1967 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

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1967 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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The 1967 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 19th F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix season. The season consisted of thirteen Grand Prix races in six classes: 500cc, 350cc, 250cc, 125cc, 50cc and Sidecars 500cc. It began on 30 April, with Spanish Grand Prix and ended with Japanese Grand Prix on 15 October.

Season summary[edit]

A seminal year in motorcycle Grand Prix history as well as the end of an era with Honda making the decision to withdraw its racing program from competition.[1] Nevertheless, Honda would go out with a bang, with Mike Hailwood taking the 250 cc and 350 cc crowns and coming within a whisker of dethroning Giacomo Agostini for the 500 cc title.

Honda decided to concentrate on the larger classes leaving Suzuki to dominate the 50 cc class with Anscheidt again the champion.[1] The improved Yamahas took the 125 cc class with Bill Ivy finishing ahead of team-mate Phil Read.

In the 250 cc class, Read would battle Hailwood mightily for the title. They both finished the season with 50 points but Hailwood took the title because he had five wins to Read's four.[1] In the 350 cc class, Hailwood had an easier time, taking six wins and claiming the crown by mid-season.

The 500 title fight would be one for the ages with Agostini and Hailwood swapping wins back and forth including a legendary duel at the Isle of Man TT.[1] The chase went down to the last race in Canada. Hailwood won there to tie Agostini on points. Each rider had five wins so it came down to second places- Agostini taking the title with three seconds to Hailwood's two.[1]

With Honda's pullout, Hailwood left motorcycle racing to take up a car racing career. He left with a blaze of glory, winning three classes in one day at the Dutch TT as well as three classes in one week at the Isle of Man TT.

1967 Grand Prix season calendar[edit]

Round Date Grand Prix Circuit 50cc winner 125cc winner 250cc winner 350cc winner 500cc winner Sidecars 500cc winner Report
1 30 April Spain Spanish Grand Prix Montjuïc circuit West Germany Hans-Georg Anscheidt United Kingdom Bill Ivy United Kingdom Phil Read Germany Auerbacher / Dein Report
2 7 May West Germany West German Grand Prix Hockenheimring West Germany Hans-Georg Anscheidt Japan Yoshimi Katayama Northern Ireland Ralph Bryans United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Italy Giacomo Agostini Germany Enders / Engelhardt Report
3 21 May France French Grand Prix Charade Circuit Japan Yoshimi Katayama United Kingdom Bill Ivy United Kingdom Bill Ivy Germany Enders / Engelhardt Report
4 12–16 June United Kingdom Isle of Man TT Snaefell Mountain United Kingdom Stuart Graham United Kingdom Phil Read United Kingdom Mike Hailwood United Kingdom Mike Hailwood United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Germany Schauzu / Horst Schneider Report
5 24 June Netherlands Dutch TT TT Circuit Assen Japan Yoshimi Katayama United Kingdom Phil Read United Kingdom Mike Hailwood United Kingdom Mike Hailwood United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Germany Enders / Engelhardt Report
6 2 July Belgium Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps West Germany Hans-Georg Anscheidt United Kingdom Bill Ivy Italy Giacomo Agostini Germany Enders / Engelhardt Report
7 16 July East Germany East German Grand Prix Sachsenring United Kingdom Bill Ivy United Kingdom Phil Read United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Italy Giacomo Agostini Report
8 23 July Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakian Grand Prix Masaryk Circuit United Kingdom Bill Ivy United Kingdom Phil Read United Kingdom Mike Hailwood United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Report
9 6 August Finland Finnish Grand Prix Imatra Circuit United Kingdom Stuart Graham United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Italy Giacomo Agostini Germany Enders / Engelhardt Report
10 19 August Ulster Ulster Grand Prix Dundrod Circuit United Kingdom Bill Ivy United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Italy Giacomo Agostini United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Report
11 3 September Italy Nations Grand Prix Monza United Kingdom Bill Ivy United Kingdom Phil Read Northern Ireland Ralph Bryans Italy Giacomo Agostini Germany United Kingdom Auerbacher / Nelson Report
12 30 September Canada Canadian Grand Prix Mosport United Kingdom Bill Ivy United Kingdom Mike Hailwood United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Report
13 15 October Japan Japanese Grand Prix Fuji Speedway Japan Mitsuo Itoh United Kingdom Bill Ivy Northern Ireland Ralph Bryans United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Report

Standings[edit]

Scoring system[edit]

Points were awarded to the top six finishers in each race. Only the best of four were counted on 50cc championships, best of six in 350cc and 500cc championships, best of seven in 125cc and 250cc championships, while in the Sidecars, the best of five races were counted.

