Daytona and the first two United States GP


The world championships first stopped in the United States in the 1960s, with two GPs at Daytona International Speedway. Let’s review these events.

In recent years, the riders of the World Championships have again entered a race called the Grand Prix in the United States. With the exception of the compulsory break in 2020, the status quo in Austin has been fixed on the calendar since 2013. Until then the United States had a GB, even if only MotoGP now goes to Laguna during the 2005 period. -2013. . But, do you remember the first editions of this section? It was a race at Daytona and it was in the distant 60s. However, this event only happened for two seasons, GP’s “break” followed by a return to another location and a new farewell. In the meantime, let’s review the versions that took place there.


The contract was signed in 1954 and construction began, but it wasn’t until 1959 that the Daytona International Speedway was officially opened. We are based in Florida, USA and since its inception this track has hosted some of the most prestigious events in the country. Starting with NASCAR (founder of Track Builder), as well as AMA Superbike, AMA Supercross, Motocross and many others. The first is a triangular structure, as can be seen in this photo, with a total length of 4 km.

However, the path to the World Championships is a little different: the shorter (3.2 km), the longest and largest oval in NASCAR races, and the slower interior to go with lower speeds. For the most part, the current version used for motorcycle racing below is only 4 km away.

Daytona International Speedway was the first American track to host the World Championships, although it was not a huge success in terms of public and media attention.

1964 Grand Prix

The 50cc, 125cc, 250cc and 500cc divisions are the first meeting of the season. Classes are skipped as most individuals stay home due to high travel costs. Without Honda, with someone coming to reign, we will start from the high class: Mike Halewood In fact, he takes a polar stance, success and a quick turn. It didn’t stop there: before the race, the British champion drove his MV Augusta at 226.8 km / h. This rewrites the previous speed record set by McIntyre on the Monza in 57 (222.1 km / h). Note that Argentina’s Calderrella (Clara) could follow Heilwood for a long time, with a gearbox failure leading to Phil Reid and John Hartel. A fully-fledged British stage, the last two two laps behind.

At 250cc, according to the unfortunate rest (engine malfunction) of the Tarquinio Provini-Benelli duo, but there is still a tricolor touch on the stage. There, Burilla Ron Grant came close to the winner Alain sheppard (MZ) and even two points ahead of Boh Kehring’s Ducati bulldozer. The eighth-liter is the all-Suzuki Top 4, led by the winner Hugh anderson On Mitsuo Itoh, Bert Schneider and Isao Morishita. The story does not change, even among mosquitoes, Hamamatsu’s house still rules. Anderson takes a first step on stage, followed by Mauritius and Idoh, with Ducati points from local rider Lee Allen (5 rounds late). Although our Provini, the pilot Krittler is in this category, still knocked out due to mechanical malfunctions, no luck here either.

1965 Grand Prix

The Daytona debut the year before was repeated without the official Honda. No Acostini, MV The deal was made by Augusta, but he does not send Mike Halewood. And the Englishman repeats exactly the scenario of the previous year, with less advantage than his opponents. Imagine local rider Buddy Parriott (first American on stage in 500cc) and Canadian Roger Beaumont finishing 2nd and 3rd, two and three laps behind. Instead, the three starting Ducatis retired, one as a rider with Franco Forn on the pillars of the Red Team (before the injury which claimed his life) and within the business. However, at 250cc only the tricolor comes with pleasure, what satisfaction.

Silvio crossetti And his Moto Morini 250 Bialbero (significantly lower than his previous Yamaha) climbed to the third step of the stage! The winner before him Bill reid And Mike Duff, who did better than the Italians in the final sprint. One performance earned him Highwood’s admiration. As for the underdog class, Suzuki once again clearly dominated, and for a number of non-existent reasons. He won in 125cc Hugh anderson Up to a few dozen Ernst Techner And Frank Ferris, with various home drivers to follow the private Honda. However, at 50cc, the first two places are reversed: Michio Ichino (abandoned in the eighth-liter race) wins more success than Technician on the third step of the stage.

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