Belgian motorcycle Grand Prix

The Belgian motorcycle Grand Prix is a motorcycling event that was part of the Grand Prix motorcycle racing season from 1949 to 1990.

Belgian Grand Prix
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
VenueCircuit de Spa-Francorchamps (1921-1922, 1924-1935, 1937-1939, 1947-1979, 1981-1990)
Dinant-Feschaux (1923)
Floreffe (1936)
Circuit Zolder (1980)
First race1921
Last race1990
Most wins (rider)Giacomo Agostini (8)
Most wins (manufacturer)MV Agusta (26)

History

The first official Belgian grand prix was held in 1949, but non-championship races were held as far back as 1921.

Every Belgian GP was held at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, with the exception of the 1980 season when the round moved to the Zolder circuit due to problems with the new asphalt at Spa-Francorchamps in 1979.[1] After the problems were resolved, Spa-Francorchamps became the host again from 1981 onwards.

The last race was held in 1990, and was subject to controversy. At the time, the FIM–IRTA war was raging on, and the Belgian Grand Prix became a casualty of this. Bernie Ecclestone decided to double the ticket prices for the 1989 Belgian Grand Prix compared to the 1989 Dutch TT which was held a week earlier. This was much to the anger of the Belgian fans and as a result of this, many fans stayed at home for the 1990 Belgian Grand Prix. This drop in spectators, in combination with the race being held on a Saturday rather than a Sunday (which was similar to the Dutch TT at the time), caused the Belgian GP to be scrapped from the 1991 season onwards.[2][3]

Currently, Spa is not suitable for motorcycle racing, and does not have an FIM licence. There is active discussion between the FIM and the circuit to make improvements to the circuit to make it suitable for motorcycle racing in time for the 2021-22 endurance season, but after a fatality during the Formula One car event in 2019, circuit officials have discussed accelerating the improvements in order to bring an FIM certified event to Spa. [4]

Winners of the Belgian motorcycle Grand Prix

Multiple winners (riders)

# Wins Rider Wins
Category Years won
8 Giacomo Agostini 500 cc 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973
6 John Surtees 500 cc 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960
350 cc 1956, 1958
Ángel Nieto 125 cc 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1980
50 cc 1972
5 Wal Handley 500 cc 1934
350 cc 1925, 1929
250 cc 1923, 1933
Jimmie Guthrie 500 cc 1935, 1936, 1937
350 cc 1931, 1933
Mike Hailwood 500 cc 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965
350 cc 1966
4 Jimmie Simpson 500 cc 1926
350 cc 1927, 1932, 1934
Arthur Geiß 250 cc 1935, 1936
175 cc 1927, 1928
Ted Mellors 350 cc 1936, 1939
250 cc 1931, 1932
Geoff Duke 500 cc 1951, 1954
350 cc 1951, 1952
Carlo Ubbiali 250 cc 1956, 1960
125 cc 1956, 1959
Freddie Spencer 500 cc 1982, 1984, 1985
250 cc 1985
3 Jock Porter 250 cc 1925, 1926, 1929
Syd Crabtree 250 cc 1927, 1928, 1930
Stanley Woods 500 cc 1927, 1931, 1932
Yvan Goor 175 cc 1930, 1933, 1934
John White 350 cc 1935, 1937, 1938
Umberto Masetti 500 cc 1950, 1952, 1953
Ernst Degner 125 cc 1960
50 cc 1962, 1965
Phil Read 500 cc 1974, 1975
250 cc 1968
Anton Mang 250 cc 1980, 1981, 1982
Ricardo Tormo 125 cc 1982
50 cc 1978, 1981
2 Geoff Davison 250 cc 1922
175 cc 1924
Alec Bennett 500 cc 1924, 1925
Charlie Dodson 500 cc 1928, 1929
Eric Fernihough 175 cc 1931, 1932
Henry Tyrell-Smith 500 cc 1930
250 cc 1934
Ewald Kluge 250 cc 1938, 1939
Georg Meier 500 cc 1938, 1939
Bob Foster 350 cc 1948, 1950
Luigi Taveri 125 cc 1961, 1962
Jim Redman 350 cc 1961, 1965
Hans Georg Anscheidt 50 cc 1967, 1968
Jan de Vries 50 cc 1971, 1973
Barry Sheene 500 cc 1977
125 cc 1971
Walter Villa 250 cc 1976, 1977
Pier Paolo Bianchi 125 cc 1977, 1978
Paolo Pileri 250 cc 1978
125 cc 1975
Barry Smith 125 cc 1979
50 cc 1969
Eugenio Lazzarini 125 cc 1983
50 cc 1977
Stefan Dörflinger 80 cc 1984
50 cc 1980
Randy Mamola 500 cc 1980, 1986
Sito Pons 250 cc 1986, 1988
Hans Spaan 125 cc 1989, 1990

