FOLLOW THE LEADER
Geert timmer bocht // 1977 // CORNER: YEAR: Assen // Boet Van Dulmen leads Marco TRACK: Lucchinelli leads Bernard Fau (all Yamaha)
Big bikes, big riders and big crowds. In the old days the final flip/flop of the chicane on Dutch soil left much more opportunity for the bravest on the brakes to take a last-gasp lunge towards a final fight for the line. If you got it wrong, you messed yourself and your rivals up – but it might just have worked in the melee that followed. In truth, it was a gamble. However, if you were right in the other guy’s wheeltracks then you sat where you were and hit the throttle as soon as you could. Let the other guy drag you into the last corner, let him spend his resources leading you and anyone else close enough to enjoy the ride. But this was a tactic for the precise. Anxiety and victory parried on you getting on the gas earlier than the guy in front.the run to the end of the race was a fraught affair when this happened (ask Bernard Fau).