1975 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

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1975 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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The 1975 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 27th F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship season.

Season summary[edit]

1975 represented a changing of the guard in Grand Prix motorcycle racing, both for riders as well as machines. Giacomo Agostini would claim his final 500cc World Championship aboard a Yamaha two-stroke machine.[1] This would also mark the first time a two-stroke machine had won the premier division.[1]

Angel Nieto claimed his fourth world title for Kreidler in the 50cc class.[1] In the 125cc division, the Morbidellis of Pileri and Bianchi dominated, finishing first and second in six of the ten events.[1] Despite Michel Rougerie scoring more points, his Harley-Davidson team-mate Walter Villa would take the 250cc title because of the "best of six finishes" rule.[1] A young Venezuelan, Johnny Cecotto claimed the 350cc title, becoming the youngest-ever World Champion at the age of 19.[1]

In the premier division, MV Agusta with Phil Read aboard, refused to go down easily. The Championship was not resolved until the tenth and final round in Czechoslovakia, when Agostini emerged triumphant to claim his fifteenth world title and the first in the class for a two-stroke.[1] Barry Sheene would also serve notice that he was an up and comer with victories at Assen and Sweden. The writing was on the wall for four-stroke machinery as eight of the top ten riders in the points standings were aboard two-stroke machines.[1]

Grands Prix[edit]

Round Race Location 50cc winner 125cc winner 250cc winner 350cc winner 500cc winner Report
1 France French Grand Prix Paul Ricard Sweden Kent Andersson Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Italy Giacomo Agostini Report
2 Spain Spanish Grand Prix Jarama Spain Angel Nieto Italy Paolo Pileri Italy Walter Villa Italy Giacomo Agostini Report
3 Austria Austrian Grand Prix Salzburgring Italy Paolo Pileri Japan Hideo Kanaya Japan Hideo Kanaya Report
4 West Germany German Grand Prix Hockenheimring Spain Angel Nieto Italy Paolo Pileri Italy Walter Villa Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Italy Giacomo Agostini Report
5 Italy Nations Grand Prix Imola Spain Angel Nieto Italy Paolo Pileri Italy Walter Villa Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Italy Giacomo Agostini Report
6 United Kingdom Isle of Man TT Snaefell Mountain United Kingdom Chas Mortimer United Kingdom Charlie Williams United Kingdom Mick Grant Report
7 Netherlands Dutch TT Assen Spain Angel Nieto Italy Paolo Pileri Italy Walter Villa West Germany Dieter Braun United Kingdom Barry Sheene Report
8 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix Spa Belgium Julien van Zeebroeck Italy Paolo Pileri Venezuela Johnny Cecotto United Kingdom Phil Read Report
9 Sweden Swedish Grand Prix Anderstorp Italy Eugenio Lazzarini Italy Paolo Pileri Italy Walter Villa United Kingdom Barry Sheene Report
10 Finland Finnish Grand Prix Imatra Spain Angel Nieto France Michel Rougerie Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Italy Giacomo Agostini Report
11 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakian Grand Prix Brno Sweden Leif Gustafsson France Michel Rougerie Italy Otello Buscherini United Kingdom Phil Read Report
12 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavian Grand Prix Opatija Spain Angel Nieto West Germany Dieter Braun West Germany Dieter Braun Finland Pentti Korhonen Report

Final standings[edit]

