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1973 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

The 1973 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 25th F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship season.

Contents

  • Season summary 1
  • Grands Prix 2
  • Final standings 3
    • 1973 500 cc Roadracing World Championship final standings 3.1
    • 1973 350 cc Roadracing World Championship final standings 3.2
    • 1973 250 cc Roadracing World Championship final standings 3.3
    • 1973 125 cc Roadracing World Championship final standings 3.4
    • 1973 50 cc Roadracing World Championship final standings 3.5
  • References 4

Season summary

MV Agusta team-mates Phil Read and Giacomo Agostini battled it out for supremacy of the 500cc class but the season was overshadowed by the deaths of Jarno Saarinen and Renzo Pasolini at the Italian round at Monza.[1] The 500cc title runner-up, Kim Newcombe, also died at a non-championship race at Silverstone late in the year.[1] Agostini claimed his 13th championship in the 350cc class.[1] In the 250cc class, West German Dieter Braun won the crown for Yamaha. Kent Andersson gave Yamaha another title in the 125cc class while Kreidler dominated the 50cc class after the Derbi factory pulled out of racing with Dutchman Jan de Vries taking the crown.[1]

Grands Prix

Round Date Race Location 50cc winner 125cc winner 250cc winner 350cc winner 500cc winner Report
1 April 22 French Grand Prix Paul Ricard Kent Andersson Jarno Saarinen Giacomo Agostini Jarno Saarinen Report
2 May 6 Austrian Grand Prix Salzburgring Kent Andersson Jarno Saarinen János Drapál Jarno Saarinen Report
3 May 13 West German Grand Prix Hockenheimring Theo Timmer Kent Andersson Jarno Saarinen Teuvo Lansivuori Phil Read Report
4 May 20 Nations Grand Prix Monza Jan de Vries Kent Andersson Race cancelled[N 1] Giacomo Agostini Race cancelled[N 1] Report
5 June 8 Isle of Man TT Snaefell Mountain Tommy Robb Charlie Williams Tony Rutter Jack Findlay Report
6 June 17 Yugoslavian Grand Prix Opatija Jan de Vries Kent Andersson Dieter Braun János Drapál Kim Newcombe Report
7 June 23 Dutch TT Assen Bruno Kneubühler Eugenio Lazzarini Dieter Braun Giacomo Agostini Phil Read Report
8 July 1 Belgian Grand Prix Spa Jan de Vries Jos Schurgers Teuvo Lansivuori Giacomo Agostini Report
9 July 15 Czechoslovakian Grand Prix Brno Otello Buscherini Dieter Braun Teuvo Lansivuori Giacomo Agostini Report
10 July 21 Swedish Grand Prix Anderstorp Jan de Vries Börje Jansson Dieter Braun Teuvo Lansivuori Phil Read Report
11 July 29 Finnish Grand Prix Imatra Otello Buscherini Teuvo Lansivuori Giacomo Agostini Giacomo Agostini Report
12 September 23 Spanish Grand Prix Jarama Jan de Vries Chas Mortimer John Dodds Adu Celso-Santos Phil Read Report
Footnotes
  1. ^ a b The 250cc race was stopped, following an accident on the first lap that resulted in the deaths of Jarno Saarinen and Renzo Pasolini. The race meeting was ultimately cancelled.

Final standings

1973 500 cc Roadracing World Championship final standings

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 Phil Read United Kingdom MV Agusta 84 4
2 Kim Newcombe 10 New Zealand König 63 1
3 Giacomo Agostini 1 Italy MV Agusta 57 3
4 Werner Giger Switzerland Yamaha 44 0
5 Jack Findlay 8 Australia Suzuki 38 1
6 Bruno Kneubühler 3 Switzerland Yamaha 34 0
7 Jarno Saarinen 4 Finland Yamaha 30 2
8 Hideo Kanaya Japan Yamaha 22 0
9 Ernst Hiller West Germany König 19 0
10 Alex George United Kingdom Yamaha 19 0

1973 350 cc Roadracing World Championship final standings

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 Giacomo Agostini 1 Italy MV Agusta 84 4
2 Teuvo Länsivuori 7 Finland Yamaha 77 3
3 Phil Read 5 United Kingdom MV Agusta 56 0
4 John Dodds Australia Yamaha 49 0
5 Billie Nelson United Kingdom Yamaha 38 0
6 Kent Andersson Sweden Yamaha 38 0
7 Adu Celso-Santos Brazil Yamaha 33 1
8 Dieter Braun 8 West Germany Yamaha 33 0
9 János Drapál Hungary Yamaha 30 2
10 Pentti Korhonen Finland Yamaha 25 0

1973 250 cc Roadracing World Championship final standings

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 Dieter Braun West Germany Yamaha 80 4
2 Teuvo Länsivuori 5 Finland Yamaha 64 2
3 John Dodds 6 Australia Yamaha 58 1
4 Jarno Saarinen 1 Finland Yamaha 45 3
5 Michel Rougerie France Harley-Davidson 45 0
6 Chas Mortimer United Kingdom Yamaha 40 0
7 Hideo Kanaya 11 Japan Yamaha 36 0
8 Roberto Gallina Italy Yamaha 32 0
9 Bruno Kneubühler Switzerland Yamaha 28 0
10 Silvio Grassetti 4 Italy Yamaha 21 0

1973 125 cc Roadracing World Championship final standings

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 Kent Andersson 2 Sweden Yamaha 99 5
2 Chas Mortimer United Kingdom Yamaha 75 1
3 Jos Schurgers 9 Netherlands Bridgestone 70 1
4 Börje Jansson 4 Sweden Maico 64 1
5 Eugenio Lazzarini Italy Maico 59 1
6 Otello Buscherini Italy Malanca 51 2
7 Angel Nieto Spain Morbidelli 46 0
8 Rolf Minhoff 4 West Germany Maico 42 0
9 Matti Salonen Finland Yamaha 32 0
10 Pentti Salonen Finland Yamaha 28 0

1973 50 cc Roadracing World Championship final standings

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 Jan de Vries 2 Netherlands Kreidler 60 5
2 Bruno Kneubühler Switzerland Kreidler 51 1
3 Theo Timmer 3 Netherlands Jamathi 47 1
4 Gerhard Thurow West Germany Kreidler 36 0
5 Henk van Kessel Netherlands Kreidler 27 0
6 Herbert Rittberger West Germany Kreidler 22 0
7 Ulrich Graf Switzerland Kreidler 21 0
8 Jan Huberts 8 Netherlands Kreidler 21 0
9 Rudolf Kunz 9 West Germany Kreidler 14 0
10 Wolfgang Gedlich West Germany Kreidler 13 0

References

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