1965 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

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1965 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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The 1965 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 17th F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix season. The season consisted of thirteen Grand Prix races in six classes: 500cc, 350cc, 250cc, 125cc, 50cc and Sidecars 500cc. It began on 21 March, with United States Grand Prix and ended with Japanese Grand Prix on 24 October.

Season summary[edit]

Mike Hailwood easily claimed his fourth successive 500 class crown for MV Agusta, although he was beginning to show his disenchantment with the autocratic Count Agusta by accepting a 250 class ride from Honda. Newcomer Giacomo Agostini riding for MV Agusta would battle Honda's reigning champion Jim Redman for the 350 title. The outcome wouldn't be decided until the final race of the year in Japan, when Agostini's MV Agusta suffered a mechanical failure, handing the championship to Redman.

The Yamaha duo of Phil Read and Mike Duff finished first and second in the 250 class, as Honda's Redman battled early season injuries. Hugh Anderson won six races to claim his second 125 championship for Suzuki while Honda's Ralph Bryans took the 50cc crown ahead of his Honda team mate Luigi Taveri.

1965 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 21 March United States United States Grand Prix Daytona Speedway West Germany Ernst Degner New Zealand Hugh Anderson United Kingdom Phil Read United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Report
2 25 April West Germany West German Grand Prix Nürburgring Sudschleife Northern Ireland Ralph Bryans New Zealand Hugh Anderson United Kingdom Phil Read Italy Giacomo Agostini United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Switzerland United Kingdom Scheidegger / Robinson Report
3 9 May Spain Spanish Grand Prix Montjuïc circuit New Zealand Hugh Anderson New Zealand Hugh Anderson United Kingdom Phil Read Germany Deubel / Hörner Report
4 15 May France French Grand Prix Rouen-Les-Essarts Northern Ireland Ralph Bryans New Zealand Hugh Anderson United Kingdom Phil Read Switzerland Camathias / Ducret Report
5 14 June United Kingdom Isle of Man TT Snaefell Mountain Switzerland Luigi Taveri United Kingdom Phil Read Rhodesia Jim Redman Rhodesia Jim Redman United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Germany Deubel / Hörner Report
6 26 June Netherlands Dutch TT TT Circuit Assen Northern Ireland Ralph Bryans Canada Mike Duff United Kingdom Phil Read Rhodesia Jim Redman United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Switzerland United Kingdom Scheidegger / Robinson Report
7 4 July Belgium Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps West Germany Ernst Degner Rhodesia Jim Redman United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Switzerland United Kingdom Scheidegger / Robinson Report
8 18 July East Germany East German Grand Prix Sachsenring United Kingdom Frank Perris Rhodesia Jim Redman Rhodesia Jim Redman United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Report
9 25 July Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakian Grand Prix Masaryk Circuit United Kingdom Frank Perris United Kingdom Phil Read Rhodesia Jim Redman United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Report
10 7 August Ulster Ulster Grand Prix Dundrod Circuit West Germany Ernst Degner United Kingdom Phil Read Czechoslovakia Frantisek Stastny Northern Ireland Dick Creith Report
11 22 August Finland Finnish Grand Prix Imatra Circuit New Zealand Hugh Anderson Canada Mike Duff Italy Giacomo Agostini Italy Giacomo Agostini Report
12 5 September Italy Nations Grand Prix Monza New Zealand Hugh Anderson Italy Tarquinio Provini Italy Giacomo Agostini United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Switzerland United Kingdom Scheidegger / Robinson Report
13 24 October Japan Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka Circuit Switzerland Luigi Taveri New Zealand Hugh Anderson United Kingdom Mike Hailwood United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Report

Standings[edit]

Scoring system[edit]

