1980 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

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1980 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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1980 World Champions
500ccKenny Roberts (Yamaha)
350cc - Jon Ekerold (Yamaha)
250ccAnton Mang (Kawasaki)
125ccPier Paolo Bianchi (MBA)
80ccEugenio Lazzarini (Iprem)
Kenny Roberts (pictured top in Assen) and Jon Ekerold (pictured in Assen) became the 1980 500cc and 350cc world champion.

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 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 Grand Prix Jarama Italy Eugenio Lazzarini Italy Pier Paolo Bianchi South Africa Kork Ballington United States Kenny Roberts Report
3 25 May France French 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 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 Grand Prix Zolder Switzerland Stefan Dörflinger Spain Angel Nieto Germany Anton Mang United States Randy Mamola Report
7 27 July Finland Finnish Grand Prix Imatra Spain Angel Nieto South Africa Kork Ballington Netherlands Wil Hartog Report
8 10 August United Kingdom British Grand Prix Silverstone Italy Loris Reggiani South Africa Kork Ballington Germany Anton Mang United States Randy Mamola Report
9 17 August Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakian Grand Prix Brno Circuit France Guy Bertin Germany Anton Mang Germany Anton Mang Report
10 24 August Germany German 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 Team Machine Points Wins
1 United States Kenny Roberts Yamaha International YZR500 87 3
2 United States Randy Mamola Heron-Suzuki RG500 72 2
3 Italy Marco Lucchinelli Nava Gallina-Suzuki RG500 59 1
4 Italy Franco Uncini Uncini-Suzuki RG500 50 0
5 Italy Graziano Rossi Nava Gallina-Suzuki RG500 38 0
6 Netherlands Wil Hartog Riemersma Racing RG500 31 1
7 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Venemotos-Yamaha YZR500 31 0
8 New Zealand Graeme Crosby Heron-Suzuki RG500 29 0
9 Netherlands Jack Middelburg IMN-Yamaha YZR500 20 1
10 Japan Takazumi Katayama Honda-HRC RG500/NR500 18 0
11 Italy Carlo Perugini Team Gattina RG500 17
12 South Africa Kork Ballington Team Kawasaki KR500 13
13 Switzerland Philippe Coulon Frankonia-Suzuki RG500 11
14 Netherlands Boet Van Dulmen IMN-Yamaha YZR500 10
15 United Kingdom Barry Sheene Akai-Yamaha YZR500 10
16 France Patrick Pons Sonauto Gauloises-Yamaha YZR500 10
17 France Patrick Fernandez Ecurie Ste Pernod YZR500 4
18 France Michel Rougerie Ecurie Ste Pernod RG500 4
19 France Christian Estrosi Team Furygan Suzuki RG500 3
20 Netherlands Henk De Vries RG500 2
21 Japan Sadao Asami Yamaha International YZR500 2
22 Switzerland Michel Frutschi Elf-Yamaha YZR500 2
23 France Raymond Roche Sonauto Gauloises-Yamaha YZR500 1
24 Germany Gustav Reiner Nava Kucera Racing Team RG500 1
25 France Bernard Fau GME Motul GPA RG500 1
26 United Kingdom Dave Potter Mitsui-Yamaha YZR500 1
27 Switzerland Sergio Pellandini RG500 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]

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  • "The Official MotoGP website". Retrieved 2010-07-06.
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  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