CHAMPIONNAT DU MONDE MOTOCYCLISTE
The 1954 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season began at the Reims-Gueux motor racing circuit in France. The 350cc and 500cc races were won by French rider Pierre Monneret on a Gilera.
Reims-Gueux was first established in 1926 on the public roads between the small French villages of Thillois and Gueux. The circuit had two very long straights between the towns, and teams strove to maximize straight-line speed of their cars; many slipstream battles ensued. Race organizers actually felled trees and demolished old houses in order to make the circuit even quicker. In 1952, the circuit was significantly altered to bypass the village of Gueux, and many people now refer to the course as simply Reims.
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