leslie graham

Leslie Graham is the first 500cc Grand Prix world champion, winning the title in the premier class alongside the 1949 350cc world champion, fellow countryman Freddie Frith. This two-fer gives Great Britian the prestige of having two world champions in the inaugural year of Grand Prix competition. Frosting on the cake is both men won their respective championships aboard British machinery: Graham on an AJS, and Frith on a Velocette. Similar to compatriot Fergus Anderson, Graham tragically lost his life at the Isle of Man in 1953.