Italian Walter Villa won the 350cc event of the French motorcycle Grand Prix at Le Mans in north western France on Sunday (25 April).
GV PAN Start of 350cc race
LV PAN Race in progress with drivers around curves (2 shots)
LV Riders down straight
SV No. 2 (Agostini - Italy) on an MV leading from No. 73 (Villa - Italy) on a Harley Davison - the eventual winner
LV Other riders in pursuit
SV PAN Agostini leading from Villa
SV Other riders in pursuit
SV & LV Spectators watch as bunch of riders come round bend overtaking a cruising Agostini (2 shots)
LV Villa receives chequered flag
LV & CU Crowd watching Villa (centre wearing laurels) flanked by Cecotto (Venezuela) on right and Balde (France) on left
LV Start of 500cc race with No. 7 (Barry Sheene - UK) nearest camera getting a bad start (eventual winner)
SV Race in progress with No. 2 (Read - UK) leading
SV PAN Sheene leading from No. 5 (Williams - UK)
SV Williams showing burned trousers to team-mate & walking away
LV Sheene receives chequered flag
SC Sheene has champagne poured over him by Cecotto
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Background: Italian Walter Villa won the 350cc event of the French motorcycle Grand Prix at Le Mans in north western France on Sunday (25 April). Riding a Harley Davidson he shook off a challenge from his famous compatriot Giacomo Agostini to score a brilliant and unexpected double - having previously won the 250cc event.
In the 500cc race Barry Sheene of Great Britain proved the superiority of his Japanese Suzuki machine, beating 20 year-old Venezuelan star Johnny Cecotto, who was riding a Yamaha.
Both Villa and Sheene overcame bad starts to win. Sheene was only 10th after the first lap of the 500cc race - "The Suzuki is very hard to start" he said afterwards, "but it doesn't really matter. There's plenty of time to catch up."
It took Sheene until the half-way mark to catch Cecotto, but once he was past he opened up a five-second gap. "Then I ceased off a little," he said, "I had no real plan, I just want to go as quickly as possible. This year I want to be World Champion and Johnny is going to be the man to beat."
Cecotto came second in both the 350cc and 500cc races, with Jean-Francois Balde of France third in the 350cc event on a Yamaha and Italian Marco Lucchinelli on a Suzuki third in the 500cc race.