500cc standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 Italy Giacomo Agostini 4 Italy Yamaha 84 4
2 United Kingdom Phil Read 1 United Kingdom MV Agusta 76 2
3 Japan Hideo Kanaya Japan Yamaha 45 1
4 Finland Teuvo Länsivuori 3 Finland Suzuki 40 0
5 United Kingdom John Williams United Kingdom Yamaha 32 0
6 United Kingdom Barry Sheene 7 United Kingdom Suzuki 30 2
7 United Kingdom Alex George United Kingdom Yamaha 30 0
8 United Kingdom John Newbold United Kingdom Suzuki 24 0
9 Italy Armando Toracca Italy MV Agusta 24 0
10 Australia Jack Findlay 5 Australia Suzuki 23 0
11 United Kingdom Chas Mortimer United Kingdom Yamaha 23 0
12 Karl Auer Austria Yamaha 17 0
13 Dieter Braun West Germany Yamaha 16 0
14 Mick Grant United Kingdom Kawasaki 15 1
15 Gianfranco Bonera 13
16 Stan Woods 12
17 Horst Lahfeld 11
18 Christian Leon 9
19 Billie Guthrie 8
20 Olivier Chevallier 6
21 Patrick Pons 6
22 Steve Tonkin 6
23 Steve Ellis 6
24 Tierry Tchernine 6
25 Pentti Korhonen 5
26 Pete McKinley 5
27 Geoff Barry 5
28 Thierry Van Der Veken 4
29 Charlie Williams 4
30 Michel Rougerie 4
31 Gerard Choukroun 4
32 Marcel Ankone 4
33 Alan North 4
34 Edmar Ferreira 3
35 Tom Herron 3
36 Tony Rutter 3
37 Francis Holleberg 3
38 Hans Stadelmann 3
39 Johnny Bengtsson 3
40 Hans Braumandl 3
41 Bjorn Hasli 2
42 Helmut Kassner 2
43 Borge W.Nielsen 2
44 Bernard Fau 2
45 Adu Celso 2
46 Seppo Kangasniemi 1
47 Pekka Nurmi 1
48 Kjell Solberg 1
49 Jean-François Baldé 1
50 Anssi Resko 1
51 Peter Van Der Wal 1
52 Rudolph Keller 1
53 Les Kenny 1

350cc standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto 20 Venezuela Yamaha 78 4
2 Italy Giacomo Agostini 1 Italy Yamaha 59 1
3 Finland Pentti Korhonen 7 Finland Yamaha 48 1
4 West Germany Dieter Braun West Germany Yamaha 47 1
5 France Patrick Pons France Yamaha 32 0
6 United Kingdom Chas Mortimer 5 United Kingdom Yamaha 31 0
7 France Gerard Choukroun France Yamaha 28 0
8 Italy Otello Buscherini Italy Yamaha 27 1
9 United Kingdom Tom Herron United Kingdom Yamaha 26 0
10 Japan Hideo Kanaya Japan Yamaha 25 1
11 Víctor Palomo 22
12 Alex George 20
13 Philippe Coulon 16
14 Charlie Williams 15
15 Hans Stadelmann 14
16 Jon Ekerold 13
17 Olivier Chevallier 12
18 Adu Celso 12
19 Karl Auer 12
20 Jean-Louis Guignabodet 8
21 Bruno Kneubühler 8
22 Steve Tonkin 8
23 Christian Huguet 6
24 Rudolf Kunz 6
25 Derek Chatterton 6
26 Billie Guthrie 5
27 Anton Mang 5
28 Jean-François Baldé 5
29 Wil Hartog 5
30 Bill Henderson 5
31 Giovanni Proni 5
32 Marco Lucchinelli 4
33 Mario Lega 4
34 Gerry Mateer 4
35 Max Wiener 4
36 Tony Rutter 3
37 Walter Villa 3
38 Boet van Dulmen 3
39 Tapio Virtanen 3
40 Geoff Barry 3
41 Pete McKinley 3
42 Les Kenny 2
43 Noel Clegg 2
44 Guido Mandracci 2
45 Janos Reisz 2
46 Titer Balaz 1
47 John Dodds 1
48 Martin Sharpe 1
49 John Williams 1
50 Kjell Solberg 1

