1970 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

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1970 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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The 1970 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 22nd F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix season. The season consisted of twelve Grand Prix races in six classes: 500cc, 350cc, 250cc, 125cc, 50cc and Sidecars 500cc. It began on 3 May, with West German Grand Prix and ended with Spanish Grand Prix on 27 September.

Season summary[edit]

With little opposition, Giacomo Agostini and MV Agusta continued to dominate the 500 class. Life was a bit tougher for Agostini in the 350 class as Kel Carruthers and Renzo Pasolini on Benellis and Rod Gould on a factory Yamaha gave him a battle on more than one occasion.[1] Gould would take the 250 title for Yamaha, battling Carruthers for the entire season.[1] German Dieter Braun would give Suzuki the 125 crown while Derbi mounted Angel Nieto claimed the 50cc class for the second year in a row.

There were six fatalities among the competitors at the Isle of Man TT races, including world championship contender Santiago Herrero, making 1970 the deadliest year in the history of the event.[2][3]

1970 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 3 May West Germany West German Grand Prix Nürburgring Nordschleife Spain Angel Nieto Australia John Dodds Australia Kel Carruthers Italy Giacomo Agostini Italy Giacomo Agostini Germany Auerbacher / Hahn Report
2 17 May France French Grand Prix Le Mans Bugatti Spain Angel Nieto West Germany Dieter Braun United Kingdom Rodney Gould Italy Giacomo Agostini Germany Enders / Kalauch Report
3 24 May Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavian Grand Prix Opatija Circuit Spain Angel Nieto West Germany Dieter Braun Spain Santiago Herrero Italy Giacomo Agostini Italy Giacomo Agostini Report
4 8–12 June United Kingdom Isle of Man TT Snaefell Mountain West Germany Dieter Braun Australia Kel Carruthers Italy Giacomo Agostini Italy Giacomo Agostini Germany Enders / Kalauch Report
5 27 June Netherlands Dutch TT Assen Spain Angel Nieto West Germany Dieter Braun United Kingdom Rodney Gould Italy Giacomo Agostini Italy Giacomo Agostini Germany Auerbacher / Hahn Report
6 5 July Belgium Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps Netherlands Aalt Toersen Spain Angel Nieto United Kingdom Rodney Gould Italy Giacomo Agostini Germany Butscher / Huber Report
7 12 July East Germany East German Grand Prix Sachsenring Netherlands Aalt Toersen Spain Angel Nieto United Kingdom Rodney Gould Italy Giacomo Agostini Italy Giacomo Agostini Report
8 19 July Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakian Grand Prix Masaryk Circuit Netherlands Aalt Toersen Italy Gilberto Parlotti Australia Kel Carruthers Italy Giacomo Agostini Germany Enders / Engelhardt Report
9 2 August Finland Finnish Grand Prix Imatra Circuit United Kingdom Dave Simmonds United Kingdom Rodney Gould Italy Giacomo Agostini Italy Giacomo Agostini Germany Enders / Engelhardt Report
10 15 August Ulster Ulster Grand Prix Dundrod Circuit Spain Angel Nieto Australia Kel Carruthers Italy Giacomo Agostini Italy Giacomo Agostini Germany Enders / Engelhardt Report
11 13 September Italy Nations Grand Prix Monza Netherlands Jan de Vries Spain Angel Nieto United Kingdom Rodney Gould Italy Giacomo Agostini Italy Giacomo Agostini Report
12 27 September Spain Spanish Grand Prix Montjuich Spain Salvador Cañellas Spain Angel Nieto Sweden Kent Andersson Italy Angelo Bergamonti Italy Angelo Bergamonti Report

Scoring system[edit]

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

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th 
Points 15 12 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1

500cc final standings[edit]

