Motocross is a sport that has always been more popular in Europe than in the United States.
GV & SV PAN Crowds on course watch as riders go over hill (3 shots)
SV PAN Dutchman in the lead
CU & SV Riders in pursuit
SV PAN Riders down steep bank
GV PAN Race in progress
CU & SV Spectators watch as bikes pass (4 shots)
SV Riders down a steep bank
LV & SV Riders around marshall waving white flag (4 shots)
SV PAN Race in progress (3 shots)
SV Riders passing finish judge with chequered flag (3 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: "Twelve of the top fifteen riders in the big 500cc international event were Americans. This marks the first time in the Motocross Grand Prix circuit that US riders have done so well. But none of them could catch Erick Wolsing of the Netherlands who captured his second US Motocross title in as many years.
"Favourite Roger De Costa of Belgium came in second leaving the Suzuki racing team the top ten spots in this country's only grand prix event of nineteen seventy-five. Piers Koesmakers was the highest-ranking American racer, placed third. Another US standout was Marty Smith of Santiago who captured the 250cc class. The big difference between US and European Motocross is the heat here. It was in the mid-seventies, bothering some of the foreign racers but not the 33,000 race fans who came. This is Greg Wyatt in Carlsbad, California?"
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This film is serviced with an English commentary by TVN reporter Greg Wyatt which is transcribed overleaf.
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Background: Motocross is a sport that has always been more popular in Europe than in the United States. But American riders are gaining stature on the international circuit.
On Sunday (22 June), the country's only grand prix race was held at Carlsbad in California. Twelve of the top fifteen riders in the big 500cc international event were Americans. But none were good enough to beat Dutchman Erick Wolsing who the race for the second year in a row.
The favourite, Belgium rider, Roger De Costa, rode home second. He was followed by American, Piers Koesmakers. Another successful American racer was Marty Smith of Santiago who won the 250cc class.
A big difference between US and European Motocross is the heat. Many European riders found the temperature in the mid-seventies a drawback while racing. But it did not seem to bother the 33,000 spectators who turned out for the grand prix.