1961 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

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Gary Hocking, the 1961 350cc and 500cc World Champion. Gary Hocking (1961).jpg
Gary Hocking, the 1961 350cc and 500cc World Champion.
Mike Hailwood (pictured in 1967) won his first out of 9 World Championship titles in the 250cc class in 1961. Mike Hailwood.jpg
Mike Hailwood (pictured in 1967) won his first out of 9 World Championship titles in the 250cc class in 1961.
Tom Phillis won the title in the 125cc class. 125cc-race nummer 26 Tom Phillis op Honda, Bestanddeelnr 912-6405.jpg
Tom Phillis won the title in the 125cc class.

The 1961 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 13th F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix season. The season consisted of eleven Grand Prix races in five classes: 500cc, 350cc, 250cc, 125cc and Sidecars 500cc. It began on 23 April, with Spanish Grand Prix and ended with Argentine Grand Prix on 15 October.

Contents

1961 Grand Prix season calendar

RoundDateGrand PrixCircuit125cc winner250cc winner350cc winner500cc winnerSidecars 500cc winnerReport
123 April Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg Spanish Grand Prix Montjuïc circuit Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tom Phillis Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953-1963).svg Gary Hocking Flag of Germany.svg Fath / Wohlgemuth Report
214 May Flag of Germany.svg West German Grand Prix Hockenheimring Flag of East Germany.svg Ernst Degner Flag of Japan.svg Kunimitsu Takahashi Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Frantisek Stastny Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953-1963).svg Gary Hocking Flag of Germany.svg Deubel / Hörner Report
321 May Flag of France.svg French Grand Prix Charade Circuit Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tom Phillis Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tom Phillis Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953-1963).svg Gary Hocking Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg Flag of Germany.svg Scheidegger / Burkhardt Report
412 June Flag of the Isle of Man.svg Isle of Man TT Snaefell Mountain Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mike Hailwood Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mike Hailwood Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Phil Read Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mike Hailwood Flag of Germany.svg Deubel / Hörner Report
524 June Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dutch TT TT Circuit Assen Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tom Phillis Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mike Hailwood Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953-1963).svg Gary Hocking Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953-1963).svg Gary Hocking Flag of Germany.svg Deubel / Hörner Report
62 July Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg Luigi Taveri Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953-1963).svg Jim Redman Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953-1963).svg Gary Hocking Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg Flag of Germany.svg Scheidegger / Burkhardt Report
730 July Flag of East Germany.svg East German Grand Prix Sachsenring Flag of East Germany.svg Ernst Degner Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mike Hailwood Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953-1963).svg Gary Hocking Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953-1963).svg Gary Hocking Report
812 August Ulster Banner.svg Ulster Grand Prix Dundrod Circuit Flag of Japan.svg Kunimitsu Takahashi Flag of Scotland.svg Bob McIntyre Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953-1963).svg Gary Hocking Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953-1963).svg Gary Hocking Report
93 September Flag of Italy.svg Nations Grand Prix Monza Flag of East Germany.svg Ernst Degner Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953-1963).svg Jim Redman Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953-1963).svg Gary Hocking Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mike Hailwood Report
1017 September Flag of Sweden.svg Swedish Grand Prix Råbelövsbanan Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg Luigi Taveri Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mike Hailwood Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Frantisek Stastny Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953-1963).svg Gary Hocking Report
1115 October Flag of Argentina.svg Argentine Grand Prix Buenos Aires Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tom Phillis Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tom Phillis Flag of Argentina.svg Jorge Kissling Report

Standings

Scoring system

Points were awarded to the top six finishers in each race. Only the best of six races were counted in 125cc, 250cc, 350cc and 500cc championships, while in the Sidecars, the best of four were counted.