Multiple winners (manufacturers)

# Wins Manufacturer Wins
Category Years won
26 MV Agusta 500 cc 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975
350 cc 1956, 1958
250 cc 1956, 1957, 1960
125 cc 1956, 1959
24 Norton 500 cc 1921, 1924, 1925, 1927, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1947, 1948, 1951
350 cc 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1938, 1947, 1951, 1952
16 Honda 500 cc 1982, 1984, 1985
250 cc 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989
125 cc 1961, 1962, 1989, 1990
50 cc 1964
15 Yamaha 500 cc 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990
250 cc 1963, 1964, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1990
14 Suzuki 500 cc 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981
125 cc 1963, 1971
50 cc 1962, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1971
10 DKW 250 cc 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939
175 cc 1927, 1928, 1930, 1937, 1938
6 Gilera 500 cc 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1957
Moto Guzzi 350 cc 1953, 1954, 1955, 1957
250 cc 1933, 1947
Kreidler 50 cc 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1980
Derbi 125 cc 1970, 1972, 1974, 1988
50 cc 1969, 1972
5 Velocette 350 cc 1936, 1939, 1948, 1949, 1950
Kawasaki 250 cc 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982
125 cc 1969
4 AJS 500 cc 1926, 1949
350 cc 1926, 1927
Excelsior 250 cc 1928, 1930
175 cc 1931, 1932
Morbidelli 250 cc 1978
125 cc 1975, 1977, 1979
3 New Gerrard 250 cc 1925, 1926, 1929
Rudge 500 cc 1930
350 cc 1930
250 cc 1934
Bultaco 125 cc 1976
50 cc 1978, 1981
2 Levis 250 cc 1922
175 cc 1924
PA-Blackburne 350 cc 1924
250 cc 1924
Rex-Acme 350 cc 1925
250 cc 1923
Ready-Blackburne 175 cc 1925, 1926
Sunbeam 500 cc 1928, 1929
New Imperial 250 cc 1931, 1932
Benelli 175 cc 1933, 1934
BMW 500 cc 1938, 1939
MZ 250 cc 1971
125 cc 1960
Harley-Davidson 250 cc 1976, 1977
Minarelli 125 cc 1978, 1980
Garelli 125 cc 1983, 1985

By year

A pink background indicates an event that was not part of the Grand Prix motorcycle racing championship.

