Motor cycling ...
GV Motorcycles being prepared for start
SV No. 1, Kenny Roberts of USA, preparing
GV Start of race
GV PAN Marce Luchinelli (Italy) leading Roberts around circuit
SV Spectators watching
GV PAN Luchinelli and Roberts racing
SV Crowd watch as Roberts takes bend and chequered flag followed closely by Luchinelli (2 shots)
GV Winner and place getters on rostrum
FIRST FOUR PLACINGS IN 500cc EVENT: 1. Kenny Roberts, 55 minutes, 59.57 seconds; 2. Marco Luchinelli, 56:03.71; 3. Randy Mamola, 56:18.32; 4. Takazumi Katayama (Japan), 56:21.77.
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Background: Motor cycling ... and Kenny Roberts of the United States has won the five hundred c.c. race to take the 30th Spanish Grand Prix. His victory, at the Jarma circuit in Madrid on Sunday (18 May), increased his lead at the top of the riders' world championship standings.
SYNOPSIS: The event was the second in this year's world championships. Roberts made sure his Yamaha was in top condition.
There were riders from seven countries in the field, all riding machines made in Japan.
In an early stage, Marco Luchinelli of Italy leads Roberts. Luchinelli finally finished second. Roberts won by covering thirty-seven laps -- a total distance of just over seventy-six and a half miles (122.6 kms) -- in a few hundredths of a second less than fifty-six minutes. He has won world championships before.
The crowd saw an interesting duel between the American and the italian. Roberts did his fastest lap in one minute thirty-one point five-five seconds, and his average lap speed was eighty-one point three miles an hour (130.2 kph).
A final bend, and Roberts takes the chequered flag. Luchinelli finished just over four seconds behind him. Roberts's victory took him to thirty points in the world standings. He's fourteen points ahead of Franco Uncini, of Italy, who finished seventh in this race.
With Roberts and Luchinelli on the rostrum ... Randy Mamola of the United States, who came third.