Carlo Ubbiali

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Carlo Ubbiali
17 Revival MV Agusta Cascina Costa 2010 - 296 - Carlo Ubbiali.jpg
Carlo Ubbiali during Revival MV Agusta Cascina Costa 2010
Nationality Italian
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 1949 - 1960
First race 1949 125cc Swiss Grand Prix
Last race 1960 125cc Nations Grand Prix
First win 1950 125cc Ulster Grand Prix
Last win 1960 125cc Nations Grand Prix
Team(s) Mondial, MV Agusta
Championships 125cc - 1951, 1955, 1956, 1958-1960
250cc- 1956, 1959, 1960
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
71 39 68 N/A 30 403

Carlo Ubbiali (born 22 September 1929) is an Italian nine-time World Champion motorcycle road racer.[1] In the 1950s, he was a dominant force in the smaller classes of Grand Prix motorcycle racing.[2]

Career[edit]

Ubbiali was born in Bergamo, Lombardy. In 1949, the first year of Grand Prix motorcycle racing, he finished in fourth place in the 125cc class riding an MV Agusta.[1] That year, he also won a gold medal in the International Six Days Trial.[2] He switched to Mondial for the 1950 season.

Ubbiali won his first world championship for Mondial in 1951.[1] After losing his crown to Cecil Sandford in 1952, he re-signed with MV Agusta. He went on to become their top rider, winning six 125cc titles and three 250cc crowns and scoring double championships in 1956, 1959 and 1960.[1] Ubbiali was also a five-time winner at the prestigious Isle of Man TT.[3] He rarely put a wheel wrong as evidenced by the fact that he never suffered a serious crash during his 12 year Grand Prix career.[2]

Ubbiali retired at the age of 30 while still in his prime. Until Giacomo Agostini came along, he was considered Italy's greatest motorcycle racer.[2] His nine World Championships tie him with Mike Hailwood and Valentino Rossi for third place on the championship win list behind only Giacomo Agostini and Ángel Nieto. In 2001, the F.I.M. inducted Ubbiali into the MotoGP Hall of Fame.[4]

Motorcycle Grand Prix results[1][3][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

(key) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Points Rank Wins
1949 125cc MV Agusta SUI
4
NED
3
NAT
-
13 4th 0
1950 125cc Mondial NED
-
ULS
1
NAT
2
14 2nd 1
1951 125cc Mondial ESP
2
IOM
2
NED
-
ULS
-
NAT
1
20 1st 1
1952 125cc Mondial IOM
2
NED
2
GER
2
ULS
-
NAT
2
ESP
-
24 2nd 0
1953 125cc MV Agusta IOM
NC
NED
2
GER
1
ULS
-
NAT
3
ESP
-
18 3rd 1
1954 125cc MV Agusta IOM
2
ULS
-
NED
3
GER
3
NAT
3
ESP
-
18 2nd 0
1955 125cc MV Agusta ESP
3
FRA
1
IOM
1
GER
1
NED
1
NAT
1
32 1st 5
250cc MV Agusta IOM
-
GER
-
NED
-
ULS
-
NAT
1
8 7th 1
1956 125cc MV Agusta IOM
1
NED
1
BEL
1
GER
2
ULS
1
NAT
1
32 1st 5
250cc MV Agusta IOM
1
NED
1
BEL
1
GER
1
ULS
-
NAT
1
32 1st 5
1957 125cc MV Agusta GER
1
IOM
2
NED
-
BEL
-
ULS
-
NAT
1
22 3rd 2
250cc MV Agusta GER
1
IOM
NC
NED
-
BEL
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
8 5th 1
1958 125cc MV Agusta IOM
1
NED
1
BEL
5
GER
1
SWE
3
ULS
1
NAT
-
32 1st 4
250cc MV Agusta IOM
2
NED
2
BEL
-
GER
-
SWE
-
ULS
-
NAT
3
16 3rd 0
1959 125cc MV Agusta IOM
5
GER
1
NED
1
BEL
1
SWE
2
ULS
-
NAT
2
30 1st 3
250cc MV Agusta IOM
2
GER
1
NED
2
BEL
-
SWE
2
ULS
-
NAT
1
28 1st 2
1960 125cc MV Agusta IOM
1
NED
1
BEL
3
ULS
1
NAT
1
24 1st 4
250cc MV Agusta IOM
2
NED
1
BEL
1
GER
2
ULS
1
NAT
1
32 1st 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Carlo Ubbiali career statistics". motogp.com. Retrieved 28 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d 50 Years Of Moto Grand Prix (1st edition). Hazelton Publishing Ltd, 1999. ISBN 1-874557-83-7
  3. ^ a b "Carlo Ubbiali Isle of Man TT results". iomtt.com. Retrieved 28 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "MotoGP Legends". motogp.com. Retrieved 28 December 2010. 

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Preceded by
Bruno Ruffo
125cc Motorcycle World Champion
1951
Succeeded by
Cecil Sandford
Preceded by
Rupert Hollaus
125cc Motorcycle World Champion
1955-1956
Succeeded by
Tarquinio Provini
Preceded by
Hermann Paul Müller
250cc Motorcycle World Champion
1956
Succeeded by
Cecil Sandford
Preceded by
Tarquinio Provini
125cc Motorcycle World Champion
1958-1960
Succeeded by
Tom Phillis
Preceded by
Tarquinio Provini
250cc Motorcycle World Champion
1959-1960
Succeeded by
Mike Hailwood