INTRODUCTION: The eleventh tour of the 1981 World Motorcycle Championships was held in the Soviet Union at Yuki, near Leningrad last Sunday (9 August).
GV Start of race, to first bend
GVs Riders come out of bend and climb hill (2 shots)
GV Early leader(No.1) Georges Gobert in front of Neil Hudson (No.11)
GV PAN ALONG Hudson clear of field, climbing hills (2 shots)
GV PAN ALONG Hudson climbing hills with other riders trailing (3 shots)
GV Ambulances by track
SV Joseph Khara (No.34) with Gobert and pillion taken to medical staff. Gobert helped by ambulancemen
GV Riders negotiating bend
SV Hudson negotiating bends
GV Rolph Diffenbach No. 4 up and over hill
GV Dimitr Rangelow (No. 3) up and lower hill.
GV Officials at Finish line
GV Hudson finishing
GV Rangelow finishing second, the Hudson coming to a stop. (2 shots)
SPORT: MOTORCYCLE RACING
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The eleventh tour of the 1981 World Motorcycle Championships was held in the Soviet Union at Yuki, near Leningrad last Sunday (9 August). Thirty competitors from 15 countries raced in various classes of machines. The fields included seven of the ten top motorcyclists of the world. The second race of the 250cc moto-cross was typical of the action provided during the heats.
SYNOPSIS: The field for this event included Britain's Neil Hudson who is now second points for the current World title.
The route is one of the most complicated in the world, winding over two-and-a-half kilometres (one-and-a-half miles) and features many obstacles including jump offs, steep slopes and rises, ditches and pits.
The early leader was Georges Gobert, followed by the British ace Neil Hudson. Hudson, the 24-year-old Yamaha works rider, had won the previous event in the fine style.
Although light soil on the track prevented the motorcyclists from keeping their machines at high speed, Hudson handled the conditions well to retain his lead. Not so lucky was Gobert who had started so well, but lost control of his bike. He fell on a steep slope and Czech rider Josef Khara brought the injured Gobert back on his machine for treatment to a damaged hand.
The motorcycle World race is one of the most complicated of competitions with twelve events staged over six months in seven different countries.
West Germany's Rolph Diffenbach (Number 4) handled the hills well, likewise Dimitr Rangelow of Bulgaria (Number 3).
The win for Neil Hudson was his second in the Yuki Tour. Rangelow finished second. The British rider has now moved to within eleven points of world leader Georges Jobs of Belgium.