1950 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

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1950 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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The 1950 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the second F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix season. The season consisted of six Grand Prix races in five classes: 500cc, 350cc, 250cc, 125cc and Sidecars 600cc. It began on 10 June, with Isle of Man TT and ended with Nations Grand Prix on 10 September.

1950 Grand Prix season calendar[edit]

Round Date Grand Prix Circuit 125cc winner 250cc winner 350cc winner 500cc winner Sidecars 600cc winner Report
1 10 June United Kingdom Isle of Man TT Snaefell Mountain Italy Dario Ambrosini Northern Ireland Artie Bell United Kingdom Geoff Duke Report
2 2 July Belgium Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps United Kingdom Bob Foster Italy Umberto Masetti United Kingdom Italy Oliver / Dobelli Report
3 8 July Netherlands Dutch TT Assen Italy Bruno Ruffo United Kingdom Bob Foster Italy Umberto Masetti Report
4 23 July Switzerland Swiss Grand Prix Geneva Italy Dario Ambrosini United Kingdom Leslie Graham United Kingdom Leslie Graham United Kingdom Italy Oliver / Dobelli Report
5 18 August Ulster Ulster Grand Prix Clady Italy Carlo Ubbiali United Kingdom Maurice Cann United Kingdom Bob Foster United Kingdom Geoff Duke Report
6 10 September Italy Nations Grand Prix Monza Italy Gianni Leoni Italy Dario Ambrosini United Kingdom Geoff Duke United Kingdom Geoff Duke United Kingdom Italy Oliver / Dobelli Report

Standings[edit]

Scoring system[edit]

Points were awarded to the top six finishers in each race. All rounds counted towards the championship in the 125cc and Sidecars, the best three races counted in the 250cc, while in the 350cc and 500cc championships, only the best four results counted.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th 
Points 8 6 4 3 2 1

500cc final standings[1][2][edit]

