Moto mem­o­ries

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It’s 1972, the Ja­panese have ar­rived and MX is shoot­ing up a gear. Roger De­coster is in the as­cen­dency at Suzuki and show­ing he’s a win­ner.

…the tough get go­ing’ is an old say­ing but at the 1972 Bri­tish MX GP at Far­leigh Cas­tle in Wilt­shire, Roger De­coster proved the state­ment to be true when he emerged victor af­ter a protest, brake prob­lems and even a spill. The 27-year-old Bel­gian glam­our boy of MX proved he had just what it takes to re­tain a world crown. Victor in the first leg of the GP, De­coster ripped the brake pedal from his 370 Suzuki as he dived into a rut in the sec­ond leg. At GP level such brake prob­lems are more than an in­con­ve­nience but De­coster bat­tled back to third place. Even bet­ter for the Bel­gian reign­ing champ this, al­lied with his win in the first leg, put him a sec­ond ahead of Maico’s Ake Jon­s­son over­all. Maico protested, a jury de­lib­er­ated, dis­cussed, called wit­nesses and, af­ter twoand-a-half hours de­clared Roger De­coster win­ner of the Bri­tish MX GP.

Photo: Nick Ni­cholls Col­lec­tion at www.mor­ton­sarchive.com

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