Points were awarded to the top six finishers in each race. Only the best of six races were counted in 50cc, 350cc and 500cc championships, best of seven 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
GER
Germany
MAN
United Kingdom
HOL
Netherlands
BEL
Belgium
DDR
East Germany
CZE
Czech Republic
ULS
Ulster
FIN
Finland
NAC
Italy
Pts
1 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood MV Agusta 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 48 (64)
2 Italy Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta 2 Ret 2 2 2 2 1 2 38 (44)
3 South Africa Paddy Driver Matchless Ret Ret Ret 3 4 3 4 2 2 26
4 United Kingdom Fred Stevens Matchless 5 5 5 5 3 4 15
5 Australia Jack Ahearn Norton Ret 9 5 9 4 3 9
6 Northern Ireland Dick Creith Norton 1 8
7 Australia Jack Findlay Matchless 4 10 11 12 11 9 4 5 8 8
8 United Kingdom Joe Dunphy Norton 2 Ret Ret 6
9 United States Buddy Parriott Norton 2 6
10 Czech Republic Frantisek Stastny Jawa 6 8 3 5
11 United Kingdom Chris Conn Norton Ret 7 7 3 4
12 United Kingdom Derek Minter Norton Ret Ret 3 4
13 Canada Roger Beaumont Norton 3 4
= Canada Mike Duff Matchless 3 4
= Germany Walter Scheimann Norton 3 4
16 South Africa Ian Burne Norton Ret 4 Ret 8 6 10 Ret 10 4
17 United Kingdom John Cooper RD Norton Ret 4 Ret Ret 3
18 Finland Jouko Ryhänen Matchless Ret 4 3
19 Canada Kenneth King Norton 4 3
20 Austria Edy Lenz Norton 5 Ret Ret 9 Ret 7 2
21 Wales Selwyn Griffiths Matchless 5 9 2
22 United States Ed LaBelle Norton 5 2
= Italy Giuseppe Mandolini Moto Guzzi 5 2
24 Switzerland Gyula Marsovszky Matchless Ret 8 Ret 6 Ret 6 2
25 United Kingdom Lewis Young Matchless 7 14 Ret 8 Ret 6 1
26 United Kingdom Dan Shorey Norton Ret 18 6 10 10 7 10 12 1
27 Northern Ireland Billy McCosh Matchless 6 8 1
28 United Kingdom Billie Nelson Norton 6 12 Ret 1
29 United Kingdom Robin Fitton Norton Ret 6 1
30 Canada David Lloyd Norton 6 1
31 Australia Eric Hinton Norton Ret Ret Ret 7 0
32 Czech Republic Gustav Havel Jawa Ret 7 Ret 0
= Australia Malcolm Stanton Norton Ret 7 Ret 0
34 United Kingdom Alan Dugalde Norton 7 0
= United States Fred Simone BMW 7 0
36 Austria Rudi Thalhammer Norton 9 8 9 0
37 Germany Karl Hoppe Matchless 8 0
= United States Al Johnson BMW 8 0
= Germany Hans-Jürgen Melcher Norton 8 0
40 United Kingdom Roy Robinson Norton 14 11 9 0
41 Germany Hans-Otto Butenuth BMW 9 16 0
42 United States Ray Dey Norton 9 0
43 United Kingdom Syd Mizen Matchless Ret 10 Ret 0
44 United States Wester Cooley Norton 10 0
= Finland Hannu Kuparinen Matchless 10 0
= Germany Hans Schmidt BMW 10 0
47 United Kingdom Griff Jenkins Lancefield Norton Ret Ret 11 0
48 United Kingdom Dave Croxford Matchless 11 0
= United States Carl Eshoo Triumph 11 0
= Germany Manfred Gäckle Norton 11 0
= Finland Pentti Lehtelä Norton 11 0
= Northern Ireland Ian McGregor Norton 11 0
53 United Kingdom Derek Lee Matchless Ret 15 16 12 13 0
54 France Philippe Canoui Norton / Matchless 15 12 Ret 0
55 Sweden Bo Granath Matchless Ret Ret 12 Ret 0
56 United Kingdom Stuart Graham Matchless Ret 12 Ret 0
57 Germany Bernhard Bockelmann Norton 12 0
= United States Bruce Carter BSA 12 0
= United Kingdom Ron Wilson Norton 12 0
60 Switzerland Ernst Weiss Norton 14 Ret 13 0
61 United Kingdom Roy Ingram Norton Ret 13 0
= Rhodesia Gordon Keith Norton 13 Ret 0
63 Sweden Billy Andersson AJS 13 0
= Italy Giuseppe Dardanello Norton 13 0
= United States Stan Friduss Norton 13 0
= Northern Ireland Jimmy Jones Norton 13 0
= Germany Siegfried Springenberg Horex 13 0
68 Northern Ireland Davy Crawford Norton 14 0
= Poland Jan Hennek Norton 14 0
= United Kingdom Tony Wilmott Norton 14 0
71 United Kingdom Maurice Hawtorne Norton Ret Ret 15 0
72 Hungary György Kurucz Norton 15 Ret 0
= United Kingdom Alf Shaw Norton Ret 15 0
74 Germany Hans Föhr Matchless 15 0
= United Kingdom John Mawby Norton 15 0
76 Australia Jack Saunders Matchless 31 16 0
77 Northern Ireland John Brown Norton 17 0
= United Kingdom Carl Ward Norton 17 0
79 United Kingdom John Simmonds Norton 19 0
80 New Zealand Robert Haldane Matchless 20 Ret 0
81 United Kingdom Ron Chandler Matchless 21 0
82 Australia Peter Richards Norton 22 0
83 United Kingdom Brian Proctor Norton 23 0
84 Australia Tom Gill Matchless 24 0
85 United States Marvin Wright Norton 25 0
86 United Kingdom Bob Ritchie Norton 26 Ret 0
87 United Kingdom John Rudge Triton 27 0
88 United Kingdom Colin Cross Norton 28 0
89 South Africa Abbey de Kock Norton Ret 29 Ret Ret 0