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

500cc final standings[edit]

Pos Rider Bike GER
Germany
MAN
United Kingdom
HOL
Netherlands
BEL
Belgium
DDR
East Germany
CZE
Czech Republic
FIN
Finland
ULS
Ulster
NAC
Italy
CAN
Canada
Pts
1 Italy Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta 1 Ret 2 1 1 2 1 20 1 2 46 (58)
2 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Honda Ret 1 1 2 Ret 1 Ret 1 2 1 46 (52)
3 United Kingdom John Hartle Matchless / Kirby-Metisse 6 2 5 2 2 6 22
4 United Kingdom Peter Williams Matchless 2 2 3 Ret 16
5 Australia Jack Findlay Matchless / Norton 3 DNS 4 3 DNS 3 9 15
6 United Kingdom Fred Stevens Hannah-Paton Ret 5 Ret 3 Ret Ret 5 Ret 4 Ret 11
7 United Kingdom John Cooper Norton 16 4 Ret 12 Ret 3 6 8
8 Switzerland Gyula Marsovszky Matchless Ret 14 5 5 10 4 Ret 7 7 7
9 United Kingdom Billie Nelson Norton 5 9 11 7 8 3 Ret 6
10 United Kingdom Steve Spencer Norton 3 9 13 5 Ret 6
11 Canada Mike Duff Matchless 8 Ret Ret Ret 3 4
12 Italy Angelo Bergamonti Hannah-Paton Ret 11 3 4
13 Australia John Dodds Norton Ret 10 8 4 6 9 Ret 4
= United Kingdom Dan Shorey Norton Ret 4 9 6 10 Ret 8 4
15 United Kingdom Robin Fitton Norton 4 7 Ret 3
16 Sweden Bo Granath Matchless 15 17 14 12 Ret 4 15 3
17 United Kingdom John Blanchard Seeley-Matchless / Seeley-URS Ret 33 Ret 4 3
18 Canada Ivor Lloyd Matchless 4 3
19 United Kingdom Rodney Gould Norton Ret 5 11 Ret 8 2
20 Italy Giuseppe Mandolini Moto Guzzi 5 2
= South Africa Andreas Georgeades Velocette 5 2
22 United Kingdom Chris Conn Norton 7 Ret 6 Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret 1
23 United Kingdom Derek Minter Norton Ret 7 6 1
24 United Kingdom Griff Jenkins Norton 6 13 1
25 United Kingdom Maurice Hawthorne Norton Ret 6 1
26 United States Johnny Rockett Norton 6 1
27 United Kingdom Lewis Young Metisse / Matchless Ret Ret Ret Ret 14 7 0
28 United Kingdom Tom Dickie Matchless 7 0
= Canada Dave Lloyd Triton 7 0
= Czech Republic Frantisek Srna Jawa 7 0
31 Australia Kel Carruthers Metisse / Norton / Matchless Ret Ret 8 Ret Ret 9 Ret 14 Ret 0
32 Northern Ireland Billy McCosch Matchless 8 10 0
33 New Zealand Keith Turner Matchless 24 13 8 0
34 Canada Manuel Radbord Honda 8 0
35 United Kingdom Ron Chandler Matchless Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret 0
34 Germany Hartmut Allner BMW 9 0
= Canada Thomas de Mange Matchless 9 0
= United Kingdom Dave Degens Matchless 9 0
38 United Kingdom Derek Lee Matchless 10 12 Ret 12 12 0
39 Germany Walter Scheimann Norton 10 Ret 13 12 Ret 0
40 Australia Jack Saunders Matchless 14 10 0
41 Germany Karl Hoppe Matchless Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 0
42 Australia Malcolm Stanton Norton Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret 0
43 Canada Jean Lysight Triumph 10 0
44 United Kingdom Rex Butcher Norton 11 11 0
45 Finland Hannu Kuparinen Matchless 15 11 0
46 United Kingdom Godfrey Nash Norton Ret 11 Ret 0
47 United Kingdom Denis Gallagher Matchless Ret 11 0
48 United States Bob MacLean Norton 11 0
= Germany Armand Nerger Honda 11 0
50 Canada Henry Hanje Triumph 12 0
51 Canada Oliver Howe Norton Ret 12 16 0
52 United Kingdom Barry Randle Norton 12 0
= Germany Dietmar Völmle Norton 12 0
54 Switzerland Ernst Weiss Matchless 18 13 0
55 Germany Fritjof Eccarius Matchless 13 Ret 0
= United Kingdom Bill Smith Matchless 13 Ret 0
57 Northern Ireland Cecil Crawford Norton 13 0
= Canada David Shepard Norton 13 0
59 Hungary György Kurucz Matchless / Norton 14 14 0
60 Belgium Guy Cooremans Norton 15 0
= South Africa Errol Cowan Matchless 15 0
= South Africa Pat Hewartson Norton 15 0
= United Kingdom Charlie Sanby Norton 15 0
64 Rhodesia Gordon Keith Norton 21 16 Ret 0
65 United Kingdom Bob Steele Matchless Ret 16 0
66 United Kingdom Tony McGurk Matchless 16 0
67 Italy Gianfranco Domeniconi Norton 17 0
= United Kingdom Steve Jolly Matchless 17 0
= Australia Ron Wilson Norton 17 0
70 Netherlands Bert Oosterhuis Norton 18 0
= United Kingdom Brian Walmsley Norton 18 0
= Italy Benedetto Zambotti Norton 18 0
73 United Kingdom Ken Kay Matchless-Metisse Ret 19 0
74 United Kingdom Bernie Lund Matchless 19 0
= Italy Emanuele Maugliani Norton 19 0
76 United Kingdom Norman Price Norton 20 0
77 Northern Ireland Roy Reid Norton 28 21 0
78 South Africa Ian Burne Norton 22 Ret 0
79 Northern Ireland Harry Turner Norton 22 0
80 Sweden Billy Andersson Matchless 23 0
81 Australia Lee Atlee Norton 25 Ret 0
82 United Kingdom Doug Cash Norton 26 0
83 United Kingdom Ray Knight Triumph 27 0