Pos Rider Bike MAN
United Kingdom
BEL
Belgium
HOL
Netherlands
SUI
Switzerland
ULS
Ulster
NAC
Italy
Pts
1 Italy Umberto Masetti Gilera 1 1 2 6 2 28 (29)
2 United Kingdom Geoff Duke Norton 1 Ret Ret 4 1 1 27
3 United Kingdom Leslie Graham AJS Porcupine 4 Ret Ret 1 2 7 17
4 Italy Nello Pagani Gilera 2 2 10 7 Ret 12
5 Italy Carlo Bandirola Gilera 4 4 3 Ret 5 12
6 United Kingdom Johnny Lockett Norton 3 Ret Ret 6 3 8 9
7 Northern Ireland Artie Bell Norton 2 Ret 6
8 Italy Arciso Artesiani MV Agusta 5 Ret 12 3 6
9 Australia Harry Hinton Norton 10 6 3 Ret DNS 5
10 United Kingdom Ted Frend AJS 15 3 Ret Ret Ret 11 4
11 United Kingdom Dickie Dale Norton 7 9 Ret 4 6 4
12 United Kingdom Harold Daniell Norton 5 Ret Ret 5 DNS 10 4
13 Italy Alberto Milani Gilera Ret 4 3
14 Australia Eric McPherson AJS / Norton 14 Ret 5 2
15 United Kingdom Jock West AJS 5 2
16 New Zealand Syd Jensen Triumph / AJS Ret 12 6 Ret 1
17 Republic of Ireland Reg Armstrong Velocette 6 8 Ret 1
18 United Kingdom Phil Heath Norton 34 13 7 Ret 8 0
19 United Kingdom Bob Foster Moto Guzzi / AJS / Velocette Ret 7 Ret Ret 15 0
20 Switzerland Georges Cordey Norton / Velocette 7 Ret 0
21 United Kingdom Ken Armstrong MV Agusta / Velocette 9 8 0
22 United Kingdom Albert Moule Norton 17 Ret 8 11 Ret 0
23 Northern Ireland Cromie McCandless Norton 8 0
24 United Kingdom Jack Brett Norton 9 11 0
25 France Georges Houel Gilera Ret 9 0
= Northern Ireland Harry Turner Norton Ret 9 0
26 Italy Giuseppe Colnago Gilera 9 0
27 New Zealand Jim Swarbrick Norton 18 11 10 15 0
28 Italy Felice Benasedo Moto Guzzi 10 Ret Ret 0
29 United Kingdom Ernie Barrett Norton Ret 10 0
30 Australia George Morrison Norton 11 Ret DNS 0
31 United Kingdom Jim Kentish Norton Ret 11 0
= Netherlands Louis van Rijswijk Triumph Ret 11 0
33 United Kingdom Arthur Wheeler Norton 26 14 12 DNS 0
34 United Kingdom Freddie Fairbairn Vincent Grey Flash 51 12 0
35 United Kingdom Ken Bills Vincent Grey Flash 12 0
= Italy Guido Leoni MV Agusta 12 0
37 United Kingdom Ernie Braine Norton 46 Ret 14 13 0
38 Belgium Albert Vertriest Triumph 16 13 0
39 Switzerland Benoit Musy Moto Guzzi 13 18 0
40 Isle of Man Tommy McEwans Triumph 13 0
= Italy Armando Miele Gilera 13 0
42 Italy Dante Bianchi Moto Guzzi 14 0
= Switzerland Hans Haldemann Norton 14 0
44 Belgium Auguste Goffin Norton 15 17 0
45 United Kingdom Sidney Mason Norton Ret 15 0
46 Sweden Evert Carlsson Norton 19 16 0
47 United Kingdom Roy Evans Norton 16 0
= France Georges Monneret Norton 16 0
49 United Kingdom Ernie Thomas Triumph Ret 17 Ret Ret 0
50 Belgium Jaak Delsing Triumph 17 0
51 Finland Väinö Hollming Norton / Velocette 18 Ret Ret Ret 0
52 Italy Adelmo Mandolini Moto Guzzi 19 0
= United Kingdom David Withworth Triumph 19 0
54 United Kingdom Sid Lawton AJS / Rudge 20 DNS 0
55 Italy Lodovico Facchinelli Moto Guzzi 20 0
56 Italy Dario Basso Gilera 21 0
= United Kingdom Ashley Len Parry Norton 21 0
58 Italy Libero Liberati Moto Guzzi 22 0
= United Kingdom Stan Miller Norton 22 0
60 United Kingdom Bill Beevers Norton 23 0
61 United Kingdom John Simister Triumph 24 0
62 United Kingdom Vic Willoughby Norton 25 Ret Ret 0
63 United Kingdom Les Archer Norton 27 0
64 United Kingdom Charlie Brett Velocette 28 0
65 United Kingdom Guy Newman Norton 29 0
66 Northern Ireland Charlie Gray AJS 30 0
67 Scotland George Paterson AJS 31 0
68 United Kingdom Roy Walker Norton 32 0
69 United Kingdom Jack Varlow Norton 33 0
70 United Kingdom Jack Harding Norton 35 Ret 0
71 United Kingdom Syd Barnett AJS 36 0
72 United Kingdom Eric Hardy Norton 37 0
73 United Kingdom Humphrey Ranson AJS 38 0
74 United Kingdom John Fisher Norton 39 0
75 United Kingdom Ernest Walker Norton 40 0
76 United Kingdom Reg Lee AJS 41 0
77 United Kingdom Jack Bailey Triumph 42 0
78 United Kingdom Charlie Salt Velocette 43 Ret Ret Ret 0
79 United Kingdom Leslie Harris Velocette 44 0
80 United Kingdom Joe Glazebrook Triumph 45 0
81 United Kingdom Syl Anderton Triumph 47 0
82 United Kingdom Llewelyn Ranson AJS 48 0
83 New Zealand John Dale Norton 49 0
84 Northern Ireland Reg McDonald Velocette 50 0
85 United Kingdom Bob McDonald AJS 52 0
- United Kingdom Eric Briggs Norton Ret Ret Ret 0
- United Kingdom Oliver Scott Norton Ret Ret Ret 0
- United Kingdom Bill Hall Triumph Ret Ret 0
- United Kingdom Bill Lomas Velocette Ret Ret 0
- Northern Ireland Bob Matthews Velocette Ret Ret 0
- United Kingdom Bert Meyers Norton Ret Ret 0
- Scotland Fergus Anderson Moto Guzzi Ret 0
- Republic of Ireland Manliff Barrington Vincent Grey Flash Ret 0
- Italy Bruno Bertacchini Moto Guzzi Ret 0
- Italy Aldo Brini Gilera Ret 0
- Republic of Ireland Thomas Byrne Triumph Ret 0
- United Kingdom Maurice Cann Moto Guzzi Ret 0
- Republic of Ireland Gerard Carter Norton Ret 0
- Italy Luigi Ciai Moto Guzzi Ret 0
- Belgium Eugéne Cordang Triumph Ret 0
- United Kingdom Les Dear Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Wilmot Evans Bitza Ret 0
- United Kingdom Mike Featherstone AJS Ret 0
- United Kingdom Lennart Fenning Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Jack Fletcher BSA Ret 0
- Netherlands Cees Fokke-Bosch Norton Ret 0
- Italy Sante Geminiani Moto Guzzi Ret 0
- United Kingdom Rob Harrison Triumph Ret 0
- United Kingdom Johnny Hodgkin Vincent Grey Flash Ret 0
- United Kingdom Chris Horn Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Eddie Iffland Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Denis Jenkinson Norton Ret 0
- Netherlands Piet Knijnenburg BMW R51/2 Ret 0
- United Kingdom Max Klein Norton Ret 0
- Switzerland Willy Lips Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Bill Maddrick Velocette Ret 0
- Belgium Léon Martin Norton Ret 0
- Switzerland Robert Müller Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Bill Petch Norton Ret 0
- Netherlands Hub Pellikaan BMW R51/2 Ret 0
- United Kingdom Cecil Sandford Velocette Ret 0
- Netherlands Jacques Schot Norton Ret 0
- Italy Elio Scopingo Moto Guzzi Ret 0
- United Kingdom Cyril Stevens Vincent Ret 0
- Netherlands Drikus Veer Triumph Ret 0
- Netherlands Jan Veer Triumph Ret 0
- United Kingdom Robert Weston Norton Ret 0
- Switzerland Henri Widonne Norton Ret 0
Pos Rider Bike MAN
United Kingdom
BEL
Belgium
HOL
Netherlands
SUI
Switzerland
ULS
Ulster
NAC
Italy
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Not classified (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

