Motor-cycling - and Suzuki works rider Pat Hennen of the United States became only the second American to win the 'Race of the Year' at Mallory Park in England, since the event began 19 years ago.
SV: rider John Newbold of Britain signing autographs at Mallory Park, U.K. motorcycle race meeting.
SV: South African Kork Ballington looking over his motorcycle
CU: No. 3, Pat Hennen of U.S.A. with his motorcycle.
CU: world champion Barry Sheene signing autographs.
SV: motorcycles coming up to starting grid.
SV: start of race
SV: leaders coming out of Devil's Elbow
LS: leaders banking round bend past crowds.
SV: No 5, Newbold, and No 4, Britain's Ron Haslam, banking round bend
SV PAN: motorcycles passing under bridge.
SV: Hennen, number 3, and Britain's Mick Grant, number 10, towards camera into straight followed by group of others.
SV: Hennen banking round bend.
SV: of Hennen followed by two others under bridge and others following round bend.
SV: of Hennen and Sheene passing chequered flag, and Britain's Dave Potter, number 8, third place.
SV: scoreboard with final positions.
SV AND CU: Pat Hennen kissing girl and smiling (2 shots)
SPORT: MOTOR-CYCLE RACING.
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Background: Motor-cycling - and Suzuki works rider Pat Hennen of the United States became only the second American to win the 'Race of the Year' at Mallory Park in England, since the event began 19 years ago. The race has traditionally been dominated by European riders, but this year Hennen led almost frost start to finish to beat even World Champion Barry Sheene, his works team-mate.
SYNOPSIS: Works teams usually dominate the big race, and private owner-riders like Britain's John Newbold are in the minority. Like most personal entries, he was not placed.
Another unplaced private rider - South African Kork Ballington on his 350 Yamaha.
Hennen, riding a 750 for the big race, also won the 500 cc championship.
But world champion Barry Sheene eventually retired with a broken exhaust.
The 28-strong field, ranging from the 750cc 'superbikes' to a whole clutch of 350 Yamahas, was dominated by British and French entries.
Hennen, although holding the lead for most of the 40-lap, 54-mile (86.9 kilometres) race, was continually hard-pressed by Mick Grant of Britain on a works Kawasaki 750.
Twenty-two Yamaha's outnumbered the other 'bikes', but in the end it was the quality of the riding which produced the results. Hennen's Suzuki, number three, was one of five in the race, Mick Grant's Kawasaki, number ten, was one of only two - but the American and the Englishman dominated the event.
And that was the way it finished - Hennen first, at an average speed of 95 and a half miles an hour (153.7 kilometres an hour) and Grand second. Third was Britain's Dave Potter on a Yamaha 750 - but judging by the enthusiastic reception it was definitely Pat Hennen's day.