84 United Kingdom Colin Thompson Norton 29 0
85 United Kingdom Albert Moule Norton 30 0
86 United Kingdom Chris Neve Matchless 31 0
87 United Kingdom Ian Ablett BSA 32 0
88 Australia David Johnson Norton 34 0
89 United Kingdom Albert Haddock Triton 35 0
90 United Kingdom Hugh Evans MV Agusta 36 0
91 United Kingdom Melvyn Rice Vincent HRD 37 0
- United Kingdom Joe Dunphy Norton Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
- Austria Edy Lenz Matchless Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
- Australia Eric Hinton Norton Ret Ret Ret 0
- Australia Tom Gill Matchless Ret Ret 0
- Wales Malcolm Uphill Norton Ret Ret 0
- Canada Stuart Morin Norton Ret Ret 0
- United Kingdom Jim Ashton Matchless Ret 0
- United States Nishan Baronian BSA Ret 0
- Canada Roger Beaumont Triumph Ret 0
- United Kingdom Godfrey Benson Norton Ret 0
- Hungary Karoly Berek Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Bob Biscardine Triton Ret 0
- New Zealand Ray Breingan Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Dave Brown Norton Ret 0
- Germany Heiner Butz Bianchi Ret 0
- Italy Paolo Campanelli Matchless Ret 0
- United Kingdom Alan Capstick BSA Ret 0
- Sweden Agne Carlsson Matchless Ret 0
- Canada Bert Clark Matchless-Metisse Ret 0
- United Kingdom Dave Croxford Matchless Ret 0
- United Kingdom Dave Cunningham Triumph Ret 0
- United Kingdom Peter Darvill Norton Ret 0
- Canada Peter-John Davis Norton Ret 0
- Canada Bruce Dent Norton Ret 0
- Switzerland Herbert Denzler Aermacchi Ret 0
- United Kingdom Vincent Duckett Matchless Ret 0
- Canada Yvon Duhamel Matchless Ret 0
- United Kingdom Jim Evans Norton Ret 0
- Canada Kurt Fischer Vincent HRD Ret 0
- Canada Robert Fisher Triumph Ret 0
- United Kingdom Dave Foulkes Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Tony Godfrey Norton Ret 0
- United States Ron Grant Honda Ret 0
- Wales Selwyn Griffiths Matchless Ret 0
- Northern Ireland Billie Guthrie Norton Ret 0
- Canada Don Haddow Honda Ret 0
- Czech Republic Gustav Havel Jawa Ret 0
- United Kingdom Vic Hilton Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Derek Jones BSA Ret 0
- Canada Peter Kellond Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Les Kempster Norton Ret 0
- Canada Ken King Norton Ret 0
- United States Ed LaBelle Norton Ret 0
- Canada Joseph Lama Matchless Ret 0
- United Kingdom Alan Lawton Norton Ret 0
- Finland Pentti Lehtelä Norton Ret 0
- United States Kurt Liebmann BMW OL Special Ret 0
- Sweden Jack Lindh Matchless Ret 0
- United States Marty Lunde Norton Ret 0
- Canada Mike Manley Honda Ret 0
- Canada Fraser McAninch Norton Ret 0
- Northern Ireland Ian McGregor Norton Ret 0
- Italy Guido Miele Gilera Ret 0
- United Kingdom Stephen Millard Matchless Ret 0
- United Kingdom Frank Mumford Norton Ret 0
- South Africa Garth Neveling Norton Ret 0
- Italy Renzo Pasolini Benelli Ret 0
- United Kingdom Alan Peck Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Graham Penny Honda Ret 0
- Italy Giovanni Perrone Bianchi Ret 0
- United Kingdom Laurence Povey Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Alan Prange Matchless Ret 0
- United Kingdom Tom Read Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Harry Reynolds Matchless-Metisse Ret 0
- Australia Peter Richards Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Tony Rutter Norton Ret 0
- Finland Jouko Ryhänen Matchless Ret 0
- United Kingdom Brian Sapsford Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Barry Scully Norton Ret 0
- Canada Adrian Shelley Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Eric-Morley Shepherd Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom John Simmonds Norton Ret 0
- United States Fred Simone BMW Ret 0
- Denmark Vagn Stevnhoved Matchless Ret 0
- Netherlands Jan Strijbis Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Percy Tait Triumph Ret 0
- United Kingdom John Taylor Matchless Ret 0
- United Kingdom Tom Walker Norton-BSA Ret 0
- Canada William Walsh Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Carl Ward Norton Ret 0
- United States Lance Weil Matchless Ret 0
- United Kingdom Tony Wilmott Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Dave Williams BSA Ret 0
- New Zealand Keith Williams Norton Ret 0
Pos Rider Bike GER
Germany
MAN
United Kingdom
HOL
Netherlands
BEL
Belgium
DDR
East Germany
CZE
Czech Republic
FIN
Finland
ULS
Ulster
NAC
Italy
CAN
Canada
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (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 (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