Position 1st  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th 
Points864321

500cc final standings

PosRiderMachine GER
Flag of Germany.svg
FRA
Flag of France.svg
MAN
Flag of the Isle of Man.svg
HOL
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
BEL
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
DDR
Flag of East Germany.svg
ULS
Ulster Banner.svg
NAC
Flag of Italy.svg
SWE
Flag of Sweden.svg
ARG
Flag of Argentina.svg
Pts
1 Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953-1963).svg Gary Hocking MV Agusta 11Ret1111Ret148 (56)
2 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mike Hailwood Norton / MV Agusta 42122221240 (55)
3 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Frank Perris Norton 25RetRet3316
4 Flag of Scotland.svg Bob McIntyre Norton 23314
5 Flag of Scotland.svg Alistair King Norton 432Ret13
6 Flag of Austria.svg Bert Schneider Norton 18Ret3549
7 Flag of Argentina.svg Jorge Kissling Matchless 18
8 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ron Langston Matchless 554Ret7
9 Flag of Argentina.svg Juan Carlos Salatino Norton 26
10 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Paddy Driver Norton RetRet6Ret35
11 Canadian Red Ensign (1957-1965).svg Mike Duff Matchless 1441055
12 Flag of Germany.svg Hans-Günter Jäger BMW / Norton 384
13 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tom Phillis Norton 3Ret4
14 Flag of France.svg Antoine Paba Norton 34
15 Flag of Australia (converted).svg John Farnsworth Matchless / Norton 3849Ret3
16 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Phil Read Norton Ret4Ret3
17 Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg Gyula Marsovszky Norton 4Ret3
18 Flag of Italy.svg Alberto Pagani Norton 43
= Flag of Argentina.svg Juan Perkins Norton 43
20 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jack Findlay Norton DNSDNS8586Ret3
21 Flag of Germany.svg Ernst Hiller BMW / Matchless 519Ret11Ret2
22 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Peter Chatterton Norton 2052
23 Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg Fritz Masserli Matchless 5442
24 Flag of Argentina.svg Eduardo Salatino Norton 52
25 Flag of New Zealand.svg Peter Pawson Matchless / Norton 8Ret761
26 Flag of Germany.svg Roland Föll Matchless 86Ret111
27 Flag of Germany.svg Lothar John BMW 610149101
28 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Ron Miles Norton 126NEL1
29 Ulster Banner.svg Tom Thorp Norton 1361
30 Flag of Finland.svg Anssi Resko Norton / Matchless 6111
31 Flag of Uruguay.svg Horacio Costas Norton 61
= Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tony Godfrey Norton 61
33 Flag of Germany.svg Karl Hoppe Norton Ret71170
34 Ulster Banner.svg Tommy Robb Matchless Ret780
35 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Roy Ingram Norton 710Ret0
36 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Vernon Cottle Norton 72111120
37 Flag of Austria.svg Rudi Thalhammer Norton 1170
38 Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953-1963).svg Tommy Robinson Norton 7Ret0
39 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Raphaël Orinel Norton 70
40 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Trevor Pound Norton 890
41 Flag of France.svg Jacques Insermini Norton 1211Ret8Ret0
42 Flag of France.svg Louis Bernagozzi Norton 80
43 Flag of Germany.svg Rudolf Gläser Norton RetRet159Ret0
44 Flag of Austria.svg Edy Lenz Norton 4590
45 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ellis Boyce Norton 9Ret0
46 Flag of France.svg Rene Goetz BSA 90
= Flag of Germany.svg Klaus Hamelmann Norton 90
48 Flag of Germany.svg Heinz Kauert Matchless 10Ret0
= Flag of Germany.svg Toni Schmitz Norton RetRet100
50 Flag of France.svg Georges Comy Norton 100
= Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Fred Stevens Norton 100
= Flag of Italy.svg Roberto Vigorito Norton 100
53 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Peter Horton Norton 11Ret0
= Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jack Bullock Norton 110
55 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Alf Shaw Norton 41120
56 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Geoffrey Tanner Norton RetRet120
57 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Dan Shorey Norton Ret120
58 Flag of Germany.svg Joachim Claus Norton 120
= Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg Bruno Hofmann Norton 120
= Flag of Italy.svg Benedetto Zambotti Gilera 120
61 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Anton Elbersen BMW 130
= Flag of Sweden.svg Sven-Olov Gunnarsson Norton 130
= Ulster Banner.svg Tommy Holmes Matchless 130
= Flag of Italy.svg Emanuele Maugliani Gilera 130
= Flag of East Germany.svg Johannes Müller Norton 130
= Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Jules Nies Norton 130
67 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Joop Vegelzang Norton 14150
68 Flag of Sweden.svg Bror-Erland Carlsson Matchless / AJS Ret140
