The French team of Jean-Claude Chemarin and Christian Leon riding a works Honda RCB of 997 c.
LV Riders assembled for start as crowd watches (2 shots)
SV PAN Le Mans type start as riders run to their machines and ride off
SV PAN Riders around bends (2 shots)
GV Bike No. 40 crashes toward camera on bend
SV Rider of bike No. 40 on feet after accident
LV PAN & SV Bikes racing down straight as crowd watches
LV (NIGHT SHOT) Headlights down straight
MV Charles Williams, No.2 on a Honda RCB comes into pit for night stop as officials watch and Williams re-enters race
LV PAN Riders passing at night
SV PAN (DAYLIGHT) Man sleeping on ground with riders passing on track behind
GV PAN Leaders down straight
TV Crowd surrounding winner at end of race
SV Winner on rostrum holding cup
FIRST PLACE: Chemarin-Leon. Average speed 83 m.p.h. (132.8 k.p.h.)
SECOND PLACE: J.B. Peyre & M. Maingret of France riding a 998 c.c. Kawasaki. Distance covered 1929 miles (3104 kms).
THIRD PLACE: J. Cowie and B. Toleman, riding a 984 cc Kawasaki. Distance covered 1901 miles (3061 kms).
SPORT: MOTORCYCLE RACING
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Background: The French team of Jean-Claude Chemarin and Christian Leon riding a works Honda RCB of 997 c.c. have won the 24 Hours Le Mans Endurance event for motorcycles for the second year running.
SYNOPSIS: Held over the weekend (22 and 23 April) at Le Mans in western France, the two day meeting attracted the usual huge crowds.
It was perfect weather for the race. No serious accidents occurred but there were crashes. One spectacular one occurred when one of the Sidem-Godier Genoud Kawasakis came to grief.
The rider -- luckily -- was uninjured. Not so his bike.
An estimated 40 thousand spectators had gathered to watch the race which sports writers had predicted was likely to lead to a Chemarin-Leon win.
On and on, into the night, with riders thankful that the good conditions were lasting for the more dangerous part of the race. A night pit stop for Charles Williams on his British Honda Racing RCB.
Hundreds and hundreds of laps have passed and still they ride on, fighting fatigue, hoping they and their machines will last the distance. Many don't.
Chemarin and Leon had led for all but one of the 752 laps of the race, together covering one thousand 982 miles (3189 kms) -- 53 miles (84 kms) more than the second place getter.