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.