Bill Doran (motorcyclist)

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Bill Doran
Nationality British
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 1949, 19511953
First race 1949 350cc Swiss Grand Prix
Last race 1953 350cc Dutch TT
First win 1949 500cc Belgian Grand Prix
Last win 1951 350cc Dutch TT
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
21 2 8 N/A N/A 75

William Doran (12 November 1916 – 9 September 1973)[1][2] was a Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. He started racing in 1946,[1] finishing in twenty-third position in his first Manx Grand Prix[3] and placed second in the 1948 Senior TT race on private Nortons.[1][4]

He became a works AJS rider from 1949, winning the 1949 Belgian Grand Prix on an AJS Porcupine, until his retirement after suffering a head injury in a serious crash in August 1953 at Rouen.[5]

His best season was in 1951 when he won the Dutch TT and finished the year second to Geoff Duke in the 350cc world championship.[6][7][8] Doran won two Grand Prix races during his career.

Doran had part of the Isle of Man TT course named after him. He was proud because, at the time of dedication, he was the only living recipient with a named section.[5] He crashed during a Thursday evening practice for the 1952 Isle of Man TT riding an AJS motorcycle resulting in a broken leg.[9] The accident occurred on the left-hand bend after Ballig Bridge and was renamed Doran's Bend.

After retirement from racing in 1954 he opened a motorcycle business in Wellington, Shropshire, with former AJS race-chief Matt Wright,[10] selling new motorcycles collected from the Birmingham factories in a pick-up vehicle driven by Doran's wife Peggy, whom he married in 1955.[11] Isetta and Messerschmitt three-wheelers were also collected from Luton airport.[5]

Partner Matt Wright retired in 1967, leaving Doran in the business which he developed into petrol sales, with the later acquisition of two further nearby sites.[1][5]

Motorcycle Grand Prix results[edit]

1949 point system:

Position 1 2 3 4 5 Fastest lap
Points 10 8 7 6 5 1

Points system from 1950 to 1968:

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

5 best results were counted up until 1955.

(key) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Points Rank Wins
1949 350cc AJS IOM
NC
SUI
3
NED
-
BEL
-
ULS
-
7 10th 0
500cc AJS IOM
8
SUI
-
NED
-
BEL
1
ULS
4
NAT
3
23 4th 1
1951 350cc AJS ESP
-
SUI
-
IOM
NC
BEL
5
NED
1
FRA
3
ULS
5
NAT
4
19 2nd 1
500cc AJS ESP
-
SUI
-
IOM
2
BEL
-
NED
-
FRA
2
ULS
6
NAT
6
14 4th 0
1952 500cc AJS SUI
2
IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
ESP
-
6 12th 0
1953 350cc AJS IOM
5
NED
6
BEL
-
GER
-
FRA
-
ULS
-
SUI
-
NAT
-
3 14th 0
500cc AJS IOM
5
NED
6
BEL
-
GER
-
FRA
-
ULS
-
SUI
-
NAT
-
ESP
-
3 13th 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Motor Cycle w/e 15 September 1973, p.33 Accessed and added 15 December 2014
  2. ^ England and Wales death records Retrieved 15 December 2014
  3. ^ Manx Grand Prix database, 1948 Senior results Retrieved 15 December 2014
  4. ^ TT Database, 1946 Senior results Retrieved 15 December 2014
  5. ^ a b c d Shropshire motorbike ace's Isle of Man TT tales Shropshire Star, News 1 September 2012 Retrieved 23 December 2014
  6. ^ Bill Doran career statistics at MotoGP.com
  7. ^ database rider profile iomtt.com
  8. ^ TT database TT results iomtt.com
  9. ^ TT Special 1952 edited by G.S.Davison p.13 dated 13 June 1952
  10. ^ Motor Cycle 13 April 1967 p.470 Adventuring with a Reliant by Harry Louis "In Wellington we had deviated off the through route to call on Matt Wright who, until he started as a motor-cycle dealer with road-racer Bill Doran, was gaffer of the AMC race shop at Woolwich". Accessed 29 April 2015
  11. ^ England and Wales marriage records Retrieved 23 December 2014

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