Formula 750

Formula 750 was a FIM motorcycle road racing series based on a 750 cubic centimeter engine capacity.

Formula 750
CategoryMotorcycle racing
Inaugural season1973
Folded1979
Last Riders' championPatrick Pons

History

The series began in 1971 as a collaboration between the American Motorcyclist Association and the Auto Cycle Union.[2] The FIM adopted the Formula 750 class for events in 1972.[3]

In 1973 it became a British-based series. In 1975 the series was upgraded to European championship status and in 1977, it attained world championship status.[4]

The Formula 750 class was seen as possibly overtaking the 500cc Grand Prix class as the premier racing division. However, the ultimate domination by one model (the Yamaha TZ750) as well as the increasingly popular superbike production class meant that the FIM discontinued the class after the 1979 season.

Formula 750 champions

Source:[5]

Season Rider Manufacturer
1973 Barry Sheene Suzuki
1974 John Dodds Yamaha
1975 Jack Findlay Yamaha
1976 Víctor Palomo Yamaha
1977 Steve Baker Yamaha
1978 Johnny Cecotto Yamaha
1979 Patrick Pons Yamaha

References

  1. Motorcyclist Illustrated, June 1974. Rear page John Player Norton colour advertisement. "A new look, a new bike, and a new season." Accessed and added 2 October 2014
  2. Formula 750: A Progress Report. American Motorcyclist. Books.Google.com. August 1971. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  3. International Report. American Motorcyclist. Books.Google.com. December 1971. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  4. "FIM History Flash Back 1796-1979". FIM-live.com. Archived from the original on 18 February 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  5. "Formula 750 champions". racingmemo.free.fr. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
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