Alan Shepherd

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Not to be confused with Alan Shepard (disambiguation).
Alan Shepherd
Nationality British
Died 16 July 2007
Kendal, Cumbria
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 1959 - 1964
First race 1959 350cc Isle of Man TT
Last race 1964 250cc Nations Grand Prix
First win 1962 500cc Finnish Grand Prix
Last win 1964 250cc United States Grand Prix
Team(s) MZ
Championships 0
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
35 2 20 N/A 3 141

Alan Shepherd (September 28, 1935 - July 16, 2007) was a British Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. His best seasons were in 1962 and 1963, when he rode a Matchless to finish in second place in the 500cc world championship, both times to Mike Hailwood.[1] Shepherd was a three-time winner of the North West 200 race in Northern Ireland and finished on the podium twice at the Isle of Man TT.[2]

Shepherd was a rider for the East German MZ factory team. In 1964 when a resident of Grange-over-Sands, Lancashire, England, he was allowed to keep his 125 cc single cylinder and 250 cc twin cylinder machines as part of his earnings due to currency difficulties, which he then offered for sale through Motor Cycle, a UK weekly magazine.[3]

Shepherd retired in 1965 after recovering from a head injury suffered in late 1964 when testing a works Honda in preparation for the 1964 Japanese Grand Prix. He told Motor Cycle's David Dixon in June 1965 that – whilst he felt fully recovered – he no longer had the confidence to be a top-runner, and would not ride Hondas unless he could give the best possible performance.[4]

He died peacefully at Summerhill Nursing Home, Kendal, Cumbria in July 2007, with a funeral service at Cartmel Priory followed by cremation at Lancaster.[5]

Motorcycle Grand Prix results[edit]

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6
Points 8 6 4 3 2 1

(key) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Points Rank Wins
1959 350cc AJS FRA
-
/small> NED
-
BEL
-
SWE
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
0 - 0
500cc Matchless FRA
-
IOM
7
GER
-
NED
-
BEL
-
SWE
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
0 - 0
1960 250cc GMS IOM
NC
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
0 - 0
350cc AJS FRA
-
IOM
7
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
0 - 0
500cc Matchless FRA
-
IOM
NC
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
-
ULS
3
NAT
-
4 10th 0
1961 125cc MZ ESP
-
GER
2
FRA
-
IOM
NC
NED
3
BEL
5
DDR
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
SWE
-
ARG
-
12 7th 0
250cc MZ ESP
-
GER
5
FRA
-
IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
-
DDR
5
ULS
5
NAT
-
SWE
-
ARG
-
6 10th 0
350cc Bianchi GER
-
IOM
NC
NED
-
DDR
-
ULS
5
NAT
4
SWE
-
5 10th 0
1962 125cc MZ ESP
-
FRA
-
IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
-
ULS
-
DDR
-
NAT
-
FIN
3
ARG
-
4 13th 0
250cc Aermacchi ESP
-
FRA
-
IOM
NC
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
-
ULS
-
DDR
-
NAT
-
FIN
-
ARG
-
0 - 0
350cc MZ IOM
35
NED
-
ULS
4
DDR
-
NAT
-
FIN
3
7 6th 0
500cc Matchless IOM
NC
NED
4
BEL
2
ULS
2
DDR
2
NAT
-
FIN
1
ARG
-
29 2nd 1
1963 125cc MZ ESP
-
GER
6
FRA
-
IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
-
ULS
-
DDR
2
FIN
3
NAT
-
ARG
-
JPN
-
11 8th 0
250cc MZ ESP
-
GER
5
IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
-
ULS
-
DDR
2
NAT
4
ARG
-
JPN
-
11 6th 0
350cc MZ GER
-
IOM
NC
NED
-
BEL
-
ULS
-
DDR
-
FIN
-
NAT
2
JPN
-
6 6th 0
500cc Matchless IOM
NC
NED
3
BEL
3
ULS
4
DDR
3
FIN
2
NAT
-
ARG
-
21 2nd 0
1964 125cc MZ USA
-
ESP
-
FRA
-
IOM
NC
NED
-
GER
-
DDR
-
ULS
-
FIN
-
NAT
-
JPN
-
0 - 0
250cc MZ USA
1
ESP
-
FRA
-
IOM
2
NED
-
BEL
3
GER
-
DDR
-
ULS
4
NAT
5
JPN
-
23 3rd 1
350cc MZ IOM
NC
NED
-
GER
-
DDR
-
ULS
-
FIN
4
NAT
-
JPN
-
3 13th 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alan Shepherd career statistics at MotoGP.com
  2. ^ Alan Shepherd Isle of Man statistics at IOMTT.com
  3. ^ Motor Cycle 24 September 1964, p.593 Racing Line by David Dixon. "Who wants to buy an MZ? Alan's address is Appledene, Lindale, Grange-over-Sands, Lancashire". Accessed 2014-11-24
  4. ^ Motor Cycle 3 June 1965, p.742 Racing Line by David Dixon. "Alan Shepherd Quits". Accessed 2014-04-07
  5. ^ Obituary archive, originally from Westmorland Gazette, July 2007. Retrieved 2014-04-07