Barry Smith (motorcyclist)

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Barry Smith
Huldiging van Barry Smith, de winnaar van de 50cc en links Jan de Vries, de best, Bestanddeelnr 922-5816.jpg
Barry Smith (right) after winning at Assen in 1969.
Born (1940-03-08) 8 March 1940 (age 78)
Macclesfield, England
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years1965 - 1969, 1971, 1979, 1980 - 1981
First race1965 Spanish Grand Prix
Last race1981 125cc Argentine Grand Prix
First win1968 Isle of Man 50cc Ultra-Lightweight TT
Last win1979 125cc Belgian Grand Prix
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
30 4 10 N/A 2 174

Barry Smith (born 8 March 1940) is an Australian former professional Grand Prix motorcycle road racer.[1]

Motorcycle racing career[edit]

Smith was born in Macclesfield, England where he bought his first motorcycle, a 250cc BSA.[2] By 1959, his family had emigrated to Australia and Smith began motorcycle racing against Australian riders such as Kel Carruthers and Tom Phillis.[2]

The need for more competition led Smith back to Europe where he competed in the Grand Prix world championships from 1963 to 1981.[1][2] His best seasons were in 1968 and 1969 when he finished third in the 50cc world championship.[1] He also won the 1968 Isle of Man 50cc Ultra-Lightweight TT, achieving the first Grand Prix win for Spanish manufacturer Derbi.[3]

Smith won three consecutive victories in the Formula III Class at the Isle of Man TT from 1979 to 1981.[3] He also won the 1979 and 1981 Formula III Class in the Formula TT world championship.[4][5] Smith also won the 125 Australian national championships in 1978 and 1981. He retired in 1983 after 25 years of competitive racing. Smith won four Grand Prix races during his career.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Barry Smith career statistics at". Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Whispering Smith: Barry Smith World Champion". Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Barry Smith Isle of Man TT statistics at". Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  4. ^ "1979 Formula TT Results". Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  5. ^ "1981 Formula TT Results". Retrieved 10 July 2018.

External links[edit]

Book Review: Whispering Smith: Barry Smith World Champion

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bill Smith
TT Formula Three World Champion
Succeeded by
Ron Haslam
Preceded by
Ron Haslam
TT Formula Three World Champion
Succeeded by