Constructors' 500cc World Championship[edit]

Pos Constructor United Kingdom Belgium Netherlands Switzerland Ulster Italy Pts
1 United Kingdom Norton 1 6 3 4 1 1 28 (32)
2 Italy Gilera 1 1 2 6 2 28 (29)
3 United Kingdom AJS 4 3 5 1 2 21
4 Italy MV Agusta 5 9 8 3 6
5 United Kingdom Triumph 13 12 6 Ret Ret 1
United Kingdom Velocette 6 7 9 7 Ret 15 1
Bitza Ret 0
Germany BMW Ret 0
United Kingdom BSA Ret 0
Italy Moto Guzzi Ret 7 Ret 13 14 0
United Kingdom Rudge-Whitworth 20 0
United Kingdom Vincent 12 12 0

1950 350cc Roadracing World Championship final standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 United Kingdom Bob Foster United Kingdom Velocette 30 3
2 United Kingdom Geoff Duke United Kingdom Norton 24 1
3 United Kingdom Leslie Graham United Kingdom AJS 17 1
4 United Kingdom Artie Bell United Kingdom Norton 14 1
5 Republic of Ireland Reg Armstrong United Kingdom Velocette 11 0
6 Australia Eric Hinton Australia Norton 9 0
7 United Kingdom Bill Lomas United Kingdom Velocette 9 0
8 United Kingdom Harold Daniell United Kingdom Norton 6 0
9 United Kingdom John Lockett United Kingdom Norton 4 0
9 United Kingdom Dickie Dale United Kingdom AJS 4 0
11 United Kingdom Ted Frend United Kingdom AJS 4 0
12 Australia Eric McPherson Australia AJS 3 0
13 United Kingdom Cecil Sandford United Kingdom AJS 3 0

1950 250cc Roadracing World Championship final standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 Italy Dario Ambrosini Italy Benelli 24 3
2 United Kingdom Maurice Cann United Kingdom Moto Guzzi 14 1
3 United Kingdom Fergus Anderson United Kingdom Moto Guzzi 6 0
3 Italy Bruno Ruffo Italy Moto Guzzi 6 0
5 United Kingdom Dickie Dale United Kingdom Benelli 4 0
5 Republic of Ireland Wilf Billington Ireland Moto Guzzi 4 0
5 Italy Bruno Francisci Italy Benelli 4 0
5 United Kingdom Ronald Mead United Kingdom Velocette 4 0
9 United Kingdom Arthur Burton United Kingdom Excelsior 3 0
9 Italy Claudio Mastellari Italy Moto Guzzi 3 0
9 Switzerland Benoit Musy Switzerland Moto Guzzi 3 0
9 United Kingdom Roland Pike United Kingdom Rudge 3 0
13 United Kingdom David Andrews United Kingdom Excelsior 2 0

1950 125cc Roadracing World Championship final standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 Italy Bruno Ruffo Italy Mondial 17 1
2 Italy Gianni Leoni Italy Mondial 14 1
2 Italy Carlo Ubbiali Italy Mondial 14 1
4 Italy Giuseppe Matucci Italy Morini 4 0
4 Italy Luigi Zinzani Italy Morini 4 0
6 Italy Umberto Braga Italy Mondial 3 0
7 Italy Raffaele Alberti Italy Mondial 2 0
7 Italy Felice Benasedo Italy MV Agusta 2 0
9 Netherlands Gijs Lagervey Netherlands Sparta 1 0
9 Italy Emilio Soprani Italy Morini 1 0

References[edit]