Dickie Dale

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Dickie Dale
Nationality United Kingdom British
Born (1927-04-25)25 April 1927
Frampton, England
Died 30 April 1961(1961-04-30) (aged 34)
Bonn, West Germany
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 1949 - 1950, 1953 - 1960
First race 1950 250cc Swiss Grand Prix
Last race 1960 350cc Nations Grand Prix
First win 1954 500cc Spanish Grand Prix
Last win 1955 350cc Nations Grand Prix
Team(s) Benelli, Gilera, Moto Guzzi, MV Agusta
Championships 0
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
41 2 12 0 2 123

Richard H. Dale (25 April 1927 – 30 April 1961) was a Grand Prix motorcycle road racer born in Wyberton near Boston, Lincolnshire, England. In 1945 he was drafted into the RAF and served as a flight mechanic, and bought his first motorcycle, a 1939 AJS Silver Streak, while stationed at RAF Cranwell.[1]

He competed in the inaugural 1949 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. Dale was a victor in the 1951 North West 200. His best seasons were 1955 and 1956 when he finished in second place in the 350cc world championship, both times behind his Moto Guzzi teammate Bill Lomas.[2] Dale also competed in the 500cc class aboard Moto Guzzi's famous V8 Grand Prix bike. He died on the way to hospital in an unpressurized helicopter, after crashing during the 1961 Eifelrennen race at Nürburgring, Germany.[3]