Kork Ballington

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Kork Ballington
Nationality South African
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 1976 - 1982
First race 1976 350cc Nations Grand Prix
Last race 1982 500cc San Marino Grand Prix
First win 1976 350cc Spanish Grand Prix
Last win 1980 250cc West German Grand Prix
Team(s) Kawasaki
Championships 250cc - 1978, 1979
350cc - 1978, 1979
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
85 31 46 8 15 802

Hugh Neville "Kork" Ballington (born 10 April 1951 in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia) is a Rhodesian-born South African four-time Grand Prix motorcycle road racing world champion.

Ballington had used his domestic production racing experience as a springboard to gain entry into the British racing scene.[1] He raced an over-the-counter Yamaha twin for several years before taking a well-earned place on the Kawasaki factory racing team alongside Mick Grant and Barry Ditchburn.[1] In the 250 and 350 classes, Ballington swept away the competition on his Kawasakis in 1978 and 1979, capturing consecutive double world championships.[2]

In 1980, he campaigned Kawasaki's new KR500 but developing a new bike proved to be difficult in the premier class. After three years in the 500cc class, he couldn't repeat the success he enjoyed in the smaller classes and retired from competition. Ballington now lives with his family in Brisbane, Australia.

Motorcycle Grand Prix results [2][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
1976 250cc Yamaha FRA
-
NAT
Ret
YUG
-
IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
-
SWE
-
FIN
-
CZE
-
GER
2
ESP
8
15 13th 0
350cc Yamaha FRA
-
NAT
6
YUG
-
IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
-
SWE
-
FIN
-
CZE
-
GER
12
ESP
1
20 12th 1
1977 250cc Yamaha VEN
5
GER
6
NAT
-
ESP
11
FRA
-
YUG
-
NED
-
BEL
6
SWE
-
FIN
3
CZE
4
GBR
1
49 6th 1
350cc Yamaha VEN
-
AUT
-
GER
-
NAT
-
ESP
-
FRA
-
NED
1
SWE
2
FIN
13
CZE
7
GBR
1
46 5th 2
1978 250cc Kawasaki VEN
5
ESP
4
FRA
3
NAT
1
NED
2
BEL
5
SWE
2
FIN
1
GBR
-
GER
1
CZE
1
YUG
3
124 1st 4
350cc Kawasaki VEN
4
AUT
1
FRA
2
NAT
1
NED
1
SWE
2
FIN
1
GBR
1
GER
2
CZE
1
YUG
-
134 1st 6
1979 250cc Kawasaki VEN
2
GER
1
NAT
1
ESP
1
YUG
4
NED
3
BEL
DNS
SWE
5
FIN
1
GBR
1
CZE
1
FRA
1
141 1st 7
350cc Kawasaki VEN
4
AUT
1
GER
4
NAT
-
ESP
1
YUG
1
NED
-
FIN
9
GBR
1
CZE
1
FRA
5
99 1st 5
1980 250cc Kawasaki NAT
-
ESP
1
FRA
1
YUG
-
NED
-
BEL
-
FIN
1
GBR
1
CZE
2
GER
1
87 2nd 5
500cc Kawasaki NAT
NC
ESP
13
FRA
8
NED
-
BEL
-
FIN
5
GBR
7
GER
6
13 12th 0
1981 500cc Kawasaki AUT
6
GER
NC
NAT
-
FRA
7
YUG
-
NED
3
BEL
-
RSM
5
GBR
NC
FIN
3
SWE
4
43 8th 0
1982 500cc Kawasaki ARG
8
AUT
NC
FRA
-
ESP
9
NAT
6
NED
7
BEL
8
YUG
10
GBR
7
SWE
6
RSM
7
GER
-
31 9th 0


Preceded by
Mario Lega
250cc Motorcycle World Champion
1978-1979
Succeeded by
Anton Mang

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Noyes, Dennis; Scott, Michael (1999), Motocourse: 50 Years Of Moto Grand Prix, Hazleton Publishing Ltd, ISBN 1-874557-83-7 
  2. ^ a b "Rider Statistics - Kork Ballington". MotoGP.com. Retrieved 2009-05-30.