69 Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Alfonz Breznik Gilera 140
= Ulster Banner.svg Jimmy Jones Norton 140
71 Ulster Banner.svg John Brown Norton 150
= Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Anthony Horton Norton 150
= Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Brian Setchell Norton 150
74 Ulster Banner.svg Campbell Donaghy BSA 160
= Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Derek Powell Matchless 160
76 Ulster Banner.svg Martin Brosnan Norton 170
= Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bill Smith Matchless 170
78 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Dennis Craig Matchless 37180
79 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg George Catlin Matchless 190
80 Ulster Banner.svg Billy McCosh Matchless 220
81 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Monty Buxton Norton 230
82 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Don Chapman Norton 24Ret0
83 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mike O'Rourke Norton 250
84 Flag of Ireland.svg George Purvis Matchless 260
85 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Arthur Wheeler Matchless 270
86 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Harold Riley BSA 280
87 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Den Jarman AJS 290
88 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Derek Minter Norton 300
89 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Louis Carr Norton 310
90 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Alan Dugdale Matchless 320
91 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ronald Cousins Norton 330
92 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Geoff Eccles BSA 340
93 Canadian Red Ensign (1957-1965).svg Dave Wildman AJS 350
94 Flag of Sweden.svg Billy Andersson AJS 360
95 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Albert Moule Norton 390
96 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bill Robertson AJS 400
97 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Simmonds Matchless 420
98 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Maurice Gittins Norton 430
- Flag of New Zealand.svg Hugh Anderson Norton RetRetRet0
- Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Hartle Norton RetRetRet0
- Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953-1963).svg William Van Leeuwen Norton RetRetRet0
- Flag of Germany.svg Hans Pesl Norton RetRet0
- Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Chris Anderson Norton Ret0
- Flag of the United Kingdom.svg R. Bennett Norton Ret0
- Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Richard Brinnand Norton Ret0
- Ulster Banner.svg Ralph Bryans Norton Ret0
- Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Roly Capner BSA Ret0
- Flag of the United States.svg Fred Chase Norton Ret0
- Flag of Italy.svg Artemio Cirelli Gilera Ret0
- Flag of Italy.svg Gianfranco Demeniconi Norton Ret0
- Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Graham Downes Matchless Ret0
- Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Peter Evans Matchless Ret0
- Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Harry Grant BSA Ret0
- Flag of Germany.svg Alois Huber BMW Ret0
- Ulster Banner.svg Len Ireland Norton Ret0
- Flag of France.svg Pierre James Norton Ret0
- Flag of Italy.svg Vasco Loro Norton Ret0
- Flag of Italy.svg Giuseppe Mantelli Gilera Ret0
- Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Peter Middleton Norton Ret0
- Flag of Italy.svg Gilberto Milani Norton Ret0
- Flag of the United Kingdom.svg George Northwood Norton Ret0
- Flag of Germany.svg Karl Recktenwald Norton Ret0
- Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ralph Rensen Norton Ret0
- Flag of Austria.svg Ladislaus Richter Norton Ret0
- Flag of Italy.svg Renzo Rossi Gilera Ret0
- Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Derek Russell Norton Ret0
- Flag of Germany.svg Walter Scheimann Norton Ret0
- Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Douglas Smith Matchless Ret0
- Flag of Australia (converted).svg Graham Smith Norton Ret0
- Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lewis Young Norton Ret0
PosRiderBike GER
Flag of Germany.svg
FRA
Flag of France.svg
MAN
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
HOL
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
BEL
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
DDR
Flag of East Germany.svg
ULS
Flag of Ulster.svg
NAC
Flag of Italy.svg
SWE
Flag of Sweden.svg
ARG
Flag of Argentina.svg
Pts
ColourResult
GoldWinner
SilverSecond place
BronzeThird place
GreenPoints finish
BlueNon-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
PurpleRetired (Ret)
RedDid not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
BlackDisqualified (DSQ)
WhiteDid not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
BlankDid not practice (DNP)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

