1964 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

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1964 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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The 1964 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 16th F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix season. The season consisted of twelve Grand Prix races in six classes: 500cc, 350cc, 250cc, 125cc, 50cc and Sidecars 500cc. It began on 2 February, with United States Grand Prix and ended with Japanese Grand Prix on 1 November.

Season summary[edit]

Mike Hailwood sprinted to another 500 class win for MV Agusta, winning the first six races of the year and seven races overall. Honda's Jim Redman won all eight 350 class races against only token factory opposition.

The 250 class proved to be more difficult as Yamaha's Phil Read battled Redman all season long, with Read finally coming out on top, winning five races to Redman's three. Luigi Taveri won the 125 title for Honda while Suzuki's Hugh Anderson fought a season-long battle with Honda's Ralph Bryans to retain his 50cc crown.

1964 Grand Prix season calendar[edit]

Round Date Grand Prix Circuit 50cc winner 125cc winner 250cc winner 350cc winner 500cc winner Sidecars 500cc winner Report
1 2 February United States United States Grand Prix Daytona Speedway New Zealand Hugh Anderson New Zealand Hugh Anderson United Kingdom Alan Shepherd United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Report
2 10 May Spain Spanish Grand Prix Montjuïc circuit West Germany Hans-Georg Anscheidt Switzerland Luigi Taveri Italy Tarquinio Provini Switzerland Germany Camathias / Föll Report
3 17 May France French Grand Prix Charade Circuit New Zealand Hugh Anderson Switzerland Luigi Taveri United Kingdom Phil Read Switzerland United Kingdom Scheidegger / Robinson Report
4 12 June United Kingdom Isle of Man TT Snaefell Mountain New Zealand Hugh Anderson Switzerland Luigi Taveri Rhodesia Jim Redman Rhodesia Jim Redman United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Germany Deubel / Hörner Report
5 27 June Netherlands Dutch TT TT Circuit Assen Northern Ireland Ralph Bryans Rhodesia Jim Redman Rhodesia Jim Redman Rhodesia Jim Redman United Kingdom Mike Hailwood United Kingdom Seeley / Rawling Report
6 5 July Belgium Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps Northern Ireland Ralph Bryans Canada Mike Duff United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Germany Deubel / Hörner Report
7 19 July West Germany West German Grand Prix Solitude Northern Ireland Ralph Bryans Rhodesia Jim Redman United Kingdom Phil Read Rhodesia Jim Redman United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Switzerland United Kingdom Scheidegger / Robinson Report
8 26 July East Germany East German Grand Prix Sachsenring New Zealand Hugh Anderson United Kingdom Phil Read Rhodesia Jim Redman United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Report
9 8 August Ulster Ulster Grand Prix Dundrod Circuit New Zealand Hugh Anderson United Kingdom Phil Read Rhodesia Jim Redman United Kingdom Phil Read Report
10 30 August Finland Finnish Grand Prix Imatra Circuit New Zealand Hugh Anderson Switzerland Luigi Taveri Rhodesia Jim Redman Australia Jack Ahearn Report
11 13 September Italy Nations Grand Prix Monza Switzerland Luigi Taveri United Kingdom Phil Read Rhodesia Jim Redman United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Report
12 1 November Japan Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka Circuit Northern Ireland Ralph Bryans West Germany Ernst Degner Rhodesia Jim Redman Rhodesia Jim Redman Report

† Non-championship race.

Standings[edit]

Scoring system[edit]

Points were awarded to the top six finishers in each race. Only the best of five races were counted in 50cc, 350cc and 500cc championships, best of six in 125cc and 250cc championships, while in the Sidecars, only the best of four races were counted.

