In­ter­na­tional� 1978 TWC

Yrjo Ves­ter­i­nen (325 Bul­taco-FIN): Nick­named the ‘Ice­man’ for his cool cal­cu­lated ap­proach to win­ning, ‘Vesty’ was in ex­cel­lent form at the sec­ond round. Hav­ing won in Ire­land he car­ried his form into round two de­spite the arc­tic con­di­tions. His tech­nique

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In a true test of man and ma­chine the 1978 Trial World Cham­pi­onship wel­comed close on 90 riders to com­pete against the el­e­ments for round two at an event based around Rhayader in Wales. With snow and ice, (-8 de­grees was recorded at one group of sec­tions), play­ing a ma­jor part in the event the or­gan­is­ing Rhayader MC re­sorted to putting salt on the rocks and break­ing the heav­i­est cov­er­ings of ice with ham­mers! The event was a sin­gle lap of 45 haz­ards, based around the spec­tac­u­lar dams and reser­voirs of the Elan and Claer­wen Val­leys. The town of Rhayader is sit­u­ated in the very heart of Mid Wales in the beau­ti­ful Up­per Wye Val­ley shel­tered by the Cam­brian Moun­tains, but they did not pro­tect from the heavy snow falls which came, turn­ing the area in to a win­ter won­der­land. Want­ing to make it a hat-trick of world ti­tles, Fin­land’s Yrjo Ves­ter­i­nen had taken the win at the open­ing world round in Ire­land the week be­fore. 1975 World Cham­pion Martin Lamp­kin would push ‘Vesty’ all day to fin­ish sec­ond as the 1971–1972 Euro­pean Cham­pion Mick An­drews wel­comed a re­turn to form to round off the podium on the Yamaha. Would the ice and snow in Wales throw up some sur­prise re­sults in round two? Words: John Hulme, Mo­tor­cy­cle, Mor­ton’s Archive and Mo­tor­cy­cle News • Pic­tures: Mal­colm Car­ling Rev­el­ling in the ice cold con­di­tions sim­i­lar to his home back in Fin­land, Yrjo Ves­ter­i­nen was in fan­tas­tic form to take a clear vic­tory in front of Ulf Karl­son on the Mon­tesa. Much to the de­light of the home crowd it was ‘Mag­i­cal’ Mick An­drews who used his su­perb throt­tle con­trol to find the max­i­mum grip on his Yamaha with some ex­cel­lent dis­plays of his rid­ing abil­ity to come home in 3rd po­si­tion. 1975 FIM World Cham­pion Martin Lamp­kin used a dif­fer­ent tech­nique on his way to 4th po­si­tion, with his ag­gres­sive rid­ing style pay­ing div­i­dends as he used the power of his full 350cc Bul­taco to at­tack the slip­pery rocks and climbs. With two rounds gone Ves­ter­i­nen had pulled out a 10 point ad­van­tage over Lamp­kin; it was game-on in the fight for the 1978 world crown.

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