Pos Rider Bike GER
Germany
FRA
France
YUG
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
MAN
United Kingdom
HOL
Netherlands
BEL
Belgium
DDR
East Germany
FIN
Finland
ULS
Ulster
NAC
Italy
ESP
Spain
Pts
1 Italy Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 90
2 New Zealand Ginger Molloy Bultaco / Kawasaki 5 2 7 4 16 15 2 2 6 2 62
3 Italy Angelo Bergamonti Aermacchi / MV Agusta 4 2 2 2 1 59
4 Northern Ireland Tommy Robb Seeley 3 11 Ret 10 3 10 5 Ret 4 36
5 Italy Alberto Pagani Linto 3 Ret 3 Ret Ret 3 Ret Ret 30
6 United Kingdom Alan Barnett Seeley-Matchless 2 7 Ret 4 Ret 24
7 France Christian Ravel Kawasaki 8 Ret 2 5 Ret Ret Ret 8 24
8 Australia Jack Findlay Seeley-Matchless / Seeley-Suzuki Ret Ret 4 4 Ret Ret 12 Ret 4 Ret Ret 24
9 Finland Martti Pesonen Yamaha 7 5 Ret Ret 8 8 7 7 24
10 United Kingdom Peter Williams Matchless 2 7 5 22
11 Italy Roberto Gallina Paton 3 Ret 7 5 20
12 United Kingdom Martin Carney Kawasaki Ret Ret 3 6 6 20
13 Switzerland Gyula Marsovszky Linto / Kawasaki 11 6 8 9 Ret Ret Ret 4 Ret 18
14 France Eric Offenstadt Kawasaki Ret 9 13 7 4 Ret 14
15 Australia John Dodds Linto Ret Ret Ret Ret 2 Ret Ret Ret 12
16 Italy Silvano Bertarelli Kawasaki Ret 3 10
= United Kingdom Bill Smith Kawasaki / Yamaha 3 Ret 10
= United Kingdom Percy Tait Triumph / Seeley-Matchless Ret 3 10
19 Italy Giuseppe Mandolini Moto Guzzi 3 10
20 United Kingdom Dave Simmonds Kawasaki Ret 12 6 12 12 8 Ret 9 10
21 Germany Karl Hoppe Münch-URS / Seeley-URS 4 16 Ret Ret 8
22 Austria Karl Auer Matchless Ret 4 Ret 8
23 Italy Gianpiero Zubani Kawasaki 9 5 8
= United Kingdom John Williams Matchless 5 9 8
25 United Kingdom Godfrey Nash Norton / Manx Ret Ret Ret 11 9 6 7
26 United Kingdom Billie Nelson Paton 9 Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret 7
27 Germany Ernst Hiller Kawasaki 8 Ret 7 Ret 7
28 United Kingdom Lewis Young Honda / Matchless Ret Ret 11 Ret 5 Ret Ret 6
29 Northern Ireland Brian Steenson Seeley-Matchless 15 5 Ret 6
30 United Kingdom Paul Smart Seeley-Matchless Ret 5 Ret Ret 6
31 Australia Terry Dennehy Honda 10 Ret Ret 13 6 Ret Ret Ret 6
32 United Kingdom Tony Jefferies Matchless 6 Ret 5
= Switzerland Walter Rungg Aermacchi 6 Ret Ret 5
34 Netherlands Rob Bron Suzuki 6 5
35 United Kingdom Steve Ellis Linto / Matchless Ret Ret 14 10 Ret 7 5
36 United Kingdom Ron Chandler Seeley-Matchless / Triumph Ret 8 9 Ret 5
37 United Kingdom Selwyn Griffiths Matchless 7 4
38 Northern Ireland Gerry Mateer Norton Ret 8 3
39 United Kingdom Brian Adams Norton 8 3
= Italy Giovanni Perrone Kawasaki 8 3
41 United Kingdom Vincent Duckett Seeley-Matchless 9 13 2
42 Germany Hans-Otto Butenuth BMW Ret Ret 9 2
43 Italy Paolo Campanelli Kawasaki Ret 9 2
44 Switzerland Jean Campiche Honda Ret 10 14 10 Ret 2
45 Rhodesia Gordon Keith Velocette Ret 21 Ret 10 1
46 France André-Luc Appietto Paton 10 1
= United Kingdom Charlie Dobson Seeley-Matchless 10 1
= Italy Vasco Loro Norton-Kawasaki 10 1
= United Kingdom Steve Spencer Norton 10 1
50 Austria Werner Bergold Linto / Seeley 14 11 0
51 Wales Malcolm Uphill Suzuki Ret 11 Ret 0
52 Italy Emanuele Maugliani Seeley Ret 11 0
53 United Kingdom Peter Berwick Aermacchi 11 0
= United Kingdom John Burgess Norton Ret 11 0
= United Kingdom Jim Curry Aermacchi 11 0
= United Kingdom Keith Heckles Norton 11 0
57 Germany Heinrich Rosenbusch Linto 12 Ret 14 0
58 United Kingdom Alan Lawton Norton 14 12 0
59 United Kingdom George Fogarty Shepherd 12 17 0
60 Finland Jouko Ryhänen Matchless 12 0
= Czech Republic Frantisek Srna Jawa 12 0
62 France Pierre-Louis Tebec Kawasaki 26 13 0
63 Germany Gerhard Heukerott Benelli Ret Ret 13 Ret 0
64 Sweden Sven-Olov Gunnarsson Kawasaki 13 Ret 0
65 United Kingdom John Blanchard Seeley 13 0
= United Kingdom Ken Tilley Norton 13 0
= Switzerland Alo Zanetta Kawasaki 13 0
68 Sweden Billy Andersson Matchless / Crescent 39 14 Ret 0
69 Germany Ferdinand Kaczor Seeley-URS 14 Ret 0
70 Northern Ireland Harris Healey Norton 14 0
71 United Kingdom Ken Kay Aermacchi 28 15 0
72 United Kingdom Bob Heath BSA Ret 15 0
73 Belgium Serge Jamsin Norton 15 0
= France Hervé Lansac Kawasaki 15 0
= United Kingdom Norman Price Norton 15 0
76 United Kingdom Maurice Hawthorne Norton / Linto 16 Ret 0
77 United Kingdom Peter Gibson Seeley 16 0
= Northern Ireland Cambell Gorman Velocette 16 0
= Australia Terry McDonald Matchless 16 0
80 France Jean-Claude Costeux Aermacchi 17 0
= United Kingdom Peter Darvill Higley-Seeley 17 0
= United Kingdom Stephen Millard Matchless 17 0
= Italy Franco Trabalzini Paton 17 0
84 United Kingdom Chris Neve Seeley 34 18 0
85 Sweden Bo Granath Husqvarna 18 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
86 United Kingdom Bob Biscardine Norton 18 0
