Bill Ivy

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Bill Ivy
Bill Ivy 1969.jpg
Bill Ivy at the 1969 Eifelrennen held at the Nürburgring.
Nationality British
Born (1942-08-27)27 August 1942
Maidstone, England
Died 12 July 1969(1969-07-12) (aged 26)
Hohenstein-Ernstthal, East Germany
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 1962 - 1963, 1965 - 1969
First race 1962 Isle of Man 50cc Ultra-Lightweight TT
Last race 1969 350cc East German Grand Prix
First win 1966 125cc Spanish Grand Prix
Last win 1968 125cc Nations Grand Prix
Team(s) Yamaha, Jawa
Championships 125cc - 1967
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
46 21 42 N/A 23

William David Ivy better known as Bill Ivy (27 August 1942–12 July 1969) was a British Grand Prix motorcycle road racer from Maidstone, Kent.

The Early Years[edit]

Ivy started racing motorbikes at Brands Hatch, Kent, UK in 1959.[1] His first race bike was a 50cc Itom.

Itom 50cc racing motorcycle

Entering his first TT race in 1962 on a Chisholm Itom,[2] he later progressed to ride a variety of machinery on UK short circuits including Honda, Bultaco, Yamaha, Norton, Cotton, and Matchless machines. He joined the Tom Kirby racing team in May, 1965.[3]

The Grand Prix Years[edit]

Ivy raced in the Grand Prix motorcycle racing championship towards the end of 1965, where he finished fourth in two 125 cc races and third in a 250 cc race. In 1966, he won his first race as a regular rider for the works Yamaha team in the first race of the year, the Spanish Grand Prix at the Montjuic Park Circuit, Barcelona in Spain,[4] and took three more wins—not enough, however, to beat Swiss rider Luigi Taveri, who beat Ivy to the title by six points.

In 1967, Ivy dominated the 125 cc championship: he won eight out of twelve races to claim the World Championship by 16 points over Phil Read.[5] On top of this, he won two 250 cc races in France and Belgium.

In 1968, Ivy and teammate Phil Read controlled both the 125 and 250 cc championships. In the process Ivy also became the first 125cc rider to lap the famous Isle Of Man TT Mountain Course at over 100 mph. As the season progressed, Yamaha ordered them to win one title each, with Ivy scheduled to win the 250 cc championship and Read the 125 cc championship.[1] After securing the 125 cc title, Read ignored Yamaha's orders to tie with Ivy on points. The tie break was decided on overall race times, and Read took the title. Ivy announced his retirement from motorcycle racing, stating he would race Formula Two cars during the next season.[6]

Death[edit]

Despite showing some impressive results in Formula Two, he was enticed back to motorcycling by an offer from Jawa in 1969 to race their 350 cc motorcycle.[6] The season started promising, as he took two second places behind Giacomo Agostini. However, during practice for the fifth race, on the Sachsenring in East Germany, Ivy was touring back to the paddock with his helmet resting on the tank when his motorcycle's engine seized.[7] He was thrown from the bike, sustained massive head injuries, and died in hospital.

He was brought back to Ditton, near Maidstone, Kent where a service took place at St.Peter's Church, followed by a private service and cremation at Medway Crematorium, in Blue Bell Hill Village, Kent[8]

Grand Prix motorcycle racing results [5][9][edit]

Points system from 1950 to 1968:

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

Points system from 1969 onwards:

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Points 15 12 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Points Rank Wins
1962 50cc Chisholm Itom ESP
-
FRA
-
IOM
25
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
-
ULS
-
DDR
-
NAT
-
FIN
-
ARG
-
0 - 0
1963 50cc Sheene ESP
-
GER
-
FRA
-
IOM
7
NED
-
BEL
-
FIN
-
ARG
-
JPN
-
0 - 0
125cc Bultaco ESP
-
GER
-
FRA
-
IOM
NC
NED
-
BEL
-
ULS
-
DDR
-
FIN
-
NAT
-
ARG
-
JPN
-
0 - 0
1965 125cc Yamaha USA
-
GER
-
ESP
-
FRA
-
IOM
7
NED
4
DDR
-
CZE
-
ULS
-
FIN
-
NAT
-
JPN
4
6 13th 0
250cc Yamaha USA
-
GER
-
ESP
-
FRA
-
IOM
NC
NED
-
BEL
-
DDR
-
CZE
-
ULS
-
FIN
-
NAT
-
JPN
3
4 16th 0
350cc AJS GER
-
IOM
NC
NED
-
DDR
-
CZE
-
ULS
-
FIN
-
NAT
-
JPN
-
0 - 0
500cc Matchless GER
-
IOM
NC
NED
-
BEL
-
DDR
-
CZE
-
ULS
-
FIN
-
NAT
-
JPN
-
0 - 0
1966 125cc Yamaha ESP
1
GER
-
NED
1
DDR
3
CZE
3
FIN
-
ULS
-
IOM
1
NAT
3
JPN
1
40 2nd 4
250cc Yamaha ESP
-
GER
3
FRA
-
NED
-
BEL
6
DDR
-
CZE
-
FIN
-
ULS
-
IOM
NC
NAT
-
JPN
-
5 12th 0
350cc Yamaha GER
-
FRA
-
NED
-
DDR
-
CZE
-
FIN
-
ULS
-
IOM
-
NAT
-
JPN
2
6 11th 0
1967 125cc Yamaha ESP
1
GER
-
FRA
1
IOM
NC
NED
2
BEL
-
DDR
1
CZE
1
FIN
2
ULS
1
NAT
1
CAN
1
JPN
1
56 1st 8
250cc Yamaha ESP
-
GER
-
FRA
1
IOM
NC
NED
2
BEL
1
DDR
2
CZE
2
FIN
2
ULS
3
NAT
2
CAN
-
JPN
6
46 3rd 2
1968 125cc Yamaha GER
-
ESP
-
IOM
2
NED
-
DDR
2
CZE
-
FIN
2
ULS
1
NAT
1
34 2nd 2
250cc Yamaha GER
1
ESP
-
IOM
1
NED
1
BEL
-
DDR
1
CZE
2
FIN
-
ULS
1
NAT
2
46 2nd 5
1969 350cc Jawa ESP
-
GER
2
IOM
-
NED
2
DDR
-
CZE
-
FIN
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
YUG
-
24 10th 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bill Ivy - motorcycle GP rider tribute". ozebook.com. Retrieved 15 November 2006. 
  2. ^ [1] Classic 50 Racing Club Entries List, 1962 TT race Retrieved 2013-06-02
  3. ^ Motor Cycle Britain's Top Circuits Supplement, 1966 Accessed 2013-06-02
  4. ^ Motor Cycling Race report, Accessed 2013-06-18
  5. ^ a b Bill Ivy career statistics at MotoGP.com
  6. ^ a b Bill Ivy at Motorsport Memorial
  7. ^ "The year 1969". Racing Memory (French language). Retrieved 15 November 2006. 
  8. ^ [2] Find A Grave Memorial Retrieved 2013-06-03
  9. ^ Bill Ivy Isle of Man results at iomtt.com