Phil Read of Britain, riding an MV Augusta, was almost sure of clinching the 1974 500cc World Motorcycle Championship after winning the Czechoslovak Grand Prix in Brno on Saturday.
SV & CUs Riders and mechanics prepare bikes (3 shots)
SV Officials talk
GV Crowd at trackside
GV Start of 500 cc race
GV PAN Race in progress (2 shots)
SV PAN Rider No. I round bend, followed by No. II and another
SV PAN No. I passes at speed followed by No. II (2 shots)
SV No. I crosses finish line to win
SV Winner receives garland
Initials BB/0151 MF/AH/BB/0203
SPORT: MOTOR CYCLE RACING
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Background: Phil Read of Britain, riding an MV Augusta, was almost sure of clinching the 1974 500cc World Motorcycle Championship after winning the Czechoslovak Grand Prix in Brno on Saturday.
His win gave him a further five points in the overall standings and put him 13 points ahead of his closest rival, Gianfranco Bonera of Italy, his team mate.
More than 250,000 people lined the ???isting road circuit at Brno to watch the day;'s racing. Phil Read led from the start, but there was some tight fighting for positions between the second and third riders, Lansivuori of Finland on a Yamaha and Bonera of Italy riding an MV Augusta, with Bonera eventually pulling ahead.
SYNOPSIS: Motor cycle enthusiasts from many countries gathered in Brno, Czechoslovakia on Saturday for the Czechoslovak Grand Prix races. There was a full programme of events, including fifty c.c., one hundred and twenty-five c.c., two hundred and fifth c.c. and the main race for five hundred c.c. machines.
Excitement mounted as the start of this race approached -- with over forty riders competing both for the winner's laurels and points towards the World Championship. The favourites for the race were the MV Augusta team, with Phil Read of Britain and Gianfranco Bonera of Italy riding.
Phil Read, on bike number one, took the lead from the start and was never challenged throughout the race. But the two hundred and fifty thousand spectators lining the twisty circuit were thrilled by some tight competition between Bonera and the Finnish rider Lansivuori on a Yamaha for second place. The rest of the field were completely outpaced by the leading trio.
Lansivuori stayed on Read's tail for most of the eleven laps of the race, but in catching and eventually passing him Bonera turned in the fastest lap with a speed of one hundred and three point eight miles an hour. At the finish it was Read first, Bonera second and Lansivuori third.