Motocross -- and the Belgian rider, Hary Everts won the third event in the World Cup Competition on Sunday (24 June).
GV Line up of motorcycles at start of race at Trzic in Slovenia, Yugoslavia (3 shots)
GV Start of race with motorcycles down course
GV Competitors Akira Watanabe and hary Everts over course
LV Other riders around course (3 shots)
SV Riders taking right-hand bend to camera
GV Watanabe and Everts taking bend PAN TO other rider
SV Watanabe and Everts continuing course (3 shots)
LV Everts to finish past chequered flag and Watanabe close behind
SV Everts onto rostrum and being garlanded (2 shots)
Former world champion, Belgian Gaston Rahier, came in third in the second heat and stands third in the championship table, though well behind Watanabe and Everts with only eighteen points. Watanabe and Everts have twenty-seven points each at the end of the Yugoslavian championship.
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Background: Motocross -- and the Belgian rider, Hary Everts won the third event in the World Cup Competition on Sunday (24 June). Japanese competitor Akira Watanabe??? narrowly took the first heat, with Everts in second position. But the second and final heat turned it around and it was Everts who triumphed.
SYNOPSIS: The beginning of the second heat at the Trzic track in Slovenia. More than forty 125 cc bikes from seventeen nations started the race.
The two riders were Japan's Akira Watanabe and Belgium's Hary Everts, both on Suzukis. At the end of the first heat, Watanabe was just three points ahead of Everts in the overall standings.
The conditions were good so the race was almost free of incident and the pace was steady, even on some of the more critical bends. All eyes were on Watanabe and Everts who waged a battle out front, fighting for pole position.
But Watanabe never really challenged Everts' slight advantage and a fall made it impossible for him to close the gap. He recovered quickly to get back into second place but couldn't gather the momentum to push ahead.
And so Hary Everts took the chequered flag and with it matched second place-getter Akira Watanabe in the overall point standings. But Everts' less than two-second advantage in this heat gives him the first place in the championship table.