Britain's Phil Read celebrated 20 years of motor cycle racing on Monday (31 May), with a win over his main young rival, Barry Sheene.
SV Phil Read on number 2 (Suzuki) with wife watching, being moved up to starting grid
SV Barry Sheene, number 7 (Suzuki), moving up to starting grid
SV Competitors lined up on starting grid
GV PAN Competitors leave start and round track
TV PAN Competitors round bend
SV Riders down straight
TV PAN Read round bend
TV PAN Sheene round bend, and lapping another rider
TV PAN Steve Parrish, number 14 (Suzuki), round bend in third place
GV Read takes winning flag, followed by Sheene and Parrish (2 shots)
SV Read into pit and congratulated by wife
GV Spectators, and MV Read receiving winning cup and laurels (2 shots)
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Background: Britain's Phil Read celebrated 20 years of motor cycle racing on Monday (31 May), with a win over his main young rival, Barry Sheene. The race was the 500 CC Championship at the Brands Hatch circuit.
Both men were in the first row on the starting grid, riding Suzukis. Thirty-seven-year-old Read, seven times a World Champion, led the pack almost from the start despite a tremendous performances from Sheene, weaving his way through the field. Sheene, 26, damaged his grand prix Suzuki during a practice run and was riding a reserve machine.
Read kept his lead to finish first, in front of Sheene. Third was steve Parrish, also on a Suzuki. The race was the fifth of an 11-event series that started in April and ends in October. Sheene has a strong lead in the series so far, with Parrish lying in second place.
Sheene and Read had another close race on 23 May during the Italian Grand Prix. The lead changed three times during the last lap but it was the younger man who just managed to get his wheel in front for the chequered flag. Sheene is currently leading the World Championship series with the maximum possible of 45 points.