Spaniard Victor Palomo on a Japanese machine won the British 750 cc motorcycle Grand Prix at Silverstone in England on Sunday (15 August), after the British and United States favourites failed to complete the second leg.
Silverstone 750cc Motorcycle Grand Prix, second leg
GV Motorcycles on starting grid and SV cameraman filming (2 shots)
GV Start of race
GV Mick Grant of Britain on No.10 chasing Tony Rutter of Britain No.32 through bend
GV Others through lend
GV Grant takes lead
GV Others through bend
GVs Grant through bend, followed by Roger Marshall of Britain on No. 1 (2 shots)
GVs Others through bend (2 shots)
GV Grant through bend watched by crowd
GVs Grant leading race (3 shots)
GVs Grant through bend (2 shots)
GV s Back-markers through bends (2 shots)
GVs Grant lapping back-markers and taking chequered flag (2 shots)
GV Grant (on left) and Victor Palomo of Spain on rostrum ZOOM INTO CU Grant
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Background: Spaniard Victor Palomo on a Japanese machine won the British 750 cc motorcycle Grand Prix at Silverstone in England on Sunday (15 August), after the British and United States favourites failed to complete the second leg.
SYNOPSIS: Palomo had begun badly by taking his Yamaha into fifth place in the previous day's first leg. But on Sunday, the 28-year-old spaniard worked hard for his second place in the 35-lap race to take first overall. Mick Grant of Britain, riding Kawasaki number 10, prevented Palomo from taking first place. He rode hard throughout the race after a mediocre start, to eventually take the chequered flag at an average speed of 108.71 miles per hour (173.94 kph).
Grant, who is unplaced in the international 750 cc Grand Prix points list, took his chance to make good when the two favourites fell out. Steve Baker of Washington, a top U.S. rider, and Barry Sheene of Britain both suffered mechanical failures in the second leg and had to retire. Baker and Sheene took the top two places in Saturday's first leg.
Towards the end of the second leg it became obvious that it was Grant's race. By the last few circuits he was easily lapping the back-markers, and continued steadily to take the flag in 56 minutes, 32.6 seconds. Palomo came in less than a minute behind, to take the overall winning laurels. But Grant seemed happy enough with his second leg victory.