First title for Australia
Most riders during the first World Championship years were either from United Kingdom and Ireland or from Italy; then came the Germans, and little by little the number of nationalities taking part in the Grand Prix kept on expanding. The first non-European rider to clinch a title was Australian Keith Campbell in 1957. From Scottish origin, Keith Ronald Campbell was born in Melbourne on 2 October 1931. Following his brother George he started to race in 1948 in Australia, moving then to Europe in 1951. He would take his first win in an International race in Belgium in 1953. In 1957, as a Moto Guzzi rider, he took part in the 350cc and 500cc classes: it was the fight between the Italian factories Moto Guzzi, Gilera and MV Agusta. With three consecutive wins, in Belgium, Netherlands and Ulster, Keith Campbell took the 350cc title for Moto Guzzi, ahead of Liberati (who took the 500cc title). He died during an event in Cadours (France) on 13 July 1958.