Year Track 125 cc 250 cc 500 cc Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
1990 Spa-Francorchamps Hans Spaan Honda John Kocinski Yamaha Wayne Rainey Yamaha Report
Year Track 80 cc 125 cc 250 cc 500 cc Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
1989 Spa-Francorchamps Hans Spaan Honda Jacques Cornu Honda Eddie Lawson Yamaha Report
1988 Spa-Francorchamps Jorge Martínez Derbi Sito Pons Honda Wayne Gardner Yamaha Report
1986 Spa-Francorchamps Domenico Brigaglia Ducados-MBA Sito Pons Honda Randy Mamola Yamaha Report
1985 Spa-Francorchamps Fausto Gresini Garelli Freddie Spencer Honda Freddie Spencer Honda Report
1984 Spa-Francorchamps Stefan Dörflinger Zündapp Manfred Herweh Real-Rotax Freddie Spencer Honda Report
Year Track 50 cc 125 cc 250 cc 500 cc Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
1983 Spa-Francorchamps Eugenio Lazzarini Garelli Didier de Radiguès Chevallier-Yamaha Kenny Roberts Yamaha Report
Year Track 50 cc 125 cc 250 cc 350 cc 500 cc Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
1982 Spa-Francorchamps Ricardo Tormo Sanvenero Anton Mang Kawasaki Freddie Spencer Honda Report
1981 Spa-Francorchamps Ricardo Tormo Bultaco Anton Mang Kawasaki Marco Lucchinelli Suzuki Report
1980 Zolder Stefan Dörflinger Kreidler Ángel Nieto Minarelli Anton Mang Kawasaki Randy Mamola Suzuki Report
1979 Spa-Francorchamps Henk van Kessel Sparta Barry Smith Morbidelli Edi Stöllinger Kawasaki Dennis Ireland Suzuki Report
1978 Spa-Francorchamps Ricardo Tormo Bultaco Pier Paolo Bianchi Minarelli Paolo Pileri Morbidelli Wil Hartog Suzuki Report
1977 Spa-Francorchamps Eugenio Lazzarini Kreidler Pier Paolo Bianchi Morbidelli Walter Villa Harley-Davidson Barry Sheene Suzuki Report
1976 Spa-Francorchamps Herbert Rittberger Kreidler Ángel Nieto Bultaco Walter Villa Harley-Davidson John Williams Suzuki Report
1975 Spa-Francorchamps Julien van Zeebroeck Kreidler Paolo Pileri Morbidelli Johnny Cecotto Yamaha Phil Read MV Agusta Report
1974 Spa-Francorchamps Gerhard Thurow Kreidler Ángel Nieto Derbi Kent Andersson Yamaha Phil Read MV Agusta Report
1973 Spa-Francorchamps Jan de Vries Kreidler Jos Schurgers Bridgestone Teuvo Länsivuori Yamaha Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta Report
1972 Spa-Francorchamps Ángel Nieto Derbi Ángel Nieto Derbi Jarno Saarinen Yamaha Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta Report
1971 Spa-Francorchamps Jan de Vries Suzuki Barry Sheene Suzuki Silvio Grassetti MZ Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta Report
1970 Spa-Francorchamps Aalt Toersen Jamathi Ángel Nieto Derbi Rod Gould Yamaha Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta Report
1969 Spa-Francorchamps Barry Smith Derbi Dave Simmonds Kawasaki Santiago Herrero Ossa Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta Report
1968 Spa-Francorchamps Hans Georg Anscheidt Suzuki Phil Read Yamaha Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta Report
1967 Spa-Francorchamps Hans Georg Anscheidt Suzuki Bill Ivy Yamaha Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta Report
1966 Spa-Francorchamps Mike Hailwood Honda Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta Report
1965 Spa-Francorchamps Ernst Degner Suzuki Jim Redman Honda Mike Hailwood MV Agusta Report
1964 Spa-Francorchamps Ralph Bryans Honda Mike Duff Yamaha Mike Hailwood MV Agusta Report
1963 Spa-Francorchamps Isao Morishita Suzuki Bert Schneider Suzuki Fumio Ito Yamaha Mike Hailwood MV Agusta Report
1962 Spa-Francorchamps Ernst Degner Suzuki Luigi Taveri Honda Bob McIntyre Honda Mike Hailwood MV Agusta Report
Year Track 125 cc 250 cc 350 cc 500 cc Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
