FAB­U­LOUS BAKER

Classic Bike (UK) - - World | Letters - MARK REVELLE

In his oth­er­wise ex­cel­lent piece on Steve Baker (CB April), Mat Ox­ley omits to men­tion the first time we saw Baker race in the UK, in 1976 at the Transat­lantic Races. Baker, who I be­lieve had only seen the track for the first time three days ear­lier, shot off from the line, es­tab­lished a huge lead and kept it to the fin­ish. In both races. Re­mark­able, but when you look at the com­pe­ti­tion – Read, Sheene, Roberts, Nixon, etc – as­ton­ish­ing Baker’s record in Worlds was not a sur­prise to those of us priv­i­leged to see him that Easter. His treat­ment by Yamaha was odi­ous. He was a le­gend in the mak­ing un­til in­jury fin­ished his ca­reer.

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