Alan Shepherd

Alan Shepherd ( born September 28, 1935 † 16 July 2007) was a British motorcycle racer.

Alan Shepherd was during his playing days from 1957 to 1964 an internationally renowned motorcycle racer. From 1961 to 1964 he took over as MZ factory rider part in World Cup race, in which he had to make do in the West usually without factory support. The East German citizens of the MZ factory team received during these years no entry visas in the NATO countries. As the biggest successes two Grand Prix victories are recorded for Alan Shepherd:

  • At the World Championship race in 1962 for the Grand Prix of Finland in Tampere he won in the 500 - cc class at Matchless. In 1963 he failed in the same place that success and was only just behind the World Champion Mike Hailwood second.
  • At the Daytona International Speedway Alan Shepherd won the 1964 U.S. Grand Prix in the 250 cc class on MZ. Daytona Alan Shepherd proved itself as a mechanic, as he with telephonic support by Walter Kaaden from Zschopau had to perform by hand extensive engine adjustments to his bike. At the end of this season, he finished second in the World Championship drivers' championship of the 250 - cc class behind Phil Read and Jim Redman third place.