1961 Spa-Francorchamps Luigi Taveri Honda Jim Redman Honda Gary Hocking MV Agusta Report
1960 Spa-Francorchamps Ernst Degner MZ Carlo Ubbiali MV Agusta John Surtees MV Agusta Report
1959 Spa-Francorchamps Carlo Ubbiali MV Agusta John Surtees MV Agusta Report
1958 Spa-Francorchamps Alberto Gandossi Ducati John Surtees MV Agusta John Surtees MV Agusta Report
1957 Spa-Francorchamps Tarquinio Provini FB-Mondial John Hartle MV Agusta Keith Campbell Moto Guzzi Libero Liberati Gilera Report
1956 Spa-Francorchamps Carlo Ubbiali MV Agusta Carlo Ubbiali MV Agusta John Surtees MV Agusta John Surtees MV Agusta Report
1955 Spa-Francorchamps Bill Lomas Moto Guzzi Giuseppe Colnago Gilera Report
1954 Spa-Francorchamps Ken Kavanagh Moto Guzzi Geoff Duke Gilera Report
1953 Spa-Francorchamps Fergus Anderson Moto Guzzi Umberto Masetti Gilera Report
1952 Spa-Francorchamps Geoff Duke Norton Umberto Masetti Gilera Report
1951 Spa-Francorchamps Geoff Duke Norton Geoff Duke Norton Report
1950 Spa-Francorchamps Bob Foster Velocette Umberto Masetti Gilera Report
1949 Spa-Francorchamps Freddie Frith Velocette Bill Doran AJS Report
1948 Spa-Francorchamps Bob Foster Velocette Johnny Lockett Norton Report
1947 Spa-Francorchamps Bruno Francisci Moto Guzzi Ken Bills Norton Harold Daniell Norton Report
Year Track 175 cc 250 cc 350 cc 500 cc Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
1939 Spa-Francorchamps Ewald Kluge DKW Ted Mellors Velocette Georg Meier BMW Report
1938 Spa-Francorchamps Léon Neumann DKW Ewald Kluge DKW John White Norton Georg Meier BMW Report
1937 Spa-Francorchamps Bernhard Petruschke DKW Walfried Winkler DKW John White Norton Jimmie Guthrie Norton Report
1936 Floreffe Jean Térigi MM Arthur Geiß DKW Ted Mellors Velocette Jimmie Guthrie Norton Report
1935 Spa-Francorchamps Maurice van Geert Rush-Python Arthur Geiß DKW John White Norton Jimmie Guthrie Norton Report
1934 Spa-Francorchamps Yvan Goor Benelli Henry Tyrell-Smith Rudge Jimmie Simpson Norton Wal Handley Norton Report
1933 Spa-Francorchamps Yvan Goor Benelli Wal Handley Moto Guzzi Jimmie Guthrie Norton Tim Hunt Norton Report
1932 Spa-Francorchamps Eric Fernihough Excelsior Ted Mellors New Imperial Jimmie Simpson Norton Stanley Woods Norton Report
1931 Spa-Francorchamps Eric Fernihough Excelsior Ted Mellors New Imperial Jimmie Guthrie Norton Stanley Woods Norton Report
1930 Spa-Francorchamps Yvan Goor DKW Syd Crabtree Excelsior Ernie Nott Rudge Henry Tyrell-Smith Rudge Report
1929 Spa-Francorchamps Bert Kershaw James Jock Porter New Gerrard Wal Handley Motosacoche Charlie Dodson Sunbeam Report
1928 Spa-Francorchamps Arthur Geiß DKW Syd Crabtree Excelsior J. Treborg La Mondiale-Blackburne Charlie Dodson Sunbeam Report
1927 Spa-Francorchamps Arthur Geiß DKW Syd Crabtree Crabtree-JAP Jimmie Simpson AJS Stanley Woods Norton Report
1926 Spa-Francorchamps René Milhoux Ready-Blackburne Jock Porter New Gerrard Frank Longman AJS Jimmie Simpson AJS Report
1925 Spa-Francorchamps Norbert Vanneste Ready-Blackburne Jock Porter New Gerrard Wal Handley Rex-Acme Alec Bennett Norton Report
1924 Spa-Francorchamps Geoff Davison Levis Bert Taylor PA-Blackburne Paddy Johnston PA-Blackburne Alec Bennett Norton Report
1923 Dinant-Feschaux Wal Handley Rex-Acme Jean Huynen FN Freddie Dixon Indian Report
1922 Spa-Francorchamps Geoff Davison Levis E. Remington Rush-Blackburne Gaston Antoine Triumph Report
1921 Spa-Francorchamps René Kieken Gillet Hubert Hassall Norton Report

References

  • "Grand Prix of Belgium" (in French). Racing Memory. Retrieved 2008-04-06.

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