Profile of Honda's 1965 World Champion in the 50cc class
Born in Belfast in 1941, motorcyclist Ralph Bryans began road racing in 1959 and within a few years had established himself as one of Ireland’s top riders.
His success led to a contract with the Honda team in 1964, and Bryans travelled the world with the team, winning a total of 10 Grand Prix races between 1964 and 1967.In 1965 he achieved the distinction of becoming World Champion in the 50cc class, recording Honda’s one and only championship in that class.
The following year he demonstrated his versatility by winning the 50cc Tourist Trophy road race on the Isle of Man.
Bryans retired from racing at the top following a win in the North-West 200, Ireland’s premier road race, in 1970. He later settled in Scotland.