American Kenny Roberts on a Yamaha won the Dutch 500 cc Motorcycle Grand Prix in Assen on June 25, but his victory was overshadowed by a shocking crash involving world champion Franco Uncini (Italy).
GV Start of the race (3 shots)
GV Freddie Spencer from USA, No. 3, Franco Uncini (No. 1) falls, being hit by Wayne Gardner's Honda
GV SLOW MOTION REPEAT of the accident
GV Uncini being carried away by an ambulance
GV Race in progress, Kenny Roberts from the U.S. crossing the line, winning the race (2 shots)
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Background: American Kenny Roberts on a Yamaha won the Dutch 500 cc Motorcycle Grand Prix in Assen on June 25, but his victory was overshadowed by a shocking crash involving world champion Franco Uncini (Italy). Uncini, who won here last year, fell from his Suzuki on the second lap of the 16-lap race and as he crawled towards the edge of the track he was hit by Australian Wayne Gardner's Honda. He was rushed to hospital with serious injuries. Roberts, on his way to a fourth world title, also set a lap record. He clocked two minutes 47.47 seconds -- an average speed of 165.20 kilometres per hour (103.23 mph) and nearly three seconds ahead of the previous record, set by fellow American Freddie Spencer last year. Roberts recovered quickly from a poor start and grabbed the lead midway through the race, finishing it 0.19 seconds ahead of Japan's Takasumi Katayama on a Honda. Spencer, also riding a Honda, finished third.