Top British rider and twice World five hundred c.c.
SV & CU INTERIOR Sheene unveils his new Akai Yamaha machine (3 shots)
CU Sheene replying to questions from reporter
SHEENE: "The government body of our sport, which is the F.I.M., we have tries to work with them for the past three years and it's got to be stage now where it's just an impossibility. So, we've decided that we wanted to start a new series of races on decent circuits with decent money and everyone being treated the way they should be."
REPORTER: "Have you got the money and have you got the circuits? What circuits will these races take place on?"
SHEENE: "We've got four circuits signed up, and the other four are in the process of completing the contracts now. They're all the best circuits available. For example, we've got Imola, Paul Rickard. There are endless possibilities but, as I say they haven't all signed."
REPORTER: "So can I ask you what is going to happen to the traditional Grand Prix season, because I know there are some tracks in this world you are enthusiastic about and there are some you are determined never to race again. What is going to happen to the Grand Prix circuit?"
SHEENE: "Well we had meeting in Brussels last Saturday and there were twenty five of the top guys in the world and we all signed a contract which says that because of the financial situation and the safety on the circuits we would not ride at the following Grand Prix. Starting with Venezuela. The German Grand Prix if its held at the Nurburg Ring. The Belgium Grand Prix, unless they resurface the circuit nobody will ride there. The Swedish Grand Prix and the Finnish Grand Prix which are just total financial disasters and the Finnish Grand Prix circuit is just for too dangerous.
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Background: Top British rider and twice World five hundred c.c. motorcycle champion, Barry Sheene has announced that he intends to enter a private team in this year' World Series Racing. Sheene and about forty top riders joined World Series Racing last year because they said the world championship run by the official International Motor Cycle Federation did not pay enough and were contested on unsafe circuits.
SYNOPSIS: At a news conference Sheene unveiled one of his new machines built by the Japanese firm, Yamaha. He has raised more than three hundred thousand pounds to finance his private team. Sheene's largest sponsor is the Akai company. He later talked about the dispute with the official body.