John Newbold

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John Newbold
Nationality British
Born (1952-12-14)14 December 1952
Died 15 May 1982(1982-05-15) (aged 29)
Coleraine, Northern Ireland
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 1974 - 1980
First race 1974 350cc Dutch TT
Last race 1980 500cc British Grand Prix
First win 1976 500cc Czechoslovakian Grand Prix
Last win 1976 500cc Czechoslovakian Grand Prix
Championships 0
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
15 1 2 0 1 72

John Newbold (14 December 1952 - 15 May 1982) was an English professional Grand Prix motorcycle road racer.[1]

Newbold was born in Jacksdale where his parents ran a butchers shop and brought up in South Normanton, England.[2] He began riding motorcycles on grass when he was 15.[2] He progressed from riding at Darley Moor on a bike loaned to him by John Cooper, to performing in front of 50,000 crowds at Silverstone Circuit.[2]

His best season was in 1976 when he finished in fifth place in the 500cc world championship riding a Suzuki motorcycle.[3] Newbold won his only world championship race in 1976 at the 500cc Czechoslovakian Grand Prix.[4] He was a team-mate of Barry Sheene and Mick Grant at Suzuki.[2]

Newbold won the 1978 North West 200 race in Northern Ireland.[5] He made his debut at the Isle of Man TT in 1981, finishing a creditable fourth and third.[6] Also in 1981, Newbold was the top points scorer for Great Britain in the Transatlantic Trophy competition between British and American riders of the day.[citation needed] Newbold was killed after colliding with Mick Grant at the 1982 North West 200 in Coleraine.[2][7]


  1. ^ "Quick and Quiet". On Two Wheels. London: Orbis. 4 (59): 1173–1174. 1976–1979. ISSN 0309-5584. OCLC 499097539. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Henshaw was 150th victim on Isle of Man". Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "John Newbold MotoGP statistics". Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "1976 Czechoslovakian Grand Prix". Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "1970s North West 200 results". Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "John Newbold Isle of Man TT results". Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "John Newbold at Motorsport Memorial". Retrieved 6 February 2016.