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

500cc final standings[edit]

Pos Rider Bike USA
United States
MAN
United Kingdom
HOL
Netherlands
BEL
Belgium
GER
Germany
DDR
East Germany
ULS
Ulster
FIN
Finland
NAC
Italy
Pts
1 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood MV Agusta 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 40 (56)
2 Australia Jack Ahearn Norton 14 4 4 2 6 3 1 3 25 (29)
3 United Kingdom Phil Read Matchless / Norton 2 Ret 6 2 3 Ret 1 25
4 Canada Mike Duff Norton / Matchless 4 Ret Ret Ret Ret 2 Ret 2 4 18
5 South Africa Paddy Driver Matchless 5 26 3 3 Ret 3 5 Ret 16
6 United Kingdom Fred Stevens Matchless / Norton 3 5 7 6 Ret 6 Ret 7 8
7 Switzerland Gyula Marsovszky Matchless Ret Ret 4 3 Ret 7
8 Italy Remo Venturi Bianchi 2 DNS 10 6
9 Argentina Benedicto Caldarella Gilera Ret Ret Ret 2 6
10 United Kingdom Derek Minter Norton 2 Ret 6
11 Northern Ireland Dick Creith Norton 2 6
12 Soviet Union Nikolai Sevostianov CKEB 4 4 6
13 United Kingdom Derek Woodman Matchless 4 Ret 6 Ret 5 Ret 7 Ret 6
14 United Kingdom John Hartle Norton 3 4
15 Australia Jack Findlay Matchless Ret 13 Ret 5 Ret 8 Ret 9 5 4
16 United Kingdom Robin Fitton Norton 4 3
17 New Zealand Morry Low Norton Ret Ret 5 2
18 United Kingdom Chris Conn Norton Ret 5 2
19 United Kingdom Griff Jenkins Norton 5 2
20 United Kingdom Lewis Young Matchless 14 Ret 9 16 6 1
21 Germany Walter Scheimann Norton 25 9 Ret Ret 6 1
22 Northern Ireland Billy McCosh Matchless 6 9 1
23 United States Buddy Parriott Norton 6 1
24 Czech Republic Gustav Havel Jawa Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret 0
25 Italy Alberto Pagani Bianchi 7 DNS Ret 0
26 United Kingdom Joe Dunphy Norton Ret 7 0
27 Germany Klaus Enders Norton 7 0
= United States George Rockett BMW 7 0
= United Kingdom Brian Setchell Norton 7 0
30 United Kingdom Dan Shorey Norton 17 8 9 Ret 10 10 0
31 Australia Dennis Fry Norton 35 Ret Ret 8 15 0
32 United Kingdom Vernon Cottle Norton 15 8 Ret Ret 0
33 United Kingdom Syd Mizen Dunstall Norton Ret 8 0
34 United States Ed LaBelle Norton 8 0
= New Zealand Ginger Molloy Norton 8 0
= Finland Jouko Ryhänen Matchless 8 0
= United Kingdom Carl Ward Norton 8 0
38 Sweden Sven-Olaf Gunnarsson Norton Ret Ret Ret 9 Ret 0
39 United Kingdom John Cooper Norton 9 Ret 0
40 United States Brian Davis AJS 9 0
= Italy Vasco Loro Norton 9 0
42 South Africa Andreas Georgeades Matchless 27 10 0
43 United Kingdom Roy Robinson Norton 10 Ret Ret 0
44 Australia Thomas Gill Matchless Ret 10 0
= Germany Karl Recktenwald Norton 10 Ret 0
46 United Kingdom Charles Williams Triumph 10 0
= United Kingdom Derek Lee Matchless 10 0
48 United Kingdom Maurice Hawthorne Norton 12 Ret 11 0
49 Canada Keith King Norton 30 11 14 0
50 Belgium Raymond Bogaerdt Norton 11 Ret 0
= Sweden Bror-Erland Carlsson Matchless 11 Ret 0
52 Czech Republic Frantisek Stastny Jawa 11 DNQ 0
53 United Kingdom Pete Bettison Norton 11 0
= Finland Hannu Kuparinen Matchless 11 0
= United States Paul Whitaker Norton 11 0
56 Netherlands Aart Van Kooij Norton 13 12 DNS Ret 0
57 United Kingdom Trevor Ritchie Norton 20 12 0
58 Germany Ernst Hiller Norton 12 Ret 0
= Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic Endel Kiisa CKEB 12 Ret 0
60 Italy Giuseppe Dardanello Norton 12 0
= Rhodesia Alan Harris Matchless 12 0
= United States Joe Tillman BSA 12 0
= Finland Antero Ventoniemi Norton 12 0
64 Sweden Bo Granath Matchless 15 13 14 Ret 0
65 South Africa Ian Burne Norton 22 13 Ret Ret 0
66 Germany Hans-Otto Butenuth BMW 34 13 0
67 Northern Ireland Jimmy Jones Norton 13 0
= Italy Emanuele Maugliani Gilera 13 0
69 Germany Hartmut Allner BMW 14 0
= Italy Benedetto Zambotti Norton 14 0
71 Italy Pietro Mencaglia Gilera 15 0
= United Kingdom Alf Shaw Norton 15 0
= United Kingdom John Simmonds Norton 15 0
74 Germany Hans-Jürgen Melcher Norton 16 0
= Netherlands Joop Vogelzang Norton 16 0
= United Kingdom Don Watson Norton 16 0
77 Republic of Ireland John Somers Norton Ret 17 0
78 United Kingdom Alan Dugalde Matchless 18 0
79 United Kingdom Stuart Graham Matchless 19 0
80 United Kingdom Billie Nelson Norton 21 0
81 United Kingdom Vincent Duckett Matchless 23 0
82 United Kingdom Jim Evans Norton 24 0
83 United Kingdom Brian Walmsley Matchless 28 0
84 United Kingdom Don Ellis Matchless 29 0
85 United Kingdom Laurence Povey Norton 31 0
86 United Kingdom Jimmy Morton Matchless 32 0
87 United Kingdom Dave Duncan Matchless 33 0
88 United Kingdom Frank Norris F.A.N. 36 0
89 United Kingdom Roly Capner Matchless 37 0
- United Kingdom Alan Hunter Matchless Ret Ret Ret 0
- Switzerland Ernst Weiss Norton Ret Ret Ret 0
- Finland Pentti Lehtelä Norton DNQ Ret Ret 0
- Germany Heiner Butz Norton Ret Ret 0
- Sweden Agne Carlsson Matchless Ret Ret 0
