Motocross, and Finnish rider Heikki Mikkola is still topping the 500 c.c. world championship table?
Motocross, and Finnish rider Heikki Mikkola is still topping the 500 c.c. world championship table after some hard riding in the British 500 grand prix on Sunday (3 July). The event was held near Trowbridge in Wiltshire, England.
SYNOPSIS: There were two races to decide the grand prix title and this was the second and final one. Thirty-five riders from 12 different countries were entered, all Europeans except for two from the U.S.A. By far the biggest entry though was from Britain -- eleven riders altogether. The weather was hot and dry and the riders were soon kicking up big clouds of dust as they hurled their powerful bikes round the circuit.
West Germany's Herbert Schmitz, rider number 10, went into the lead early in the race, with Brad Lackey of the United States -- number 22 -- hard on his heels. But Schmitz was unlucky and had to retire.
It wasn't all clouds of dust through -- this muddy section brought a change of terrain calling for a change in tactics.
With West Germany's Schmitz out of the running, Finland's Heikki Mikkola -- number 7 -- took the lead and hung onto it right to the end. But Britain's John Banks, number 26, was in hot pursuit.
It was the 'flying Finn', Heikki Mikkola who took the chequered flag, but the grand prix and the cool drink went to Brad Lackey of the U.S. who came first overall in the day's two races.