90 United Kingdom Bill Hawthorne BSA-Norton 30 0
- United Kingdom John Denty Norton Ret Ret Ret 0
- Republic of Ireland John Somers Norton Ret Ret Ret 0
- Germany Hartmut Allner BMW Ret Ret 0
- Sweden Bo Brolin Matchless Ret Ret 0
- Sweden Agne Carlsson Matchless Ret Ret 0
- New Zealand Graham Dickson Norton Ret Ret 0
- United Kingdom Bill Ivy Matchless Ret Ret 0
- Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic Endel Kiisa Vostok Ret Ret 0
- Australia Ron Robinson Norton Ret Ret 0
- United Kingdom Bill Smith Matchless / DKW Ret Ret 0
- United Kingdom Dennis Ainsworth Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Derek Blackmore Norton Ret 0
- United StatesStan Brassey Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Rex Butcher Norton Ret 0
- Germany Heiner Butz Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Louis Carr Norton Ret 0
- Italy Antonio de Simone Norton Ret 0
- Northern Ireland Arnold Dobbs Matchless Ret 0
- United Kingdom Vincent Duckett Matchless Ret 0
- South Africa Bobby Duncan Triumph Ret 0
- United States Dean Dyess Ducati Ret 0
- Germany Klaus Enders Norton Ret 0
- Germany Karl-Heinz Ewing Norton Ret 0
- Italy Franco Farne Ducati Ret 0
- South Africa Ray Flack Norton Ret 0
- Canada Fred Gailey Norton Ret 0
- South Africa Andreas Georgeades Matchless Ret 0
- United States Peter Gould Ducati Ret 0
- United Kingdom Jack Gow Norton Ret 0
- Sweden Sven-Olov Gunnarson Norton Ret 0
- Germany Albert Häring Norton Ret 0
- Canada Oliver Howe Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom John Hudson Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Alan Hunter Norton Ret 0
- Canada Dave Jackson Matchless Ret 0
- Germany Lothar John Norton Ret 0
- Australia David Johnson Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Derek Jones BSA Ret 0
- United States Wilber Lawson Triumph Ret 0
- Canada Ivor Lloyd Norton Ret 0
- United States Gerald MacDonald Paton Ret 0
- Italy Emanuele Maugliani Norton Ret 0
- Canada Stuart Morin Matchless Ret 0
- United Kingdom Albert Moule Norton Ret 0
- Netherlands Bert Oosterhuis Norton Ret 0
- Italy Gianni Perrone Bianchi Ret 0
- United Kingdom John Pinckney Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Laurence Povey Norton Ret 0
- Northern Ireland Robert Reid Norton Ret 0
- New Zealand Bryan Scobie Norton Ret 0
- Germany Horst Seidl Norton Ret 0
- Soviet Union Nikolai Sevostyanov Vostok Ret 0
- South Africa John Smith Norton Ret 0
- South Africa Hans Sommerhalder Matchless Ret 0
- Northern Ireland Brian Taggart Norton Ret 0
- Germany Rolf Thiemig Norton Ret 0
- Italy Franco Trabalzini Gilera Ret 0
- United Kingdom William Walton Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Monty Ward Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Dave Williams MW Norton Ret 0
- United States Anthony Woodman Matchless Ret 0
- United Kingdom Derek Woodman Matchless Ret 0
- Italy Benedetto Zambotti Norton Ret 0
- Germany Manfred Zeller Matchless Ret 0
Pos Rider Bike USA
United States
GER
Germany
MAN
United Kingdom
HOL
Netherlands
BEL
Belgium
DDR
East Germany
CZE
Czech Republic
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 38 4
2 Italy Giacomo Agostini Italy MV Agusta 32 3
3 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood United Kingdom MV Agusta 20 1
4 Rhodesia Bruce Beale Rhodesia Honda 15 0
5 Czechoslovakia Frantisek Stastny Czechoslovakia Jawa 14 1
6 United Kingdom Derek Woodman United Kingdom MZ 14 0
7 Czechoslovakia Gustav Havel Czechoslovakia Jawa 12 0
8 Italy Renzo Pasolini Italy Aermacchi 9 0
9 United Kingdom Phil Read United Kingdom Yamaha 6 0
= Italy Silvio Grassetti Italy Benelli 6 0
11 Czechoslovakia Frantisek Bocek Czechoslovakia Jawa 6 0
12 Italy Gilberto Milani Italy Aermacchi 6 0
13 Soviet Union Nicolaï Sevostianov USSR Vostok 4 0
= Italy Tarquinio Provini Italy Benelli 4 0
= Japan Isamu Kasuya Japan Honda 4 0
16 United Kingdom Chris Conn United Kingdom Norton 3 0
= Sweden Agne Carlsson Sweden AJS 3 0
= Japan Isao Yamashita Japan Honda 3 0
19 United Kingdom Griff Jenkins United Kingdom Norton 3 0
= United Kingdom John Cooper United Kingdom Norton 3 0
21 Soviet Union Endel Kiisa USSR CKEB 2 0
= United Kingdom Lewis Young United Kingdom AJS 2 0
23 United Kingdom Dan Shorey United Kingdom Norton 2 0
24 South Africa Paddy Driver South Africa AJS 1 0
= Australia Eric Hinton Australia Norton 1 0
= United Kingdom Bill Smith United Kingdom Norton 1 0

