Motocross, and in spectacular racing at Edmeston in New York State, United States riders took the top three placings in the U.
GV: start of race, field swarms down hill and around first bend.
GV: motorcyclists take to the air over hilly section of track.
GV: number 5, Hans Maisch (West Germany) on a Maico leading around bend followed by number 24 Chuck Sun (USA) on a Husquana followed by 23 Jimmy Ellis (USA) on a Honda.
GV: Maisch followed by Ellis now in second place racing through bends. (2 shots)
GV: Ellis closing on Maisch, than both around corner almost neck and neck. (2 shots)
SV: number 33 Marty Tripes (USA) on a Honda races around circuit.
GV: Ellis comes around corner and up steep hill. Ellis now in the lead, followed by a bunch, including Tripes.
GV: Ellis races up hill followed by other bikes.
GV: Ellis passes chequered flag.
SV: shirtless on left, Ellis shakes hands with Tripos.
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Background: 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.