John Newbold

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John Newbold
Nationality United Kingdom British
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 in Jacksdale - 15 May 1982 in Coleraine) He was only 27. He left a wife, Alison, and a four-year-old son, Michael. The former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. His best season was in 1976 when he finished in fifth place in the 500cc world championship riding a Suzuki motorcycle. Newbold won his only world championship race in 1976 at the 500cc Czechoslovakian Grand Prix. Newbold was brought up in South Normanton, where his parents ran a butchers shop. He got the bug riding on grass when he was 15. He quickly progressed from riding at Darley Moor on a bike loaned to him by Derby's John Cooper, to performing in front of 50,000 crowds at Silverstone. Ironically, a 'lucky' pools win allowed him to buy a bigger bike and break into the big time. He was a team-mate of the legendary Barry Sheene and Mick Grant at Suzuki. Newbold had a plate put in his leg after a fall at Oulton Park in 1979 but was fit enough to make his debut at the Isle of Mann TT's in 1981, finishing a creditable fourth and third. Newbold had some good scraps with his local rival, Henshaw, and was looking forward to doing battle with Joey Dunlop and Smalley's Ron Haslam in Ireland. The opening Superbike race held in the 1982 North West 200 at Coleraine circuit, was a round of the English based Motor Cycle News Superbike Championship.

Newbold ran into the rear tyre of Mick Grant's machine at 130mph on lap two, crashed into a wall at Juniper Hill and was killed instantly. Haslam (Honda) and Roger Marshall (Suzuki) withdrew from the remainder of the meeting, but Grant went on to win the race. This was the fifth fatality at Coleraine in the space of four years. As a result of Newbold's fatal accident, the course was changed and a chicane was introduced, to reduce the speed of machines around the final corner.[1][2] He won the 1978 North West 200 race in Northern Ireland. Newbold died after crashing at the 1982 North West 200.[3]

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