1980 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

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1980 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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The 1980 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 32nd F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship season.

Season summary[edit]

Yamaha's Kenny Roberts claimed his third successive 500cc world championship in a season shortened by the cancellations of the Venezuelan and Austrian rounds.[1] Randy Mamola took over at Suzuki from Barry Sheene. Kawasaki returned to the 500cc class with a monocoque, four cylinder bike for Kork Ballington.[1] Honda soldiered on with its exotic four-stroke NR500 but began to realize it was at a disadvantage against its two-stroke opposition.[1]

There were only six rounds in the 350cc class that saw South Africa's Jon Ekerold, a true privateer, take the championship from the Kawasaki factory-sponsored Anton Mang.[1] Mang would take the 250cc crown from defending champion Ballington while Pier Paolo Bianchi won the 125cc title.[1] Eugenio Lazzarini won a tight battle from Swiss Stefan Dörflinger to take the 50cc championship by only 2 points.[2]

1980 Grand Prix season calendar[edit]

The following Grands Prix were scheduled to take place in 1980:[3][4]

Round Date Grand Prix Circuit
1 11 May Italy Gran Premio delle Nazioni Circuito Internazionale Santa Monica
2 18 May Spain Gran Premio de España Circuito Permanente Del Jarama
3 25 May France Grand Prix de France Moto Circuit Paul Ricard
4 15 Jun Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Velika Nagrada Jugoslavije Automotodrom Rijeka
5 28 June Netherlands Dutch TT Assen TT Circuit Assen
6 6 July Belgium Grand Prix of Belgium Circuit Zolder
7 27 July Finland Finnish GP Imatra Circuit
8 10 August United Kingdom Marlboro British Grand Prix Silverstone Circuit
9 17 August Czechoslovakia Grand Prix ČSSR Brno Circuit
10 24 August Germany Grosser Preis von Deutschland Nürburgring-Nordschleife

Calendar changes[edit]

Results and standings[edit]

1980 Grand Prix season results[edit]

Round Date Race Location 50cc winner 125cc winner 250cc winner 350cc winner 500cc winner Report
1 11 May Italy Nations motorcycle Grand Prix Misano Italy Eugenio Lazzarini Italy Pier Paolo Bianchi Germany Anton Mang Venezuela Johnny Cecotto United States Kenny Roberts Report
2 18 May Spain Spanish motorcycle Grand Prix Jarama Italy Eugenio Lazzarini Italy Pier Paolo Bianchi South Africa Kork Ballington United States Kenny Roberts Report
3 25 May France French motorcycle Grand Prix Paul Ricard Spain Angel Nieto South Africa Kork Ballington South Africa Jon Ekerold United States Kenny Roberts Report
4 15 Jun Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavian motorcycle Grand Prix Rijeka Spain Ricardo Tormo France Guy Bertin Germany Anton Mang Report
5 28 June Netherlands Dutch TT Assen Spain Ricardo Tormo Spain Angel Nieto Venezuela Carlos Lavado South Africa Jon Ekerold Netherlands Jack Middelburg Report
6 6 July Belgium Belgian motorcycle Grand Prix Zolder Switzerland Stefan Dörflinger Spain Angel Nieto Germany Anton Mang United States Randy Mamola Report
7 27 July Finland Finnish motorcycle Grand Prix Imatra Spain Angel Nieto South Africa Kork Ballington Netherlands Wil Hartog Report
8 10 August United Kingdom British motorcycle Grand Prix Silverstone Italy Loris Reggiani South Africa Kork Ballington Germany Anton Mang United States Randy Mamola Report
9 17 August Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakian motorcycle Grand Prix Brno Circuit France Guy Bertin Germany Anton Mang Germany Anton Mang Report
10 24 August Germany German motorcycle Grand Prix Nürburgring-Nordschleife Switzerland Stefan Dörflinger France Guy Bertin South Africa Kork Ballington South Africa Jon Ekerold Italy Marco Lucchinelli Report

500cc riders' standings[edit]

