Motorcyling...and at the Chimay circuit in Belgium the annual Grand Prix des Frontieres, a non-title?
Motorcyling...and at the Chimay circuit in Belgium the annual Grand Prix des Frontieres, a non-title event, attracted probably the world's top two motorcyclists, Barry Sheene and Giacomo Agostini on Sunday (12 June). Sheene was at his aggressive best, and former champion Agostini showed he has lost none of his magical touch.
SYNOPSIS: The international competitors who lined up at the start of the 500cc race knew they faced an almost impossible task as Italian Giacomo Agostini, winner of more World motorcycle track titles than any other man, wheeled his Yamaha to his front line start position.
All eyes were on the former champion, at present without a title, and Britain's Barry Sheene, current world 500cc champion and the most successful rider in the international 500cc circuit at present. After the smoke and dust of the start had settled, however, it was the legendary "Ago" in front, closely followed by a determined Sheene.
Sheene set the fastest lap time of nearly 130 mph (209.4 kmh) as he urged his Suzuki past the italian, but the experienced Agostini slipped back into the lead as the pair hurtled into the last lap.
Spectators could only guess which would be in front at the finish, and it was Agostini on his Yamaha that led over the line.
The 750cc race was to see change of fortunes.
Sheene wasted no time taking his big Suzuki to the front, followed by a howling pack of machines...and well back, having problems, was Agostini.
Sheene took complete command of the race, again setting fastest lap, a tenth of a second slower than the 500cc race, but he was under less pressure.
The win was sweet revenge for the British rider, and so were the celebrations that came with winning.