Motorcycling has been a popular sport in Yugoslavia for half a century, and this year enthusiasts throughout the country are celebrating the fiftieth anniversary with a number of events at various venues around the country.
GV Start of first race
SV Bikes along track between crowds
GV No. 5 (Mike Sinkovec) along course and over bumps
GV No. 9 (Sigfired Lerner) along course
GV Two bikes down hill as crowd watch (2 shots)
GV Two abler riders town hill (No. 8 & No. 2) and along course
SV Bikes passing crowd in stands
GV Bikes down to bottom of hill (2 shots)
SV PAN Two bikes around bend
SV Jurij Lampe (No. 20) has to dismount on hill after stalling
SV PAN Spectators waiting for next race
GV Start of second race with field of competitors away in cloud of dust
SV Various bikes up and over steep hill (2 shots)
SV No. 9 (Lerner)
GV Two riders up final straight
GV Lerner winning race at flag and second and third taking flag
SV Lerner with winner's garland on rostrum and Weiss on rostrum being congratulated
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Background: Motorcycling has been a popular sport in Yugoslavia for half a century, and this year enthusiasts throughout the country are celebrating the fiftieth anniversary with a number of events at various venues around the country.
SYNOPSIS: One such event was the international motor-cross competition held near the little Alpine town to Trzic on Sunday. It attracted a large crowd of about ten thousand spectators, and in the two main races of the day, they were able to enjoy some superb competitive riding with Austrian, Sigfried lerner, setting the pace.
For this, the first race, the hilly course was in good condition, having been dried out by the hot summer sunshine. But later towards the end of the second race, a sudden shower turned it into a mud track.
Early speeds were fast and machinery was pushed to the limit. Some bikes were pushed too far, and then could not make it on the hills. This first leg was won by Lerner.
At the start of the second race, he was obviously the favourite to win the competition on aggregate. In the first race, the runner-up was Michael Weiss, and third was Walter Leitgeb - both Austrians. But in this race the Austrians only captured the first two places.
There were twelve countries taking part - Yugoslavia, Austria, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Hungary, Romania, the Soviet Union, Switzerland, Sweden, West Germany, and England. The Austrians were dominant with Lerner first, Weiss second - making Lerner overall winner on aggregate.