250cc Standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 United Kingdom Phil Read United Kingdom Yamaha 56 7
2 Canada Mike Duff Canada Yamaha 42 1
3 Rhodesia Jim Redman Rhodesia Honda 34 3
4 East Germany Heinz Rosner East Germany MZ 18 0
5 United Kingdom Derek Woodman United Kingdom MZ 15 0
6 Rhodesia Bruce Beale Rhodesia Honda 14 0
7 Italy Tarquinio Provini Italy Benelli 11 1
8 Spain Ramón Torras Spain Bultaco 10 0
9 United Kingdom Frank Perris United Kingdom Suzuki 9 0
10 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood United Kingdom Honda 8 1
11 Czechoslovakia Frantisek Stastny Czechoslovakia ČZ 8 0
12 Japan Isamu Kasuya Japan Honda 6 0
13 United Kingdom Ralph Bryans United Kingdom Honda 6 0
14 Japan Yoshimi Katayama Japan Suzuki 6 0
15 Italy Giuseppe Visenzi Italy Aermacchi 5 0
16 Italy Silvio Grassetti Italy Morini 4 0
= Australia Barry Smith Australia Bultaco 4 0
= Italy Remo Venturi Italy Benelli 4 0
= United Kingdom Bill Ivy United Kingdom Yamaha 4 0
20 New Zealand Ginger Molloy New Zealand Bultaco 4 0
21 France Jean-Claude Guénard France Bultaco 3 0
= Japan Gosuke Yamashita Japan Honda 3 0
23 West Germany Günter Beer West Germany Honda 3 0
24 Spain José Busquets Spain Montesa 2 0
= Australia Kevin Cass Australia Cotton 2 0
= United Kingdom Rex Avery United Kingdom Bultaco 2 0
= Japan Hiroshi Hasegawa Japan Yamaha 2 0
28 United States John Buckner United States Yamaha 1 0
= Italy Gilberto Milani Italy Aermacchi 1 0
= Italy Alberto Pagani Italy Aermacchi 1 0
= France Alain Barbaroux France Aermacchi 5 0
= United Kingdom Dave Williams United Kingdom FB-Mondial 1 0
= United Kingdom Bob Coulter United Kingdom Bultaco 1 0

