THE REAL 50CC GP

BIKE (UK) - - 50CC MOTO GP -

The 50cc world cham­pi­onship class ran from 1962 83, but there was never a proper 50cc Bri­tish GP at Sil­ver­stone. The Isle of Man TT was Bri­tain’s world cham­pi­onship round un­til 1977, and it ran a 50cc race, with world cham­pi­onship points, from 1962 68. The win­ner of the last 50cc TT was Aus­tralian Barry Smith on a Span­ish made Derbi, who av­er­aged 72.9mph over three laps and 113.19 miles of The Moun­tain Course. Which puts our pa­thetic ef­forts into per­spec­tive. Even so, it must have been a long slog up The Moun­tain. The 50cc GP class was briefly re­placed by an 80cc crown.

1963 50cc TT. Hugh Anderson (Suzuki) leads at The Goose­neck

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