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GP year 1957 – Part 3

GP year 1957 – Part 3

The last third of the season began in Northern Ireland with Round 5 A season with countless injuries and far too many deaths was coming to an end with the last two World Championship events. Traditionally, the smallest classes in Belfast were only very sparsely populated and if some pilots dropped out, it was not […]

GP year 1957 – Part 2

GP year 1957 – Part 2

The second third of the season with round 3 of the World Championship After two of only 6 rounds since last year, the situation didn’t look particularly encouraging for all the defending champions before the TT continued on to Assen. Ubbiali had found a bitter opponent in Provini in the smallest class, who had already […]

GP year 1957 – Part 1

GP year 1957 – Part 1

Shrunken minimal edition with sparse participation Except for the drastically reduced number of manufacturers compared to the first from 1949 and the mid-1950s, one felt like one had been transported back to the early years of the motorcycle world championship. Mainly because the German factories and drivers were not allowed to take part in the […]

GP year 1956 – part 3

GP year 1956 – part 3

Return to Northern Ireland for the Ulster Grand Prix Not for the first time there was a race near Belfast in which not even all the points were achieved. The 125cc class was almost traditionally affected by this. For superstar and 500cc defending champion Geoff Duke, after two failures since Spa, the third race since […]

GP year 1956 – part 2

GP year 1956 – part 2

The second third of the season with the return of the superstar In the first part of the series about the 1956 season, we went into detail about why the best pilot of the first years of the World Championship was prevented from starting. Due to his officials, who were obsessed with their lust for […]

GP year 1956 – part 1

GP year 1956 – part 1

Return to minimalism With a calendar that only had six rounds, they finally responded to the unpleasantness that had been observed over several years, with numerous manufacturers not taking part in all of the events. In addition, this also eliminated the long overdue unpleasantness that, until before, many of the events had only advertised a […]

GP year 1955 – part 4

GP year 1955 – part 4

Bad news before the last quarter of the season Shortly before the Ulster Grand Prix, which took place in the second week of August, came the sad news of the fatal accident of the Spaniard Juan Bertrand Elizalde (sometimes just called Juan Bertrán). The Catalan, who was born in Barcelona in 1927, was the best […]

GP year 1955 – part 3

GP year 1955 – part 3

World Championship round 5 in the Ardennes For the seventh time in a row since the motorcycle world championship was introduced, the Belgian GP took place in Spa-Francorchamps. All classes have never competed here before and, for good reason, this should only change for the first time next year. In contrast to the eight rounds […]

GP year 1955 – part 2

GP year 1955 – part 2

The second quarter of the season with the Tourist Trophy After the French Grand Prix on one of the most boring tracks on the calendar in terms of its layout, along with the A1-Ring in Austria (later the Red Bull Ring), this time things really got down to business on the Isle of Man. The […]

GP year 1955 – part 1

GP year 1955 – part 1

The fourth season with German participation After the first three years of the World Championship from 1949 onwards seemed more like an international match between Italy and England, things became much more interesting from 1952 onwards. The most successful nation and its pilots in the last years before the Second World War brought in factories […]