlo Ubbiali Italy Carlo Ubbiali Italy Libero Liberati Italy Libero Liberati Germany Hillebrand / Grunwald Report
2 7 June United Kingdom Isle of Man TT Snaefell Mountain Italy Tarquinio Provini United Kingdom Cecil Sandford Scotland Bob McIntyre Scotland Bob McIntyre Germany Hillebrand / Grunwald Report
3 29 June Netherlands Dutch TT TT Circuit Assen Italy Tarquinio Provini Italy Tarquinio Provini Australia Keith Campbell United Kingdom John Surtees Germany Hillebrand / Grunwald Report
4 7 July Belgium Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps Italy Tarquinio Provini United Kingdom John Hartle Australia Keith Campbell Italy Libero Liberati Germany Schneider / Strauß Report
5 10 August Ulster Ulster Grand Prix Dundrod Circuit Switzerland Luigi Taveri United Kingdom Cecil Sandford Australia Keith Campbell Italy Libero Liberati Report
6 1 September Italy Nations Grand Prix Monza Italy Carlo Ubbiali Italy Tarquinio Provini Scotland Bob McIntyre Italy Libero Liberati Italy Milani / Milani Report

Standings[edit]

Scoring system[edit]

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

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

500cc final standings[edit]

Pos Rider Bike GER
Germany
MAN
United Kingdom
HOL
Netherlands
BEL
Belgium
ULS
Ulster
NAC
Italy
Pts
1 Italy Libero Liberati Gilera 1 2 1 1 1 32 (38)
2 Scotland Bob McIntyre Gilera 2 1 Ret 2 20
3 United Kingdom John Surtees MV Agusta Ret 2 1 Ret Ret 4 17
4 United Kingdom Geoff Duke Gilera 3 2 10
5 United Kingdom Jack Brett Norton Ret 4 2 Ret 9
6 Germany Walter Zeller BMW 3 Ret 3 Ret 8
7 Australia Keith Bryen Matchless / Norton / Moto Guzzi 13 6 3 5 7
8 United Kingdom Dickie Dale Moto Guzzi 4 4 6
9 Italy Alfredo Milani Gilera Ret 3 4
10 Australia Bob Brown Gilera 3 4
11 United Kingdom Terry Shepherd MV Agusta 5 Ret 6 6 4
12 United Kingdom Derek Minter Norton 16 9 4 3
13 United Kingdom Geoffrey Tanner Norton 28 4 3
14 Germany Ernst Hiller BMW 6 5 3
15 Northern Ireland Mike O'Rourke Norton 29 10 5 2
16 Australia Keith Campbell Moto Guzzi Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret 2
= Italy Umberto Masetti MV Agusta Ret Ret 5 2
18 Germany Hans-Günter Jäger Norton / BMW 13 Ret 6 13 1
19 United Kingdom Alan Trow Norton 6 1
20 New Zealand John Hempleman Norton Ret 7 Ret 11 0
21 Italy Carlo Bandirola MV Agusta 7 0
= Scotland Alistair King Norton 7 0
= Northern Ireland Bob Matthews Norton 7 0
= Germany Ernst Riedelbauch BMW 7 0
25 Scotland Jimmy Buchan Jr. Norton 9 8 0
26 Australia Roger Barker Norton 10 8 0
27 Austria Gerold Klinger BMW Ret Ret Ret 8 0
28 Germany Eugen Hagenlocher BMW 8 0
= New Zealand Peter Murphy Matchless 8 0
30 Germany Alois Huber BMW 9 11 0
31 United Kingdom John Clark Moto Guzzi Ret Ret Ret 9 0
= United Kingdom John Hartle Norton Ret Ret Ret 9 0
33 Isle of Man Jackie Wood Norton Ret 10 0
34 Italy Giuseppe Cantoni Gilera 10 0
35 Guernsey Ken Tostevin Norton 10 18 11 0
36 United Kingdom Bernard Codd Norton 11 0
= France Jacques Insermini Norton 11 0
38 United Kingdom Denis Christian Matchless Ret 12 0
39 Northern Ireland Austin Carson Norton 12 0
= United Kingdom Frank Fox Norton 12 0
= Italy Francesco Guglieminetti Norton 12 0
= Netherlands Priem Rozenberg BMW 12 0
43 United Kingdom Fred Wallis BSA Ret 13 0
44 Netherlands Kees Koster Norton 13 0
= Italy Nico Tagli Gilera 13 0
46 United Kingdom Ralph Rensen Norton Ret 14 0
47 United Kingdom Peter Davey Norton 14 0
= Netherlands Anton Elbersen Norton 14 0
49 United Kingdom Derek Powell Matchless Ret 15 0
= United Kingdom George Catlin Norton 15 Ret 0
51 United Kingdom Vernon Cottle Norton 16 0
52 United Kingdom Dennis Chapman Norton Ret 17 0
53 Isle of Man George Costain Norton 17 0
54 Australia Dick Thomson Norton / Matchless Ret Ret 18 0