= Hungary Arpad Juhos Matchless 18 0
88 Northern Ireland Roy Reid Norton 35 19 0
89 Germany Paul Eickelberg Matchless / Norton 19 Ret Ret 0
90 United Kingdom Geoff Barry Oakley-Matchless 19 0
91 United Kingdom John Barton Triumph 20 0
= United Kingdom Nigel Palmer Matchless 20 0
= Northern Ireland Harry Turner Norton 20 0
94 Switzerland Gilbert Argo Matchless 21 0
95 Austria Alois Maxwald Matchless 22 Ret 0
96 United Kingdom Don Grant Norton 22 0
97 United Kingdom Barry Randle Seeley 23 Ret Ret 0
98 United Kingdom Brian Moses Norton 23 0
99 Germany Willi Bertsch Honda 24 0
= United Kingdom Dave Foulkes Norton 24 0
101 United Kingdom Brian Edwards Kettle-Norton 25 0
= France Jean-Marie Grandidier Matchless 25 0
103 United Kingdom Brian Swales Norton 26 0
104 United Kingdom Gordon Daniels Matchless 27 0
= United Kingdom Jerry Lancaster Aermacchi 27 0
106 Germany Rudolf Reinhardt BMW 28 0
107 United Kingdom Graham Sharp Petty-Norton 29 0
= Germany Jupp Tröblinger Norton 29 0
109 United Kingdom Don Harris Norton 30 0
= Austria Walfried Weingartner Matchless 30 0
111 United Kingdom Ron Baylie Triumph 31 0
= Germany Ted Janssen Norton 31 0
113 United Kingdom John Pepper Norton 32 0
114 United Kingdom Len Williams Aermacchi 33 0
115 United Kingdom Roger Fursman Norton 36 0
116 United Kingdom Dennis Trollope Norton 37 0
117 United Kingdom Carl Ward Norton 38 0
118 United Kingdom Mick Potter Metisse 40 0
119 United Kingdom Graham Penny Honda 41 0
- Netherlands Theo Louwes Kawasaki / Matchless Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
- New Zealand Keith Turner Linto Ret Ret Ret 0
- United Kingdom Cliff Carr Kawasaki Ret Ret 0
- United Kingdom Tom Dickie Kuhn-Seeley Ret Ret 0
- United Kingdom John-Tom Findlay Norton Ret Ret 0
- United Kingdom Robert Graham Matchless / Aermacchi Ret Ret 0
- Finland Pentti Lehtelä Matchless / Yamaha Ret Ret 0
- Italy Renzo Pasolini Benelli Ret Ret 0
- Switzerland Philippe Schreyer Kawasaki Ret Ret 0
- United Kingdom Stan Adams Seeley Ret 0
- United Kingdom Tom Armstrong Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Jim Ashton Matchless Ret 0
- United Kingdom George Barnacle Triumph Ret 0
- United Kingdom Rex Butcher Metisse Ret 0
- United Kingdom Doug Cash Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Paul Coombs CRD Ret 0
- United Kingdom Adrian Cooper Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom John Cooper Seeley Ret 0
- Sweden Ake Dahli Kawasaki Ret 0
- United Kingdom Walter Dawson Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Charlie Dobson Seeley Ret 0
- France Didier Dumesnil Linto Ret 0
- United Kingdom Robin Duffty Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Hugh Evans CRD Ret 0
- United Kingdom Derek Filler Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Denis Gallagher Seeley Ret 0
- United Kingdom Lou Geeson Triumph Ret 0
- United Kingdom Mick Grant Velocette Ret 0
- United Kingdom Chris Gregory Norton Ret 0
= France René Guili Matchless Ret 0
- Finland Osmo Hansen Matchless Ret 0
- United Kingdom Ray Knight CRD Ret 0
- Finland Hannu Kuparinen Matchless Ret 0
- United Kingdom Cliff Lawson Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Derek Lee Matchless Ret 0
- France Patrick Lefevre Norton Ret 0
= United States Marty Lunde Crescent Ret 0
- United Kingdom Pat Mahoney Kuhn-Seeley Ret 0
- United Kingdom Percy May Petty-Norton Ret 0
- Northern Ireland Ray McCullough Seeley Ret 0
- Italy Gilberto Milani Aermacchi Ret 0
- United Kingdom Malcolm Moffatt Seeley Ret 0
- Algeria Mustapha Moulay Paton Ret 0
- France Jean-Pierre Naudon Matchless Ret 0
- South Africa Garth Neveling Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Derryl Pandlebury Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Dick Pipes Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Harry Reynolds Norton Ret 0
= France Jacques Roca Suzuki Ret 0
- United Kingdom Barry Sheene Bultaco Ret 0
- United Kingdom Roy Simmons Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom John Stanley Seeley Ret 0
- Czech Republic Frantisek Stastny Jawa Ret 0
- France Thierry Tchernine Velocette Ret 0
- Germany Rolf Thiemig Ducati Ret 0
- Italy Franco Trabalzini Paton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Tony Turner Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Fred Walton Velocette Ret 0
- Northern Ireland Charlie Watts Norton Ret 0
- Malta John Wetherall Norton Ret 0
- Italy Benedetto Zambotti Bianchi Ret 0
Pos Rider Bike GER
Germany
FRA
France
YUG
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
MAN
United Kingdom
HOL
Netherlands
BEL
Belgium
DDR
East Germany
FIN
Finland
ULS
Ulster
NAC
Italy
ESP
Spain
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

