1949 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

1949 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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The 1949 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the inaugural F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix season. The season consisted of six Grand Prix races in five classes: 500cc, 350cc, 250cc, 125cc and Sidecars 600cc. It began on 17 June, with Isle of Man TT and ended with Nations Grand Prix on 4 September.

1949 Grand Prix season calendar

Round Date Grand Prix Circuit 125cc winner 250cc winner 350cc winner 500cc winner Sidecars 600cc winner Report
1 17 June Isle of Man Isle of Man TT Snaefell Mountain Republic of Ireland Manliff Barrington United Kingdom Freddie Frith United Kingdom Harold Daniell Report
2 3 July Switzerland Swiss Grand Prix Bremgarten Italy Nello Pagani Italy Bruno Ruffo United Kingdom Freddie Frith United Kingdom Leslie Graham United Kingdom Oliver / Jenkinson Report
3 9 July Netherlands Dutch TT Assen Italy Nello Pagani United Kingdom Freddie Frith Italy Nello Pagani Report
4 17 July Belgium Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps United Kingdom Freddie Frith United Kingdom Bill Doran United Kingdom Oliver / Jenkinson Report
5 20 August Ulster Ulster Grand Prix Clady United Kingdom Maurice Cann United Kingdom Freddie Frith United Kingdom Leslie Graham Report
6 4 September Italy Nations Grand Prix Monza Italy Gianni Leoni Italy Dario Ambrosini Italy Nello Pagani Italy / Report

Standings

Scoring system

Points were awarded to the top five finishers in each race with an extra point for the race finisher with the fastest lap. All rounds counted towards the championship in the 125cc, 250cc and Sidecar categories, while in the 350cc and 500cc championships, only the best three results counted.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   Fastest lap 
Points 10 8 7 6 5 1

500cc final standings

Pos Rider Machine MAN
Isle of Man
SUI
Switzerland
HOL
Netherlands
BEL
Belgium
ULS
Ulster
NAT
Italy
Pts
1 United Kingdom Leslie Graham AJS 10 1 2 Ret 1 Ret 30 (31)
2 Italy Nello Pagani Gilera 4 1 5 3 1 29 (40)
3 Italy Arciso Artesiani Gilera 2 3 2 Ret 2 25 (32)
4 United Kingdom Bill Doran AJS 8 Ret 1 4 3 23
5 United Kingdom Artie Bell Norton 4 Ret 4 4 2 20 (26)
6 United Kingdom Harold Daniell Norton 1 3 6 7 17
7 United Kingdom Johnny Lockett Norton 2 Ret 5 Ret Ret 13
8 Italy Enrico Lorenzetti Moto Guzzi 10 3 7
9 Republic of Ireland Ernie Lyons Velocette 3 7
10 Italy Gianni Leoni Moto Guzzi 6 Ret 6 4 6
11 New Zealand Syd Jensen Triumph 5 Ret 9 5
12 United Kingdom Freddie Frith Velocette Ret 5 Ret Ret 5
13 Italy Bruno Bertacchini Moto Guzzi Ret Ret 5 5
14 United Kingdom Jock West AJS 5 5
15 United Kingdom Ken Armstrong AJS 6 0
= United Kingdom Cromie McCandless Norton 6 0
= United Kingdom Fred Stevens Triumph 6 0
18 United Kingdom Velocette 7 Ret 10 0
19 United Kingdom Norton 18 7 0
20 Italy Umberto Masetti Gilera 7 Ret 0
21 Republic of Ireland Reg Armstrong AJS 7 0
= Italy Felice Benasedo Moto Guzzi 7 0
23 Australia Harry Hinton Norton 9 8 16 0
24 Australia Norton 31 Ret 8 Ret 0
25 Switzerland Norton 8 0
= Italy Moto Guzzi 8 0
= Republic of Ireland Triumph 8 0
28 Italy Gilera 9 Ret 15 0
29 Italy Sante Geminiani Moto Guzzi 9 0
= Switzerland Gilera 9 0
31 Italy Moto Guzzi 10 0
= Switzerland Norton 10 0
= Republic of Ireland Triumph 10 0
34 United Kingdom Arthur Wheeler Triumph Ret Ret 11 0
35 United Kingdom Norton 11 Ret 0
36 Italy Moto Guzzi 11 0
= Switzerland Benoit Musy Moto Guzzi 11 0
= Netherlands Triumph 11 0
38 United Kingdom Norton Ret 12 15 0
39 United Kingdom Norton 16 12 Ret Ret Ret 0
40 Italy Gilera 12 Ret 0
= United Kingdom Triumph 12 Ret 0
42 Italy Gilera 12 0
43 United Kingdom Triumph 13 9 0
44 United Kingdom Norton 13 0
= Hungary Gilera 13 0
= Italy Gilera 13 0
= Belgium Triumph 13 0
48 Italy Moto Guzzi 14 0
= Australia AJS 14 0
= Netherlands Norton 14 0
= Hungary László Szabó Gilera 14 0
= Belgium Triumph 14 0
53 United Kingdom Norton 15 0
= Netherlands BMW 15 0
55 United Kingdom Triumph 17 Ret 0
56 United Kingdom Norton 19 0
57 United Kingdom Norton 20 0
58 United Kingdom Triumph 21 0
59 United Kingdom Triumph 22 0
60 United Kingdom Bob Matthews Norton 23 0
61 United Kingdom Norton 24 0
62 United Kingdom John Purnell Norton 25 0
63 United Kingdom Norton 26 0
64 United Kingdom Norton 27 0
65 United Kingdom Norton 28 0
66 United Kingdom Norton 29 0
67 United Kingdom Jack Brett Norton 30 0
68 United Kingdom Norton 32 0
69 United Kingdom Norton 33 0
70 United Kingdom Triumph 34 0
71 United Kingdom Norton 35 0
- United Kingdom Bob Foster Moto Guzzi Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
- Italy Carlo Bandirola Gilera Ret Ret Ret 0
- United Kingdom Norton Ret Ret Ret 0
- United Kingdom Norton Ret Ret Ret 0
- United Kingdom Ted Frend AJS Ret Ret Ret 0
- United Kingdom Fergus Anderson Moto Guzzi Ret Ret 0
- Republic of Ireland Norton Ret Ret 0
- United Kingdom Triumph Ret Ret 0
- United Kingdom Norton Ret Ret 0
- United Kingdom Eric Oliver Norton Ret Ret 0
- United Kingdom Triumph Ret Ret 0
- United Kingdom David Whitworth Triumph Ret Ret 0
- Italy Dario Ambrosini Gilera Ret 0
- United Kingdom Syl Anderton Triumph Ret 0
- United Kingdom Norton Ret 0
- France Jean Behra Moto Guzzi Ret 0
- Italy Gilera Ret 0
- United Kingdom Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Charlie Brett Velocette Ret 0
- Italy Gilera Ret 0
- Republic of Ireland Norton Ret 0
- Spain Norton Ret 0
- Belgium Moto Guzzi Ret 0
- Czech Republic Juhan Franta Moto Guzzi Ret 0
- Belgium Triumph Ret 0
- United Kingdom Arthur Good Norton Ret 0
- Switzerland Moto Guzzi Ret 0
- Netherlands BMW Ret 0
- Belgium Roger Laurent Moto Guzzi Ret 0
- United Kingdom Triumph Ret 0
- United Kingdom Norton Ret 0
- Belgium Leon Martin Gilera Ret 0
- Republic of Ireland Triumph Ret 0
- Isle of Man Triumph Ret 0
- Italy Gilera Ret 0
- United Kingdom Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Triumph Ret 0
- United Kingdom Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Norton Ret 0
- Netherlands BMW Ret 0
- United Kingdom Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Norton Ret 0
- Italy Gilera Ret 0
- Netherlands Triumph Ret 0
- United Kingdom Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Norton Ret 0
Pos Rider Bike MAN
United Kingdom
SUI
Switzerland
HOL
Netherlands
BEL
Belgium
ULS
Ulster
NAT
Italy
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