55 United Kingdom John Denton Norton 19 0
= Northern Ireland Jimmy Jones Norton 19 0
57 New Zealand Harry Lowe BSA 27 20 0
58 New Zealand John Anderson Norton 20 Ret Ret 0
59 Scotland Harry Grant BSA Ret 21 0
60 United Kingdom Louis Carr Matchless 21 0
61 Northern Ireland Martin Brosnan Norton 22 0
= South Africa Stan Setaro Norton 22 0
63 Northern Ireland Tommy Holmes BSA 23 0
= United Kingdom Arthur Wheeler Moto Guzzi 23 0
65 United Kingdom Ray Fay Norton 24 0
= Northern Ireland Jimmy Hayes AJS 24 0
67 Northern Ireland Bob Coulter BSA 25 0
= United Kingdom Ken Tully Norton 25 0
69 Republic of Ireland M.S. Hall Norton 26 0
= United Kingdom Ken Willis Norton 26 0
71 Scotland Bill Roberton Norton 30 0
72 United Kingdom Roly Capner Norton 31 0
73 United Kingdom Ernie Barrett Norton 32 0
74 United Kingdom Robert King Norton 33 0
75 United Kingdom Arnold Jones AJS 34 0
76 United Kingdom Basil King Norton 35 0
77 United Kingdom Llewellyn Ranson Norton 36 0
78 United Kingdom Bob Rowbottom Norton 37 0
79 United Kingdom Joe Glazebrook AJS 38 0
- New Zealand Noel McCutcheon Norton Ret Ret Ret 0
- Netherlands Martinus van Son Matchless Ret Ret 0
- United States Andy Aharonian BSA Ret 0
- Sweden Sven Andersson Norton Ret 0
- Netherlands Piet Bakker Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom John Banks Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Bill Beevers Norton Ret 0
- Belgium Raymond Bogaerdt Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Joe Brindley Norton Ret 0
- New Zealand Stan Cameron AJS Ret 0
- Italy Paolo Campanelli Gilera Ret 0
- Italy Fabio Ceredi Moto Guzzi Ret 0
- United Kingdom Dave Chadwick Norton Ret 0
- France Jacques Collot Norton Ret Ret 0
- Italy Giuseppe Colnago Moto Guzzi Ret 0
- United Kingdom Ronald Cousins Norton Ret 0
- France René Deschamps Norton Ret 0
- Northern Ireland Bob Ferguson Matchless Ret 0
- Italy Enrico Galante Norton Ret 0
- Sweden Ulf Gate Norton Ret 0
- Italy Martino Giani Gilera Ret 0
- United Kingdom Walter Hancock BSA Ret 0
- Australia Eric Hinton Norton Ret 0
- Germany Heinz Kauert Matchless Ret 0
- Germany Rudolf Knees BMW Ret 0
- France Guy Ligier Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Robert Lilley Norton Ret 0
- Italy Giuseppe Mantelli Gilera Ret 0
- Germany Kurt Maul Norton Ret 0
- Northern Ireland Robert McCracken Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Bernard Morle Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Albert Moule Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Andrew Mustard BSA Ret 0
- Belgium Pierre Nicholas Norton Ret 0
- Belgium Jules Nies Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Frank Norris Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom George Northwood Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Grenville Pennington BSA Ret 0
- United Kingdom Harry Plews Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Brian Purslow Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Charlie Salt BSA Ret 0
- United Kingdom George Salt Norton Ret 0
- Germany Karl-Heinz Scheifel Matchless Ret 0
- Germany Toni Schmitz Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Brian Setchell Norton Ret 0
- Netherlands Casper Swart Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Percy Tait Norton Ret 0
- Canada Don Tickle Norton Ret 0
- Germany Hermann Vogt Matchless Ret 0
- United States Danny Walker Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Trevor Williams Norton Ret 0
- New Zealand Ian Yeates Norton Ret 0
- Italy Gianvittorio Ziglioli Moto Guzzi Ret 0
Pos Rider Bike GER
Germany
MAN
United Kingdom
HOL
Netherlands
BEL
Belgium
ULS
Ulster
NAC
Italy
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Not classified (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

