Japan's Hideo Kanaya, riding a Yamaha, stole the show at the Austrian Motor-Cycle Grand Prix in Salzburg on Sunday (4 May),winning both the 350-cc and the 500-cc events.
GV Start of 350-cc race
LV PAN Riders down straight
SV Kanaya of Japan (NO.21) round and down straight well ahead of pack towards finish (3 shots)
SV & GV Kanaya finishing (2 shots)
GV Crowd and results superimposed
GV Start of 500-cc race and riders down straight (2 shots)
GV PAN Riders round 'S' bend and down straight
SV Riders round bend
STV Agostini retiring from race
GV & SV Kanaya along straight, round bend and up to Chequered flag (4 shots)
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Background: Japan's Hideo Kanaya, riding a Yamaha, stole the show at the Austrian Motor-Cycle Grand Prix in Salzburg on Sunday (4 May),winning both the 350-cc and the 500-cc events.
A mass pile up in the second round of the 350-cc race deprived the 40,000 crowd of an expected duel between World Champion Giacomo Agostini of Italy and Venezuela's rising star Johnny Cecotto. The crash was not serious, however, and non of the drivers was badly hurt.
Kanaya was already disputing the lead when the crash came and the Japanese gradually opened up a long lead on the twisting 4.2-kilometre (2.6-mile) Sallzbarg Ring in cold, dry conditions.
He ended almost half a minute ahead of South Africa's John Eckerold. Calso Adu Santos of Brazil was third. Yamaha's filled the first five places.
Agostini -- trying for his 119th Grand Prix win -- also had to pull out of the 500-cc event. His engine failed in the 16th lap when he had a 12-second lead over Kanaya.
The Japanese, who had dropped back after a tense struggle with the 14-times World Champion, went on to win ahead of Finland's Touvo Laensivuori on a Suzuki and Phil Read of Britain -- the reigning World Champion -- on a MVA. Although phil Read did not win, he set a lap record of 1 minute 21.78 second in the 15th round.