British rider's British GP winners
By Geoff Meyer | 14 Aug 2012
In the history of the Grand Prix of Great Britain home riders haven't always had the success the British supporters might have hoped for. Sure in the 1950's and 60's many British riders controlled the British GP, and then of course the era of Graham Noyce and Dave Thorpe British fans enjoyed many great victories by home riders, but in recent years it's been thin pickings for the British riders.
It all started in 1957 when two times World 500cc Champion Jeff Smith won the first ever Grand Prix of Great Britain at the Hawkstone Park circuit. Smith who will go down as one of the greatest British riders of all time won again in Hawkstone Park in 1959, 1963 and 1965.
Success came thick and fast for the British riders in the 1960's as Dave Curtiss in 1961, Don Rickman in 1966; Vic Eastwood in 1968 all joined Smith as home winners.
The 1970's were another story as names like De Coster, Wosink and Lackey took victories, but in 1979 just as it looked like a British rider wouldn't win in that decade soon to be World 500cc Champion Gramah Noyce won at the famous Farleigh Castle circuit.
The 1980's and a young Dave Thorpe had arrived, nearly taking victory in his first ever 500cc British GP in 1982 (Thorpe lost on a count back to Brad Lackey). That sniff of success only made Thorpe want it more and he could take British 500cc Grand Prix wins in 1984, 1988 and 1989. Jeremy Whatley would also win in the 1980's, taking a 250cc British GP victory in 1984 at the Newbury circuit.
The 1990's and the golden era of British Motocross was no over, it was left up to Irelands Alan Morrison who won the British 125cc Grand Prix at the Hawkstone Park circuit, and Paul Malin won a 125cc GP at the Foxhils circuit.
James Dobb started the new millennium with a bang, taking the 2000 British 125cc Grand Prix at the Foxhills circuit and in 2007 Dobbs good friend Tommy Searle scored victory in the British 125cc GP at the Donnington Park circuit.
As it now stands British riders have won 12 500cc British Grand Prix's, one 250cc British GP, three 125cc British GPs and one MX2 British GP.
British GP winners
Jeff Smith 1957 Hawkstone Park 500 GP
Jeff Smith 1959 Hawkstone Park 500 GP
Dave Curtiss 1961 Hawkstone Park 500 GP
Dave Bickers 1962 Ipswich 500 GP
Jeff Smith 1963 Hawkstone Park 500 GP
Jeff Smith 1965 Hawkstone Park 500 GP
Don Rickman 1966 Farleigh Castle 500 GP
Vic Eastwood 1968 Farleigh Castle 500 GP
Graham Noyce 1979 Farleigh Castle 500 GP
Jeremy Whatley 1984 Newbury 250 GP
Dave Thorpe 1984 Hawkstone Park 500 GP
Dave Thorpe 1988 Hawkstone Park 500 GP
Dave Thorpe 1989 Farleigh Castle 500 GP
Alan Morrison 1990 Farleigh Castle 125 GP
Paul Malin 1995 Foxhills 125 GP
James Dobb 2000 Foxhills 125 GP
Tommy Searle 2007 Donnington Park MX2 (125) GP
Photo: Tommy Searle - Ray Archer image
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