In a riot of sound and scorched rubber, Britain's Phil Read boosted his chances of retaining the World 500 CC Motor Cycle Crown by winning the belgian Grand Prix at Francorchamps, Belgium on Sunday (6 July).
GV & SV PAN Drivers prepare at start. (2 shots)
GV PAN Start of race, round bend up hill.
LV PAN Number Two Phil Read (G. B.-M.V.) leading from Number Four G. Bonera (Italy-M.V.)
SV AND GV Riders in pursuit. (2 shots)
SV PAN Read leading from Bonera around hairpin.
SV Group of three riders led by Number 46 A. George (C.B. - Yamaha) around bend
SV PAN on Phil Read in the lead.
SV No. 90 Geant (G.B.) leading G. Agostini (Italy - Yamaha) around bend.
SV PAN Riders in pursuit.
SV PAN Read takes chequered flag.
SV Crowd watch as Read receives laurels.
Initials VS 17.15 VS 17.40
SPORT: MOTOR CYCLE RACING
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Background: In a riot of sound and scorched rubber, Britain's Phil Read boosted his chances of retaining the World 500 CC Motor Cycle Crown by winning the belgian Grand Prix at Francorchamps, Belgium on Sunday (6 July).
Read, riding an M.V. Augusta, won in superb style at an average speed of 133.13 m.p.h., to take his first championship win of the season.
He dominated the race from the start. Both his main rivals for the Belgian title, fellow countryman barry Sheena, on a Suzuki, and Giacomo Agostini of Italy, on a Yamaha, were forced to retire.
Sheen had many supporters in the huge crowd. After Agostini's withdrawal -- through mechanical trouble -- the race developed into a dual between Read and Sheene.
On the eighth lap Sheen pressed hard and the spectators roared their approval as he went into the lead. But Read thrust ahead again -- and Sheena ran out of petrol.
Read's victory gives him a total of sixty-nine points in the championship table,followed by Agostini with fifty-seven, and Hideo Kanaya of Japan with forty-five points.