- United Kingdom Roy Ingram Norton Ret Ret 0
- United Kingdom Stephen Murray Matchless Ret Ret 0
- United Kingdom Bill Roberton Norton Ret Ret 0
- Australia Ron Robinson Norton Ret Ret 0
- United States William Sharp BSA Ret Ret 0
- Italy Silvio Grassetti Bianchi DNS Ret 0
- Austria Edy Lenz Norton DNQ Ret 0
- Austria Rudolf Bergsleithner Norton Ret 0
- United States Peter Bosarge Honda Ret 0
- United Kingdom Geoff Bradburn Norton Ret 0
- United States Stan Brassley Norton Ret 0
- Northern Ireland John Brown Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Monty Buxton Norton Ret 0
- Italy Paolo Campanelli Matchless Ret 0
- France Philippe Canoui Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Louis Carr Matchless Ret 0
- United States Wester Cooley Norton Ret 0
- Northern Ireland James Courtney Matchless Ret 0
- United Kingdom Colin Cross Norton Ret 0
- Northern Ireland Nigel Crossett Matchless Ret 0
- United Kingdom Peter Darvill Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Dave Degens Matchless Ret 0
- United Kingdom Brian Dennis Velocette Ret 0
- South Africa Raymond Flack Norton Ret 0
- Germany Ronald Föll Matchless Ret 0
- Germany Manfred Gäckle Matchless Ret 0
- United Kingdom Maurice Gittins Triumph Ret 0
- United Kingdom Tony Godfrey Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Bill Hawthorne BSA Ret 0
- United States Jeff Hoff Honda Ret 0
- Germany Lothar John Norton Ret 0
- Argentina Jorge Kissling Norton Ret 0
- Hungary György Kurucz Norton Ret 0
- Finland Teuvo Laakso Matchless Ret 0
- United States Kurt Leibmann BMW Ret 0
- Sweden Jack Lindh Norton Ret 0
- Germany Lothar Luhr Norton Ret 0
- Northern Ireland Ian McGregor Norton Ret 0
- United States John McLaughlin Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Michael McStay Norton Ret 0
- United States Tony Murphy Honda Ret 0
- United States John Nash Triumph Ret 0
- Italy Alberto Picca Gilera Ret 0
- Republic of Ireland Patrick Plunkett Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Norman Price Norton Ret 0
- Germany Max Raab Bianchi Ret 0
- United Kingdom Johnnie Rae Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Barry Randle Norton Ret 0
- Finland Anssi Resko Matchless Ret 0
- Austria Ladislaus Richter Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom John Rudge Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Gerry Saward Norton Ret 0
- Germany Horst Seidl Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Alan Shepherd Matchless Ret 0
- United States Fred Simone BMW Ret 0
- Northern Ireland George Simpson Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Bill Smith Matchless Ret 0
- South Africa John Smith Norton Ret 0
- United States Tom Stuart BMW Ret 0
- Sweden Hans Sevensson Matchless Ret 0
- Finland Veikko Sulasaari Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom John Wilkinson Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Tony Wilmott Norton Ret 0
- United States Scott Williams Matchless Ret 0
- United Kingdom Dave Williams BSA Ret 0
- United States Anthony Woodman Matchless Ret 0
- Germany Manfred Zeller Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Dennis Ainsworth Norton DNS 0
- Germany Bernhard Bockelmann Norton DNQ 0
- Germany Hans Fohr Matchless DNQ 0
- Germany Hermann Klein Norton DNQ 0
- Germany Karl Peters Norton DNQ 0
- Germany Hans Schmidt BMW DNQ 0
- Germany Rolf Thiemig Norton DNQ 0
Pos Rider Bike USA
United States
MAN
United Kingdom
HOL
Netherlands
BEL
Belgium
GER
Germany
DDR
East Germany
ULS
Ulster
FIN
Finland
NAC
Italy
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 Rhodesia Jim Redman Rhodesia Honda 40 8
2 Rhodesia Bruce Beale Rhodesia Honda 24 0
3 Canada Mike Duff Canada AJS 20 0
4 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood United Kingdom MV Agusta / MZ 12 0
5 Czechoslovakia Gustav Havel Czechoslovakia Jawa 10 0
6 United Kingdom Phil Read United Kingdom AJS 6 0
7 South Africa Paddy Driver South Africa AJS 5 0
8 Italy Remo Venturi Italy Bianchi 4 0
= Soviet Union Endel Kiisa USSR CKEB C364 Vost. 4 0
= Czechoslovakia Stanislav Malina Czechoslovakia CZ 4 0
= Japan Isamu Kasuya Japan Honda 4 0
12 United Kingdom Derek Minter United Kingdom Norton 4 0
13 Italy Gilberto Milani Italy Aermacchi 3 0
= United Kingdom Alan Shepherd United Kingdom MZ 3 0
= Italy Renzo Pasolini Italy Aermacchi 3 0
= Japan Isao Yamashita Japan Honda 3 0
17 United Kingdom Derek Woodman United Kingdom AJS 3 0
= United Kingdom Vernon Cottle United Kingdom AJS 3 0
19 United Kingdom Chris Conn United Kingdom Norton 2 0
= Japan Kuniomi Nagamatsu Japan Honda 2 0
= United Kingdom Fred Stevens United Kingdom AJS 2 0
22 United Kingdom Joe Dunphy United Kingdom Norton 1 0
= Australia Jack Ahearn Australia Norton 1 0

