Dickie Dale

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Dickie Dale
Nationality Flag of the United Kingdom.svg British
Born(1927-04-25)25 April 1927
Frampton, England
Died30 April 1961(1961-04-30) (aged 34)
Bonn, West Germany
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 1949 - 1950, 1953 - 1960
First race 1950 250cc Swiss Grand Prix
Last race 1960 350cc Nations Grand Prix
First win 1954 500cc Spanish Grand Prix
Last win 1955 350cc Nations Grand Prix
Team(s) Benelli, Gilera, Moto Guzzi, MV Agusta
Championships 0
StartsWinsPodiums Poles F. laps Points
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Richard H. Dale (25 April 1927 – 30 April 1961) known as Dickie Dale was a Grand Prix motorcycle road racer born in Wyberton near Boston, Lincolnshire, England. In 1945 he was drafted into the RAF and served as a flight mechanic, and bought his first motorcycle, a 1939 AJS Silver Streak, while stationed at RAF Cranwell. [1]

Grand Prix motorcycle racing premier championship of motorcycle road racing

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Road racing

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He competed in the inaugural 1949 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. Dale was a victor in the 1951 North West 200. His best seasons were 1955 and 1956 when he finished in second place in the 350cc world championship, both times behind his Moto Guzzi teammate Bill Lomas. [2] Dale also competed in the 500cc class aboard Moto Guzzi's famous V8 Grand Prix bike. He died on the way to hospital in an unpressurized helicopter, after crashing during the 1961 Eifelrennen race at Nürburgring, Germany. [3]

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.

North West 200 motorcycle race held in Northern Ireland

The North West 200 is a motorcycling race meeting held each May in Northern Ireland. It is held in a 8.970 mi (14.436 km) road course between the towns of Portstewart, Coleraine and Portrush in Causeway Coast and Glens. The course, known as the Triangle, is one of the fastest in the world, with average speeds of 120 mph (190 km/h) and top speeds in excess of 200 mph (320 km/h).

The 1955 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the seventh F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix season. The season consisted of eight Grand Prix races in five classes: 500cc, 350cc, 250cc, 125cc and Sidecars 500cc. It began on 1 May, with Spanish Grand Prix and ended with Nations Grand Prix in Italy on 4 September.

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References

  1. Walker, Mick (2006), The Manx Norton, Redline Books, p. 54, ISBN   9780954435790
  2. Dickie Dale career statistics at MotoGP.com
  3. Dickie Dale career profile at Motorsport Memorial