1957 350cc Roadracing World Championship final standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 Australia Keith Campbell Australia Moto Guzzi 30 3
2 United Kingdom Bob McIntyre United Kingdom Gilera 22 2
3 Italy Libero Liberati 7 Italy Gilera 22 1
4 Australia Keith Bryen Australia Moto Guzzi 12 0
5 United Kingdom John Hartle 8 United Kingdom Norton 11 0
6 Italy Giuseppe Colnago Italy Moto Guzzi 7 0
7 Australia Bob Brown 17 Australia Gilera 6 0
8 Italy Alano Montanari 3 Italy Moto Guzzi 5 0
9 Germany Helmut Hallmeier West Germany NSU 4 0
10 United Kingdom Jack Brett 12 United Kingdom Norton 3 0
10 Italy Umberto Masetti 14 Italy MV Agusta 3 0
10 Italy Alfredo Milani Italy Gilera 3 0
10 United Kingdom John Surtees 4 United Kingdom MV Agusta 3 0

1957 250cc Roadracing World Championship final standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 United Kingdom Cecil Sandford 5 United Kingdom Mondial 26 2
2 Italy Tarquinio Provini Italy Mondial 16 2
3 United Kingdom Sammy Miller 7 United Kingdom Mondial 14 0
4 Italy Roberto Colombo Italy MV Agusta 10 0
5 United Kingdom John Hartle 8 United Kingdom MV Agusta 8 1
5 Italy Carlo Ubbiali 1 Italy MV Agusta 8 1
7 Switzerland Luigi Taveri 2 Switzerland MV Agusta 8 0
8 United Kingdom Dave Chadwick United Kingdom MV Agusta 7 0
9 Italy Enrico Lorenzetti Italy Moto Guzzi 7 0
10 Italy Remo Venturi 6 Italy MV Agusta 6 0

1957 125cc Roadracing World Championship final standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 Italy Tarquinio Provini 4 Italy Mondial 30 3
2 Switzerland Luigi Taveri 3 Switzerland MV Agusta 22 1
3 Italy Carlo Ubbiali 1 Italy MV Agusta 22 2
4 United Kingdom Sammy Miller United Kingdom Mondial 12 0
5 Italy Roberto Colombo Italy MV Agusta 11 0
6 United Kingdom Cecil Sandford United Kingdom Mondial 9 0
7 Italy Remo Venturi Italy MV Agusta 6 0
8 Italy Fortunato Libanori 5 Italy MV Agusta 5 0
9 Czech Republic František Bartoš Czechoslovakia CZ 3 0
9 United Kingdom Dave Chadwick United Kingdom MV Agusta 3 0
9 East Germany Horst Fügner East Germany MZ 3 0

References[edit]

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