350cc final standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood 1 United Kingdom Honda 40 6
2 Italy Giacomo Agostini 2 Italy MV Agusta 32 1
3 United Kingdom Ralph Bryans United Kingdom Honda 20 1
4 East Germany Heinz Rosner 7 East Germany MZ 18 0
5 United Kingdom Derek Woodman United Kingdom MZ 14 0
6 Italy Alberto Pagani 6 Italy Aermacchi 11 0
7 Australia Kel Carruthers 18 Australia Aermacchi 9 0
8 Italy Renzo Pasolini 3 Italy Benelli 8 0
9 Italy Silvio Grassetti 11 Italy Benelli 6 0
10 Japan K. Mimuro Japan Yamaha 4 0

250cc final standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood 1 United Kingdom Honda 50 5
2 United Kingdom Phil Read 2 United Kingdom Yamaha 50 4
3 United Kingdom Bill Ivy 13 United Kingdom Yamaha 46 2
4 United Kingdom Ralph Bryans United Kingdom Honda 40 2
5 United Kingdom Derek Woodman 4 United Kingdom MZ 18 0
6 East Germany Heinz Rosner 6 East Germany MZ 13 0
7 New Zealand Ginger Molloy 11 New Zealand Bultaco 9 0
8 Switzerland Gyula Marsovsky 12 Switzerland Bultaco 8 0
9 Japan Akiyasu Motohashi 8 Japan Yamaha 6 0
10 United Kingdom Tommy Robb 22 United Kingdom Bultaco 5 0
10 United Kingdom Dave Simmonds United Kingdom Kawasaki 5 0

125cc final standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 United Kingdom Bill Ivy 2 United Kingdom Yamaha 56 8
2 United Kingdom Phil Read 4 United Kingdom Yamaha 40 2
3 United Kingdom Stuart Graham United Kingdom Suzuki 38 1
4 Japan Yoshimi Katayama 6 Japan Suzuki 19 1
5 Hungary László Szabó Hungary MZ 13 0
6 West Germany Hans-Georg Anscheidt 12 West Germany Suzuki 12 0
7 United Kingdom Dave Simmonds United Kingdom Kawasaki 9 0
8 Australia Kel Carruthers Australia Honda 7 0
9 Canada Tim Coopey Canada Yamaha 6 0
10 East Germany Thomas Heuschkel East Germany MZ 5 0
10 West Germany Walter Scheimann 15 West Germany Honda 5 0

50cc final standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 West Germany Hans-Georg Anscheidt 1 West Germany Suzuki 30 3
2 Japan Yoshimi Katayama 5 Japan Suzuki 28 2
3 United Kingdom Stuart Graham United Kingdom Suzuki 22 1
4 Spain Angel Nieto 6 Spain Derbi 12 0
5 Australia Barry Smith 8 Australia Derbi 12 0
6 Japan Mitsuo Itoh Japan Suzuki 8 1
7 West Germany R. Schmalze West Germany Kreidler 6 0
8 Spain José Busquet Spain Derbi 4 0
8 Spain Benjamin Grau Spain Derbi 4 0
8 Japan Hiroyuko Kawasaki Japan Suzuki 4 0
8 United Kingdom Tommy Robb United Kingdom Suzuki 4 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Noyes, Dennis; Scott, Michael (1999), Motocourse: 50 Years Of Moto Grand Prix, Hazleton Publishing Ltd, ISBN 1-874557-83-7