Constructors' 500cc World Championship

Pos Constructor Isle of Man Switzerland Netherlands Belgium Ulster Italy Pts
1 United Kingdom AJS 6 1 2 1 1 3 32 (48)
2 Italy Gilera 2 1 2 3 1 31 (46)
3 United Kingdom Norton 1 3 4 4 2 Ret 25 (37)
4 Italy Moto Guzzi Ret 6 10 3 Ret 4 13
5 United Kingdom Velocette 3 5 Ret 10 12
6 United Kingdom Triumph 5 Ret 11 9 8 Ret 5
Germany BMW 15 0

350cc final standings

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 United Kingdom Freddie Frith United Kingdom Velocette 33 5
2 Republic of Ireland Reg Armstrong Ireland AJS 18 0
3 United Kingdom Bob Foster United Kingdom Velocette 16 0
4 Australia Australia AJS 16 0
5 United Kingdom Johnny Lockett United Kingdom Norton 14 0
6 United Kingdom David Whitworth United Kingdom Velocette 12 0
7 United Kingdom Leslie Graham United Kingdom AJS 8 0
8 Republic of Ireland Ernie Lyons Ireland Velocette 8 0
9 United Kingdom United Kingdom Velocette 8 0
10 United Kingdom Bill Doran United Kingdom AJS 7 0

250cc final standings

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 Italy Bruno Ruffo Italy Moto Guzzi 24 1
2 Italy Dario Ambrosini Italy Benelli 19 1
3 United Kingdom United Kingdom Norton 13 0
4 United Kingdom Maurice Cann United Kingdom Moto Guzzi 11 1
5 Italy Italy Moto Guzzi 11 0
6 Republic of Ireland Manliff Barrington Ireland Moto Guzzi 10 1
7 United Kingdom Tommy Wood United Kingdom Moto Guzzi 9 0
8 United Kingdom Fergus Anderson United Kingdom Moto Guzzi 8 0
9 Italy Gianni Leoni Italy Moto Guzzi 8 0
10 Italy Umberto Masetti Italy Benelli 7 0

125cc final standings

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 Italy Nello Pagani Italy Mondial 27 2
2 Italy Italy Morini 14 0
3 Italy Umberto Masetti Italy Morini 13 0
4 Italy Carlo Ubbiali Italy MV Agusta 13 0
5 Italy Gianni Leoni Italy Mondial 11 1
6 Italy Italy Mondial 8 0
7 Italy Italy Mondial 7 0
8 Italy Italy Mondial 7 0
9 Italy Italy MV Agusta 6 0
10 Italy Italy MV Agusta 5 0

Sidecar final standings

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 United Kingdom Eric Oliver / Denis Jenkinson UK Norton 27 2
2 Italy / Italy Gilera 18 1
3 BelgiumUnited Kingdom / Belgium/United Kingdom Norton 16 0
4 Italy / Italy Gilera 13 0
5 Italy / Italy Gilera 12 1
6 Switzerland / Switzerland Norton 8 0
7 Switzerland Roland Benz / Switzerland BMW 6 0
8 Switzerland / Switzerland Gilera 6 0
9 United Kingdom Pip Harris / United Kingdom Norton 5 0

References

  • Büla, Maurice & Schertenleib, Jean-Claude (2001). Continental Circus 1949–2000. Chronosports S.A. ISBN 2-940125-32-5
  • "The Official MotoGP website". Retrieved 2010-07-06.