1970 350 cc Roadracing World Championship final standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 Italy Giacomo Agostini 1 Italy MV Agusta 90 9
2 Australia Kel Carruthers 7 Australia Benelli 58 0
3 Italy Renzo Pasolini Italy Benelli 46 0
4 Sweden Kent Andersson Sweden Yamaha 44 0
5 Finland Martti Pesonen Finland Yamaha 38 0
6 United Kingdom Rodney Gould United Kingdom Yamaha 28 0
7 Italy Angelo Bergamonti Italy MV Agusta 27 1
8 East Germany Günter Bartusch East Germany MZ 20 0
9 United Kingdom Alan Barnett United Kingdom Aermacchi 20 0
10 United Kingdom Tommy Robb United Kingdom Yamaha 18 0

1970 250 cc Roadracing World Championship final standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 United Kingdom Rodney Gould 6 United Kingdom Yamaha 102 6
2 Australia Kel Carruthers Australia Yamaha 84 4
3 Sweden Kent Andersson 2 Sweden Yamaha 67 1
4 Finland Jarno Saarinen Finland Yamaha 57 0
5 Sweden Börje Jansson 5 Sweden Yamaha 34 0
6 United Kingdom Chas Mortimer United Kingdom Yamaha 30 0
7 Switzerland Gyula Marsovsky Switzerland Yamaha 28 0
8 Spain Santiago Herrero 3 Spain Ossa 27 1
9 Sweden Bo Granath Sweden Yamaha 25 0
10 Italy Silvio Grassetti Italy Yamaha 24 0

