INTRODUCTION: Motocross racing, and in Hong Kong Toshihiro Kawasaki, the sole Japanese contestant, has won the 125cc event in the Camel Filters International championship.
GV Paddock area
SV PULL BACK TO GV Chinese, Hong Kong and Japanese teams (3 shots)
GV Start of race and riders round bend
SV PAN FROM Spectators TO riders up hill
SV Riders down hill showing final winner, No. 35 Toshihiro Kawasaki of Japan moving up into second place as crowd watches (2 shots)
GVs Riders, including No. 35 over jump (2 shots)
GVs No. 17 (who finished third) and No. 19 (who finished second) in race (2 shots)
SV Winner Kawasaki celebrating
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Motocross racing, and in Hong Kong Toshihiro Kawasaki, the sole Japanese contestant, has won the 125cc event in the Camel Filters International championship. He never looked like losing as he took the lead when the race was flagged off.
SYNOPSIS: The race was the first of the two-day meeting. Riders and machines were looking their best as Chinese, Hong Kong and Japanese riders waited for the start of the event which would take them round the gruelling two-point one kilometre (1.3 mile) track in the countryside of Hong Kong's New Territories. Riders from Australia also took part in the event -- the first time it's been staged in Hong Kong.
Kawasaki, riding a Honda, took the lead as soon as the flag went up. His performance showed why he has been rated as an International 'A' Class rider for the past 11 years.
But he did not have all the race his own way, and as the field moved down this hill Kawasaki, number 35, fought a successful battle to get back into second place.
Interest in the event has high, and police had limited the number of spectators.
Those who were lucky enough to be in the executive band of people who were allowed to watch saw some spectacular riding as Kawasaki and the rest of the field took this jump.
Stephen Rowland, riding No. 17, was to come in third and his fellow-Australian Stewart Machinchlin, on No. 19, was second at the end of the event which covered 21 laps.
But is was Kawasaki's race, and his victory marked another successful chapter in his career.