Scoring system

Points are awarded to the top ten finishers. A rider has to finish the race to earn points.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th 
Points 15 12 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1
Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 United States Kenny Roberts 1 United States Yamaha 87 3
2 United States Randy Mamola 10 United States Suzuki 72 2
3 Italy Marco Lucchinelli 28 Italy Suzuki 59 1
4 Italy Franco Uncini 5 Italy Suzuki 50 0
5 Italy Graziano Rossi 22 Italy Suzuki 38 0
6 Netherlands Wil Hartog 4 Netherlands Suzuki 31 1
7 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto 3 Venezuela Yamaha 31 0
8 New Zealand Graeme Crosby 6 New Zealand Suzuki 29 0
9 Netherlands Jack Middelburg 8 Netherlands Suzuki 20 1
10 Japan Takazumi Katayama 52 Japan Suzuki 18 0
11 Italy Carlo Perugini Italy Suzuki 17
12 South Africa Kork Ballington 9 South Africa Kawasaki 13
13 Switzerland Philippe Coulon Switzerland Suzuki 11
14 Netherlands Boet Van Dulmen The Netherlands Yamaha 10
15 United Kingdom Barry Sheene 7 Great Britain Yamaha 10
16 France Patrick Pons France Yamaha 10
17 France Patrick Fernandez France Yamaha 4
18 France Michel Rougerie France Suzuki 4
19 France Christian Estrosi France Suzuki 3
20 Netherlands Henk De Vries The Netherlands Suzuki 2
21 Japan Sadao Asami Japan Yamaha 2
22 Switzerland Michel Frutschi Switzerland Yamaha 2
23 France Raymond Roche France Yamaha 1
24 Germany Gustav Reiner Germany Suzuki 1
25 France Bernard Fau France Suzuki 1
26 United Kingdom Dave Potter Great Britain Yamaha 1
27 Switzerland Sergio Pellandini Switzerland Suzuki 1

350cc standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 South Africa Jon Ekerold 8 South Africa Yamaha 63 3
2 West Germany Anton Mang 4 West Germany Kawasaki 60 2
3 France Jean-François Baldé France Kawasaki 38 0
4 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Venezuela Yamaha 37 1
5 Australia Jeff Sayle 10 Australia Yamaha 25 0
6 France Eric Saul France Yamaha 24 0
7 Switzerland Jacques Cornu 27 Switzerland Yamaha 21 0
8 Italy Massimo Matteoni 4 Italy Yamaha 19 0
9 Italy Walter Villa 4 Italy Yamaha 16 0
10 France Patrick Fernandez 2 France Yamaha 12 0
11 Carlo Perugini 10
12 Tony Head 9
13 Carlos Lavado 8
14 Roland Freymond 7
15 Gregg Hansford 6
16 Tony Rogers 6
17 Jacques Bolle 6
18 Keith Huewen 6
19 Thierry Espié 6
20 Jean Louis Tournadre 5
21 Loris Reggiani 4
22 Graeme McGregor 4
23 Alan North 2
24 Pekka Nurmi 1
25 Edi Stoellinger 1

250cc standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 West Germany Anton Mang 6 West Germany Kawasaki 128 4
2 South Africa Kork Ballington 1 South Africa Kawasaki 87 5
3 France Jean-François Baldé 8 France Kawasaki 59 0
4 France Thierry Espié France Yamaha 53 0
5 Switzerland Roland Freymond 10 Switzerland Morbidelli 46 0
6 Venezuela Carlos Lavado Venezuela Yamaha 29 1
7 Italy Gianpaolo Marchetti Italy Yamaha 28 0
8 Switzerland Jacques Cornu Switzerland Yamaha 26 0
9 France Eric Saul France Yamaha 24 0
10 France Patrick Fernandez 5 France Yamaha 16 0
11 Edi Stoellinger 16
12 Hans Müller 16
13 Sauro Pazzaglia 12
14 Graeme McGregor 12
15 Pier Luigi Conforti 10
16 Jean-Louis Guignabodet 9
17 Didier de Radiguès 8
18 Eero Hyvärinen 8
19 Clive Horton 7
20 Paolo Ferretti 7
21 Greame Geddes 6
22 R.Sibille 6
23 Steve Tonkin 5
24 Jacques Bolle 5
25 Herbert Hauf 4
26 A.Gouin 4
27 Reinhold Roth 4
28 Walter Villa 4
29 Charlie Williams 2
30 Martin Wimmer 2
31 Marco Papa 1
32 Jean-Louis Tournadre 1
33 Rene Delaby 1
34 F.Marcheggiani 1
35 Tony Rogers 1
36 H.Tomic 1

