Kim Newcombe

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Kim Newcombe
Nationality New Zealand
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 1972 - 1973
First race 1972 500cc West German Grand Prix
Last race 1973 500cc Finnish Grand Prix
First win 1973 500cc Yugoslavian Grand Prix
Last win 1973 500cc Yugoslavian Grand Prix
Team(s) König
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
11 1 6 0 1 90

Kim Newcombe (2 January 1944 – 14 August 1973), was a Grand Prix motorcycle road racer from New Zealand.

Biography[edit]

Born in Nelson, Newcombe grew up in Auckland, then moved to Australia (first Brisbane, then Melbourne) in 1963, and subsequently moved to Europe in 1968. He competed in the 500cc Grand Prix World Championship finishing second to Phil Read in the 1973 season.[1]

Along with fellow racer, John Dodds, he developed a motorcycle using a two-stroke outboard motor designed by Dieter König. He and the König were the first to challenge the dominance of the MV Agustas after the departure of Honda from Grand Prix competition at the end of the 1967 season. In contrast to his main competitors, Newcombe was credited with the distinction of developing, building, maintaining, and riding the König machine in competition.

On 11 August 1973, Newcombe was seriously injured at a non-championship event at Silverstone at Stowe Corner. After taking his customary walk of the track prior to the event, Newcombe had requested that hay bales be positioned on the outside of Stowe Corner before the race but race officials refused, stating they were "not required". In the race itself, Newcombe slid off the circuit at that very corner, and collided with the concrete barrier. He died from his severe head injuries three days later.[2] He was survived by his wife Janeen who was supporting him on tour, and their son Mark (aged four at the time).

Newcombe's story was the subject of the award winning 2006 documentary Love, Speed and Loss directed by Justin Pemberton.[3]

Grand Prix motorcycle racing results[1][edit]

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
1972 500cc König GER
3
FRA
10
AUT
-
NAT
-
IOM
-
YUG
-
NED
-
BEL
-
DDR
3
CZE
-
SWE
5
FIN
-
ESP
-
27 10th 0
1973 500cc König FRA
5
AUT
3
GER
-
IOM
-
YUG
1
NED
2
BEL
4
CZE
-
SWE
3
FIN
4
ESP
-
63 2nd 1

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

Kim: The Kiwi on the König, by Tim Hanna, Fine Line Publications, November 2010, ISBN 978-0-473-17746-1, ISBN 0-473-17746-3

External links[edit]