350cc Standings

PlaceRiderNumberCountryMachinePointsWins
1 Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953-1963).svg Gary Hocking Rhodesia MV Agusta 324
2 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Frantisek Stastny Czechoslovakia Jawa 262
3 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Gustav Havel Czechoslovakia Jawa 190
4 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Phil Read United Kingdom Norton 131
5 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bob McIntyre United Kingdom Bianchi 100
6 Flag of Austria.svg Rudi Thalhammer Austria Norton 70
= Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ralph Rensen United Kingdom Norton 70
8 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Alistair King United Kingdom Bianchi 60
= Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mike Hailwood United Kingdom MV Agusta 60
10 Flag of Italy.svg Ernesto Brambilla Italy Bianchi 50
= Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Alan Shepherd United Kingdom AJS 50
12 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tommy Robb United Kingdom AJS 40
13 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Derek Minter United Kingdom Norton 30
14 Flag of Germany.svg Hans Pesl West Germany Norton 20
= Flag of Italy.svg Silvio Grassetti Italy Benelli 20
= Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ron Langston United Kingdom AJS 20
17 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Frank Perris United Kingdom Norton 20
= Canadian Red Ensign (1957-1965).svg Mike Duff Canada AJS 20
19 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Roy Ingram United Kingdom Norton 10
= Flag of Austria.svg Bert Schneider Austria Norton 10
= Flag of New Zealand.svg Hugh Anderson New Zealand Norton 10

250cc Standings

PlaceRiderNumberCountryMachinePointsWins
1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mike Hailwood United Kingdom Honda 444
2 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tom Phillis Australia Honda 382
3 Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953-1963).svg Jim Redman Rhodesia Honda 362
4 Flag of Japan.svg Kunimitsu Takahashi Japan Honda 291
5 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bob McIntyre United Kingdom Honda 141
6 Flag of Italy.svg Tarquinio Provini Italy Morini 100
7 Flag of Italy.svg Silvio Grassetti Italy Benelli 100
8 Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953-1963).svg Gary Hocking Rhodesia MV Agusta 81
9 Flag of Japan.svg Fumio Ito Japan Yamaha 70
10 Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg Luigi Taveri Switzerland Honda 60
11 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Alan Shepherd United Kingdom MZ 60
= Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Frantisek Stastny Czechoslovakia Jawa 60
13 Flag of East Germany.svg Ernst Degner East Germany MZ 30
= Flag of Japan.svg Sadao Shimazaki Japan Honda 30
15 Flag of East Germany.svg Hans Fischer East Germany MZ 30
16 Flag of Japan.svg Naomi Taniguchi Japan Honda 20
17 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Dan Shorey United Kingdom NSU 10
= Flag of Japan.svg Yoshikazu Sunako Japan Yamaha 10
= Flag of East Germany.svg Werner Musiol East Germany MZ 10

125cc Standings

PlaceRiderNumberCountryMachinePointsWins
1 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tom Phillis Australia Honda 444
2 Flag of East Germany.svg Ernst Degner East Germany MZ 423
3 Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg Luigi Taveri Switzerland Honda 292
4 Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953-1963).svg Jim Redman Rhodesia Honda 280
5 Flag of Japan.svg Kunimitsu Takahashi Japan Honda 241
6 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mike Hailwood United Kingdom EMC / Honda 161
7 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Alan Shepherd United Kingdom MZ 120
8 Flag of East Germany.svg Walter Brehme East Germany MZ 70
9 Flag of Japan.svg Teisuke Tanaka Japan Honda 60
10 Flag of Japan.svg Sadao Shimazaki Japan Honda 50
= Flag of East Germany.svg Werner Musiol East Germany MZ 50
12 Flag of East Germany.svg Hans Fischer East Germany MZ 30
= Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Phil Read United Kingdom EMC 30
= Flag of Hungary.svg László Szabó Hungary MZ 30
15 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Grace United Kingdom Bultaco 20
= Flag of Sweden.svg Ulf Svensson Sweden Ducati 20
= Flag of Japan.svg Naomi Taniguchi Japan Honda 20
18 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Rex Avery United Kingdom EMC 20
19 Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg Ricardo Quintanilla Spain Bultaco 10
= Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ralph Rensen United Kingdom Bultaco 10
= Flag of Argentina.svg Héctor Pochettino Argentina Bultaco 10

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