125cc standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 Italy Pier Paolo Bianchi 10 Italy MBA 90 2
2 France Guy Bertin 6 France Motobécane 81 3
3 Spain Angel Nieto 1 Spain Minarelli 78 4
4 Switzerland Bruno Kneubühler 9 Switzerland MBA 68 0
5 Switzerland Hans Müller Switzerland MBA 64 0
6 Italy Loris Reggiani Italy Minarelli 63 1
7 Venezuela Iván Palazzese Venezuela MBA 28 0
8 Italy Maurizio Massimiani 2 Italy Minarelli 20 0
9 Netherlands Peter Looijensteijn Netherlands MBA 18 0
10 Australia Barry Smith Australia MBA 17 0
11 Harald Bartol 15
12 Ricardo Tormo 13
13 Stefan Dörflinger 13
14 Gianpaolo Marchetti 10
15 August Auinger 9
16 Jose Dubon 8
17 Eugenio Lazzarini 8
18 Rolf Blatter 8
19 Henk Van Kessel 8
20 Gert Bender 6
21 Michel Galbit 6
22 P.Herouard 6
23 Janos Drapal 5
24 Thierry Noblesse 4
25 Matti Kinnunen 4
26 Jhonni Baeckstroem 2
27 S.Janssen 2
28 Jean Claude Selini 2
29 Johnny Wickstroem 1
30 Hugo Vignetti 1
31 Z.Ljeljak 1
32 Anton Straver 1

50cc standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 Italy Eugenio Lazzarini 1 Italy Iprem[5] 74 2
2 Switzerland Stefan Dörflinger 10 Switzerland Kreidler 72 2
3 Austria Hans Hummel Austria Kreidler 37 0
4 Spain Ricardo Tormo Spain Kreidler 36 2
5 Netherlands Henk van Kessel 7 Netherlands Kreidler 31 0
6 Netherlands Hans Spaan Netherlands Kreidler The Best Team 24 0
7 Netherlands Theo Timmer Netherlands Bultaco 19 0
8 France Yves Dupont France ABF 18 0
9 France Jacques Hutteau 8 France ABF 18 0
10 West Germany Wolfgang Müller West Germany Kreidler 15 0
11 Switzerland Rolf Blatter 14
12 West Germany Gerhard Waibel 7
13 AustriaOtto Machinek 7
14 West Germany Ingo Emmerich 6
15 Italy Giuseppe Ascareggi 4
16 West Germany Günter Schirnhofer 4
17 Spain Daniel Mateos 3
18 Italy Claudio Lusuardi 3
19 Italy Enrico Cereda 2
20 ItalyAldo Pero 1
21 West GermanyGerhard Böhl 1

References[edit]

  • Büla, Maurice & Schertenleib, Jean-Claude (2001). Continental Circus 1949-2000. Chronosports S.A. ISBN 2-940125-32-5
  • "The Official MotoGP website". Retrieved 2010-07-06.
  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
  2. ^ "Results and Statistics". MotoGP.com. Retrieved 2010-07-06.
  3. ^ "Grand Prix uitslagen en bijzonderheden 1980". Archive.li. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  4. ^ "1980 World Motorcycle Championship". 15 January 2018.
  5. ^ (in English) Iprem : 50cc Roadracing Story - The Iprem was a rebadged Van Veen-Kreidler