250cc Standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 United Kingdom Phil Read United Kingdom Yamaha 46 5
2 Rhodesia Jim Redman Rhodesia Honda 42 3
3 United Kingdom Alan Shepherd United Kingdom MZ 23 1
4 Canada Mike Duff Canada Yamaha 20 1
5 Italy Tarquinio Provini Italy Benelli 15 1
6 Switzerland Luigi Taveri Switzerland Honda 11 0
7 Japan Isamu Kasuya Japan Honda 10 0
8 Rhodesia Bruce Beale Rhodesia Honda 9 0
9 United Kingdom Tommy Robb United Kingdom Yamaha 7 0
10 United States Ron Grant United States Parilla 6 0
11 Italy Alberto Pagani Italy Paton 6 0
12 Italy Giacomo Agostini Italy Moto Morini 6 0
13 Austria Bert Schneider Austria Suzuki 5 0
14 United States Bob Gehring United States Bultaco 4 0
= United Kingdom Ralph Bryans United Kingdom Honda 4 0
= Japan Hiroshi Hasegawa Japan Yamaha 4 0
17 Italy Gilberto Milani Italy Aermacchi 4 0
18 United States George Rockett United States Ducati 3 0
= Czechoslovakia Stanislav Malina Czechoslovakia CZ 3 0
20 United Kingdom Joe Dunphy United Kingdom Greeves 2 0
= New Zealand Hugh Anderson New Zealand Suzuki 2 0
= Switzerland Ernst Weiss Switzerland Honda 2 0
= United Kingdom Roy Boughey United Kingdom Yamaha 2 0
= United Kingdom Mike Hailwood United Kingdom MZ 2 0
25 United States Douglas Brown United States Ducati 1 0
= Spain Jorge Sirera Spain Montesa 1 0
= France Roger Mailles France Morini 1 0
= United Kingdom Clive Hunt United Kingdom Aermacchi 1 0
= East Germany Wolfgang Gast East Germany MZ 1 0

