Fergus Anderson

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Fergus Anderson
Nationality British
Born (1909-02-09)9 February 1909
Died 6 May 1956(1956-05-06) (aged 47)
Floreffe, Belgium
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 1949 - 1954
First race 1949 250cc Swiss Grand Prix
Last race 1954 350cc Spanish Grand Prix
First win 1951 500cc Swiss Grand Prix
Last win 1954 350cc Spanish Grand Prix
Team(s) Moto Guzzi
Championships 350cc - 1953, 1954
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
26 12 24 0 11
Isle of Man TT career
TTs contested 5 (1939, 1951 - 1954)
TT wins 2
First TT win 1952 Lightweight TT
Last TT win 1953 Lightweight TT
Podiums 3

Fergus Kenrick Anderson (9 February 1909 – 6 May 1956) was a British professional motorcycle racer. He was a two-time Grand Prix World Champion.[1] His name appears on the Nazis' "most wanted" list drawn up prior to their intended invasion of Britain (published online as "Hitler's Black Book" by Forces War Records.)

Anderson was one of the first riders from Great Britain to make his living racing motorcycles on the European continent. In 1950 he signed with Moto Guzzi and competed in the 250cc class. He convinced Moto Guzzi to build a 350cc bike, initially of 320cc but later a proper full 350. He raced to the 1953 world championship in the bike's first year of competition. He repeated this feat as 350cc champion again in 1954. His 350cc world championship wins were the first by a non-British bike.

He retired from racing to become Moto Guzzi's team manager, but quit over a dispute over having a freer hand at running the team. He returned to racing and was offered a ride by the BMW factory. He was killed in 1956 after being thrown from his bike at a race in Belgium at Floreffe.[2]

Motorcycle Grand Prix results[edit]

1949 point system

Position 1 2 3 4 5 Fastest lap
Points 10 8 7 6 5 1

Points system from 1950 to 1968

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6
Points 8 6 4 3 2 1

5 best results were counted up until 1955.

(key) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Points Rank Wins
1949 250cc Moto Guzzi IOM
-
SUI
3
ULS
-
NAT
-
8 8th 0
1950 250cc Moto Guzzi IOM
-
SUI
-
ULS
-
NAT
2
6 3rd 0
1951 250cc Moto Guzzi ESP
-
SUI
-
IOM
NC
BEL
-
NED
-
FRA
4
ULS
-
NAT
-
3 8th 0
500cc Moto Guzzi ESP
-
SUI
1
IOM
-
BEL
-
NED
-
FRA
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
8 7th 1
1952 250cc Moto Guzzi SUI
1
IOM
1
NED
3
GER
-
ULS
-
NAT
3
24 2nd 2
1953 250cc Moto Guzzi IOM
1
NED
2
GER
-
ULS
3
SUI
3
NAT
-
ESP
3
22 4th 1
350cc Moto Guzzi IOM
3
NED
-
BEL
1
FRA
1
ULS
-
SUI
1
NAT
2
ESP
-
34 1st 3
500cc Moto Guzzi IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
-
FRA
-
ULS
-
SUI
-
NAT
-
ESP
1
8 9th 1
1954 250cc Moto Guzzi FRA
-
IOM
5
ULS
-
NED
-
GER
-
SUI
-
NAT
-
2 15th 0
350cc Moto Guzzi FRA
-
IOM
NC
ULS
-
BEL
2
NED
1
GER
-
SUI
1
NAT
1
ESP
1
38 1st 4
500cc Moto Guzzi FRA
-
IOM
NC
ULS
-
BEL
-
NED
2
GER
5
SUI
-
NAT
-
ESP
-
8 7th 0

References[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Heiner Fleischmann (1939)
350cc Motorcycle European Champion
1947
Succeeded by
Freddie Frith
Preceded by
Geoff Duke
350cc Motorcycle World Champion
1953—1954
Succeeded by
Bill Lomas