From the Clas­sic Racer ar­chive

Classic Racer - - ARCHIVE -

Two great mo­ments from rac­ing’s past that typ­ify what we're about. Both iconic mo­ments cap­tured by two of the world’s best mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing pho­tog­ra­phers. Each im­age is a snap­shot of a much big­ger story that shaped the rac­ing world to come.

COR­NER: GERRARDS // YEAR: 1978 // TRACK: MAL­LORY PARK // PAT HENNEN TRIES TO BREAK AWAY FROM KENNY ROBERTS

Pat Hennen was on some­thing of a roll at this event. He was the top point scorer in thetransat­lantic Tro­phy in 1978; two years be­fore he had be­come the first Amer­i­can to win a Grand Prix in 1976 (Ima­tra, Fin­land – it was his de­but GP year) and at this mo­ment in time, as the pic­ture was taken, no­body could get close. Fol­low­ing, go­ing into Gerrards, is Kenny Roberts. His 750Yamaha forced to suck in great me­chan­i­cal lung­fuls of ex­haust from the 652 Suzuki ahead. Kenny went on to win the race (de­spite the sun­shine, it was cold) which grated on Pat some­what. It was an un­fit­ting fi­nal out­ing for Hennen at the Le­ices­ter­shire cir­cuit be­fore the Isle of MANTT crash in the Se­nior a mat­ter of weeks later, that would end his ca­reer.

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