125cc Standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 New Zealand Hugh Anderson New Zealand Suzuki 56 7
2 United Kingdom Frank Perris United Kingdom Suzuki 44 2
3 United Kingdom Derek Woodman United Kingdom MZ 28 0
4 West Germany Ernst Degner West Germany Suzuki 23 1
5 Switzerland Luigi Taveri Switzerland Honda 14 0
6 Canada Mike Duff Canada Yamaha 12 1
7 East Germany Klaus Enderlein East Germany MZ 11 0
8 United Kingdom Ralph Bryans United Kingdom Honda 11 0
9 East Germany Joachim Leitert East Germany MZ 10 0
10 United Kingdom Phil Read United Kingdom Yamaha 8 1
11 Japan Yoshimi Katayama Japan Suzuki 6 0
= East Germany Dieter Krumpholz East Germany MZ 6 0
13 United Kingdom Bill Ivy United Kingdom Yamaha 6 0
14 Rhodesia Bruce Beale Rhodesia Honda 6 0
15 Spain Ramón Torras Spain Bultaco 4 0
= East Germany Heinz Rosner East Germany MZ 4 0
17 East Germany Roland Rentzsch East Germany MZ 4 0
18 United States Rick Schell United States Honda 3 0
= Italy Bruno Spaggiari Italy Ducati 3 0
20 Italy Giuseppe Visenzi Italy Honda 3 0
21 United States Jeff Tate United States Honda 2 0
= West Germany Hans-Georg Anscheidt West Germany MZ-Kreidler 2 0
= Japan Yasuhara Yuzawa Japan Honda 2 0
24 United States Bob Gehring United States Bultaco 1 0
= West Germany Walter Scheimann West Germany Honda 1 0
= Switzerland Arthur Fegbli Switzerland Honda 1 0
= East Germany Jürgen Lenk East Germany MZ 1 0
= Czechoslovakia Frantisek Bocek Czechoslovakia ČZ 1 0
= United Kingdom Tommy Robb United Kingdom Bultaco 1 0
= New Zealand Ginger Molloy New Zealand Bultaco 1 0
= Japan Hironori Matsushima Japan Yamaha 1 0

50cc Standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 United Kingdom Ralph Bryans United Kingdom Honda 36 3
2 Switzerland Luigi Taveri Switzerland Honda 32 2
3 New Zealand Hugh Anderson New Zealand Suzuki 32 1
4 Germany Ernst Degner West Germany Suzuki 26 2
5 Japan Mitsuo Itoh Japan Suzuki 16 0
6 Japan Michio Ichino Japan Suzuki 6 0
7 West Germany Hans-Georg Anscheidt West Germany Kreidler 6 0
8 Spain José Busquets Spain Derbi 4 0
9 France Jacques Roca France Derbi 4 0
10 Japan Haruo Koshino Japan Suzuki 3 0
= United Kingdom Charlie Mates United Kingdom Honda 3 0
12 Spain Angel Nieto Spain Derbi 2 0
= United Kingdom Ian Plumridge United Kingdom Derbi 2 0
14 Netherlands Cees van Dongen Netherlands Kreidler 2 0
15 Uruguay Gastón Biscia Uruguay Suzuki 1 0
= Australia Barry Smith Australia Derbi 1 0
= United Kingdom Leslie Griffiths United Kingdom Honda 1 0
= Japan Akira Itoh Japan Honda 1 0

References[edit]