1970 125 cc Roadracing World Championship final standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 West Germany Dieter Braun 2 West Germany Suzuki 84 4
2 Spain Angel Nieto Spain Derbi 72 4
3 Sweden Börje Jansson Sweden Maico 62 0
4 United Kingdom Dave Simmonds 1 United Kingdom Kawasaki 57 1
5 Hungary László Szabó 8 Hungary MZ 34 0
6 West Germany Toni Gruber West Germany Maico 33 0
7 Netherlands Aalt Toersen Netherlands Suzuki 31 0
8 Australia John Dodds Australia Aermacchi 24 1
9 East Germany Gunter Bartusch East Germany MZ 22 0
10 Austria Heinz Kriwanek Austria Rotax 25 0

1970 50 cc Roadracing World Championship final standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 Spain Angel Nieto 1 Spain Derbi 87 5
2 Netherlands Aalt Toersen 2 Netherlands Jamathi 75 3
3 West Germany Rudolf Kunz 8 West Germany Kreidler 66 0
4 Spain Salvador Cañellas Spain Derbi 63 1
5 Netherlands Jan De Vries 4 Netherlands Kreidler 60 1
6 Netherlands Jos Schurgers Netherlands Kreidler 41 0
7 Netherlands Martin Mijwaart 10 Netherlands Jamathi 40 0
8 West Germany Ludwig Fassbender 9 West Germany Kreidler 17 0
9 Italy Gilberto Parlotti 6 Italy Tomos 15 1
10 Austria Harald Bartol Austria Kreidler 11 0

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. ^ "World's fastest way to die: The most dangerous race on the planet". news.com.au. Retrieved 20 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "Two more deaths take Isle of Man TT Festival toll to five". express.co.uk. Retrieved 20 February 2017.