Thirty-six rider from eight countries competed in the fifth leg of the Moto-Cross World Championship, held in the forest of Bielstein, near Bonn, West Germany, June 26.
TV PAN.. Start of race.
SV Race in progress.
RV Ditto amongst cloud of dust.
SV PAN.. The leading three riders.
RV Rest of riders.
SV Riders through dust.
LV Riders up hill.
SV Steward on top of hill.
SV Riders up hill.
SV Down hill.
SV Through deep mud.
CU Boy watches.
SV (Slower motion) leading riders on one wheel.
RV Leaders away.
RV Riders through dust.
SV PAN.. No. 1 (S. Lundin) receives chequered flag.
SV Lundin talks with second man (Rickman) (G.B.)
LV Winner's rostrum.
SV Lundin congratulated.
SV Lundin receives laurel wreath.
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Background: Thirty-six rider from eight countries competed in the fifth leg of the Moto-Cross World Championship, held in the forest of Bielstein, near Bonn, West Germany, June 26.
Fine, dry weather created course difficulties for the competitors. As their 500 c.c. machines roared around the 34.95 kilometre course, clouds of dust covered their manoeuvres as effectively as a smoke screen.
Points were awarded on aggregate after two runs of eighteen laps each had been completed. Winner of this leg was Sten Lundin of Sweden, winner of the 1959 championship. Riding a Swedish Monark machine, Lundin showed masterly skill and dare-devil courage as he negotiated the steep hills and sharp turns of this exacting course.
Second was Donald Rickman of Great Britain on a Rick-Metisse machine. In third place was Gunnar Johansson of Sweden on a Lito.
Previous legs have been held in Austria (24th April); France (15th May); Sweden (22nd May); Italy (12th June). The leg scheduled to take place in Denmark (6th June) was scratched by the organising body. The race was held, but placings did not count toward the World Championship.
Four other legs are to be contested before the final winner is decided Great Britain (3rd July); Holland (24th July); Belgium (7th August); and Luxembourg (14th August).
Sweden occupies the four leading positions in the table so far. Lundin leads with 26 points. Bill Nilsson is second with 18, Rolf Tibblin follows with 16, and Gunnar Johansson is fourth with 13.