250cc standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 Italy Walter Villa 1 Italy Aermacchi Harley-Davidson 85 5
2 France Michel Rougerie 9 France Harley-Davidson 76 2
3 West Germany Dieter Braun 2 West Germany Yamaha 56 1
4 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto 19 Venezuela Yamaha 54 2
5 France Patrick Pons 3 France Yamaha 48 0
6 United Kingdom Chas Mortimer United Kingdom Yamaha 46 0
7 Italy Otello Buscherini Italy Yamaha 40 0
8 Sweden Leif Gustafsson Sweden Yamaha 33 0
9 Switzerland Bruno Kneubühler 5 Switzerland Yamaha 22 0
10 Finland Tapio Virtanen Finland Yamaha 20 0
11 Víctor Palomo 18
12 Harald Bartol 18
13 Tom Herron 16
14 John Williams 15
15 Derek Chatterton 12
16 Ikujiro Takai 12
17 Benjamin Grau 10
18 Alex George 9
19 John Dodds 9
20 Pentti Korhonen 9
21 Tony Rutter 8
22 Rolf Minhoff 8
23 Edmar Ferreira 8
24 Paolo Pileri 6
25 Miguel Duhamel 6
26 Mario Lega 5
27 Gerard Choukroun 5
28 Bill Henderson 5
29 Neil Tuxworth 4
30 Olivier Chevallier 3
31 Duilio Agostini 3
32 Helmut Kassner 3
33 Nico Van Der Zanden 3
34 Pete McKinley 3
35 Jean Louis Guignabodet 2
36 Eddie Roberts 2
37 Horst Lahfeld 2
38 Vincenzo Cascino 1
39 Philippe Bouzanne 1
40 Clive Horton 1
41 Jean-François Baldé 1

125cc standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 Italy Paolo Pileri Italy Morbidelli 90 7
2 Italy Pier Paolo Bianchi Italy Morbidelli 72 0
3 Sweden Kent Andersson 1 Sweden Yamaha 67 1
4 Sweden Leif Gustafsson 8 Sweden Yamaha 57 1
5 Italy Eugenio Lazzarini Italy Piovaticci 47 0
6 Switzerland Bruno Kneubühler 2 Switzerland Yamaha 43 0
7 Netherlands Henk van Kessel Netherlands Condor 38 0
8 Austria Harald Bartol 7 Austria Suzuki 21 0
9 Austria Johan Zemzauer Austria Rotax 21 0
10 Italy Pierluigi Conforti Italy Morbidelli 18 0
11 Dieter Braun 15
12 Hans Müller 14
13 Cees van Dongen 9
14 Peter Frohnmeyer 8
15 Jos Schurgers 6
16 Horst Seel 6
17 Maurice Maingret 5
18 Otello Buscherini 5
19 Matti Kinnunen 5
20 Oriol Fernandez 4
21 Gert Bender 4
22 Hans Hallberg 4
23 Matti Salonen 4
24 V.Novella 2
25 R.Cornelis 2
26 Alberto Ieva 2
27 J.Lazo 2
28 J.Svensson 2
29 Tierry Tchernine 2
30 R.Thiele 2
31 Xaver Tschannen 1
32 P.Van Niel 1
33 Ulrich Graf 1
34 Ivan Carlsson 1
35 Zbynek Havrda 1
36 Hans Hummel 1
37 M.Arias 1

50cc standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 Spain Angel Nieto Spain Kreidler 75 6
2 Italy Eugenio Lazzarini Italy Piovaticci 61 1
3 Belgium Julien van Zeebroeck Belgium Kreidler 43 1
4 West Germany Rudolf Kunz 5 West Germany Kreidler 37 0
5 West Germany Herbert Rittberger 2 West Germany Kreidler 31 0
6 Switzerland Stefan Dörflinger 9 Switzerland Kreidler 31 0
7 Netherlands Nico Polane Netherlands Kreidler 28 0
8 West Germany Gerhard Thurow 4 West Germany Kreidler 21 0
9 Austria Hans Hummel Austria Kreidler 20 0
10 Italy Claudio Lusuardi Italy Derbi 16 0
11 Theo Timmer 13
12 Henk Van Kessel 12
13 Aldo Pero 10
14 Ulrich Graf 10
15 Gerrit Strikker 8
16 Cees Van Dongen 8
17 Jan Huberts 5
18 Rolf Blatter 4
19 Ramon Gali 4
20 W.Werner 4
21 J.Alguersari 4
22 Theo Van Geffen 3
23 K.Gotesson 3
24 Jan Bruins 3
25 Robert Laver 3
26 C.Guerrini 2
27 Ingo Emmerich 2
28 Joaquim Gali 1
29 Pierre Audry 1
30 Germano Zanetti 1
31 Günter Schirnhofer 1

References[edit]

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