Scotland's Bob McIntyre can blame a head-ache for his lost chance to win the world 500 cc motor cycle championship at Monza on Sunday (Sept 1).
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Background: Scotland's Bob McIntyre can blame a head-ache for his lost chance to win the world 500 cc motor cycle championship at Monza on Sunday (Sept 1).
After winning the 350cc event on an Italian Gilera the gallam Glaswegian complained of severe head-aches and the course doctor told him it would be asking for trouble to ride again at the meeting.
And so the 500 race- and the world championship - went to Italy's Libero Liberati (No 2) in the record time of 1 hour, 4 mins, 49.3 secs.....average speed, 115.75 mph.
A great performance, but one which McIntyre might easily have beaten on his form of the day. His 350 cc victory on the number 14 Gilera set up a class record at 111.8 mph.
Evenso, the Italian did not have things all his own way. Britain's Geoff Duke (No 18) finished a close second in the 500 and Johnny Surtees was beaten into fourth place only on the last lap by Alfredo Milani (Gilera- No 6). Surtees was riding an MV Augusta (No 2).
Asked why he lost an early advantage Surtees, his face grimed with oil and sweat, commented dourly: "The bike just began to get slower and slower. It was very strange, I could do nothing about it."