Eddie Lawson of the United States rode his Marlboro Yamaha to a convincing victory in the Austrian 500cc Motor Cycling Grand Prix in Salzburg on May 20.
1. SV Riders at the start and moving off. 0.09
2. GV Riders down straight. 0.20
3. GV Riders round bends. 0.39
4. SV Number 9 leads, followed by No. 4, Eddie Lawson (USA) and No. 3 Randy Mamola (USA). Number 3 takes lead as they round bend and down straight. (3 SHOTS) 1.02
5. SV & GV Number 4, Lawson leads down straight and is overtaken by No. 3 Mamola on bend. No. 4 retakes lead on second bend. (2 SHOTS) 1.23
6. SV Number 4 out ahead, round bend to win, followed by lapped riders. (2 SHOTS) 1.40
SPORT: MOTOR CYCLING
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Background: SALBURG, AUSTRIA
Eddie Lawson of the United States rode his Marlboro Yamaha to a convincing victory in the Austrian 500cc Motor Cycling Grand Prix in Salzburg on May 20. His compatriot, world champion Freddie Spencer, was second, ahead of another American, Randy Mamola. Lawson was slow away from the start, but was up front from the seventh lap on. For the next ten laps, Lawson was battling with Mamola and Britain's Ron Haslam. The three riders took turns to lead, but Haslam dropped back at the 17th lap. He later complained of a problem with his Michelin front tyre. Mamola continued to harry Lawson and led at times, but from lap 24 Lawson took charge. Mamola slowed dramatically in the last lap to let Spencer take second place. Lawson's win left him with 57 world championship points, 20 ahead of his nearest rival, Frenchman Raymond Roche. Spencer, the reigning world champion, is ten points behind Roche.