125cc Standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 Switzerland Luigi Taveri Switzerland Honda 46 5
2 Rhodesia Jim Redman Rhodesia Honda 36 2
3 New Zealand Hugh Anderson New Zealand Suzuki 34 3
4 Austria Bert Schneider Austria Suzuki 22 0
5 United Kingdom Ralph Bryans United Kingdom Honda 21 0
6 West Germany Ernst Degner West Germany Suzuki 12 1
7 United Kingdom Frank Perris United Kingdom Suzuki 10 0
8 Japan Mitsuo Itoh Japan Suzuki 6 0
= United Kingdom Phil Read United Kingdom Yamaha 6 0
10 West Germany Walter Scheimann West Germany Honda 6 0
11 United Kingdom Rex Avery United Kingdom EMC 4 0
= Japan Yoshimi Katayama Japan Suzuki 4 0
13 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise France Bultaco 4 0
14 Japan Isao Morishita Japan Suzuki 3 0
= Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi Japan Honda 3 0
= Czechoslovakia Stanislav Malina Czechoslovakia ČZ 3 0
= East Germany Heinz Rosner East Germany MZ 3 0
= Japan Teisuke Tanaka Japan Suzuki 3 0
19 West Germany Richard Thomas West Germany Honda 2 0
= East Germany Friedhelm Kohlar East Germany MZ 2 0
= East Germany Klaus Enderlein East Germany MZ 2 0
= Japan Irokori Matsushima Japan Yamaha 2 0
23 Rhodesia Bruce Beale Rhodesia Honda 2 0
24 United Kingdom Gary Dickinson United Kingdom Honda 1 0
= United Kingdom Chris Vincent United Kingdom Honda 1 0
= West Germany Roland Föll West Germany Honda 1 0
= West Germany Peter Eser West Germany Honda 1 0
= Spain Ramón Torras Spain Bultaco 1 0
= East Germany Dieter Krumpholz East Germany MZ 1 0
= Japan Akiyasu Motohashi Japan Yamaha 1 0

50cc Standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 New Zealand Hugh Anderson New Zealand Suzuki 38 4
2 United Kingdom Ralph Bryans United Kingdom Honda 30 3
3 West Germany Hans-Georg Anscheidt West Germany Kreidler 29 1
4 Japan Isao Morishita Japan Suzuki 25 0
5 Japan Mitsuo Itoh Japan Suzuki 19 0
6 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise France Kreidler 6 0
7 Switzerland Luigi Taveri Switzerland Honda 5 0
8 Spain José Busquets Spain Derbi 3 0
9 West Germany Rudolf Kunz West Germany Kreidler 3 0
10 Spain Angel Nieto Spain Derbi 2 0
= Netherlands Cees van Dongen Netherlands Kreidler 2 0
= West Germany Peter Eser West Germany Honda 2 0
13 United States Lee Allen United States Ducati 1 0
= Italy Tarquinio Provini Italy Kreidler 1 0
= Japan Naomi Taniguchi Japan Honda 1 0
15 West Germany Albert Beirle West Germany Kreidler 1 0
= United Kingdom Charlie Mates United Kingdom Honda 1 0

References[edit]