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    Once again Belgian riders came out on top in the Yugoslavian Motorcross Grand Prix in the International Motorcross Federation series.

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    Once again Belgian riders came out on top in the Yugoslavian Motorcross Grand Prix in the International Motorcross Federation series.

    The Yugoslavian race, which was the ninth of the World Championship series, took place near Trzis village in the Alpine Ljubelj border pass to Austria on a typically rough motorcross course. Twenty nine riders from nine countries competed in the race.

    Belgium's reigning champion 18-year-old Andre Malherbe led from start to finish in the first race and was well clear in the second when a broken frame forced him off the race. Fellow countryman Gilbert De Roover, who was third in the first race, took over the lead. The win gave De Roover most points and the first place award of a silver tyre.

    West Germany's Fritz Schneider came second in both races and second overall. France's Michel Combes was third overall.

    There are six more races, in Poland, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Spain, the United States and Great Britain before the winner of the FIM cup will be known, but at the moment it looks likely to be between Malherbe and Schneider.

    SYNOPSIS: Twenty-nine riders from nine countries competed in the Yugoslavian Motorcross Grand Prix, the ninth race in the International Motorcross Federation series on Sunday. The race took place near Tzric village in the Ljubelj Alpine border pass with Austria. There were two races and overall positions were decided by the points collected in both.

    Belgian riders dominated the race last year end Belgium's reigning champion Andre Malherbe took the lead from the start on Sunday. The Italians with five riders had more entrants than any other country but number fifteen Dario mani who was fifth in the first race was their most successful competitor. The Ljubelj pass made a typical rough motorcross course.

    Belgium's Gilbert De Roover in the light jersey was in third place behind West German Fritz Schneider number twenty-four -- so the Belgians were well placed to pick up a large number of points.

    After the first eight races in other countries the cup this year is becoming a duel between Malherbe and Schneider. The first race was clearly Malherbe's.

    The ten thousand spectators looked forward to the pair renewing their private battle in the second race, but once more it was the eighteen-year-old Malherbe who was first away.

    Malherbe continued to extend his lead. Luckily for him fellow countryman Gilbert De Roover was between him and Schneider for a broken frame forced Malherbe out shortly after the end of this lap. De Roover took over the lead and went on to win.

    De Roover won first place overall, Schneider was second and Combes of France third, but there are six more races in the series.

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