Motocross, and in spectacular racing at Edmeston in New York State, United States riders took the top three placings in the U.
Motocross, and in spectacular racing at Edmeston in New York State, United States riders took the top three placings in the U.S. 250. c.c. Grand Prix. An expected strong challenge by visiting riders, especially a team from the Soviet Union, did not materialise.
SYNOPSIS: A bad start for the two-times world champion Gennadij Moiseev of the Soviet Union on a KTM making his first visit to the United States, wrecked his chances and he eventually managed only fifth overall. The races became a battle between United States riders on Japanese machines, and Hans Maisch from West Germany on a Maico, number 5.
An early lead by Maisch was whittled down by the local riders, first by number 23 Jimmy Ellis on a Honda, the eventual winner of his heat and overall Grand Prix runner-up. It was a major triumph for the 23-year old who has had little experience of international competition. The local driver's knowledge of the twisting, hilly circuity proved too much for the visiting German.
The eventual Grand Prix winner number 33, Marty Tripes of the United States also rode a Honda.
The overall places were decided after two heats were run, and Ellis was found to be only 73 hundredths of a second behind the winner.
At the end of the racing the United States' riders had scooped the pool, with Bob Hannah on a Yamaha third, Ellis who removed his shirt second, and Tripes very narrowly the victor.