Britain's Phil Read celebrated 20 years of motor cycle racing on Monday (31 May), with a win over his main young rival, Barry Sheene.
Britain's Phil Read celebrated 20 years of motor cycle racing on Monday (31 May), with a win over his main young rival, Barry Sheene. The race was the 500 CC Championship at the Brands Hatch circuit.
Both men were in the first row on the starting grid, riding Suzukis. Thirty-seven-year-old Read, seven times a World Champion, led the pack almost from the start despite a tremendous performances from Sheene, weaving his way through the field. Sheene, 26, damaged his grand prix Suzuki during a practice run and was riding a reserve machine.
Read kept his lead to finish first, in front of Sheene. Third was steve Parrish, also on a Suzuki. The race was the fifth of an 11-event series that started in April and ends in October. Sheene has a strong lead in the series so far, with Parrish lying in second place.
Sheene and Read had another close race on 23 May during the Italian Grand Prix. The lead changed three times during the last lap but it was the younger man who just managed to get his wheel in front for the chequered flag. Sheene is currently leading the World Championship series with the maximum possible of 45 points.