ROUND 5: SPAIN MATADEPERA: 12TH MARCH 1978
With a new three-year contract tucked under his belt Bernie Schreiber showed the Spanish manufacturers Bultaco that he was the ‘Real Deal’. Riding a very standard-looking Bultaco, he fitted his favourite rear shock absorbers and handlebars and took a confidence boosting win over Martin Lampkin. The star of the show though was Mick Andrews. After making a last-minute deal, supported by the UK importers the Holdens, he rode a new 310cc Ossa onto the podium in 3rd place and the patriotic crowd loved it! The event was not a good one for Vesterinen though, as he lost further ground in the championship to Lampkin after losing yet another tie-break with Rob Shepherd. Riding the only other four-stroke machine in the trial Nick Jefferies made some very brave attempts at the steep unforgiving hazards on the Britishbuilt CCM. With an entry of 68 riders, Spanish machines continued to dominate the trials world.
RESULTS: 1: Schreiber 32; 2: Lampkin 37; 3: Andrews (310 Ossa) 37; 4: Karlson 47; 5: Shepherd 55; 6: Vesterinen 55; 7: Colson 57; 8: Birkett 63; 9: Gorgot 70; 10: Coutard 73. CHAMPIONSHIP: 1: Lampkin 59; 2: Vesterinen 55; 3: Andrews 36; 4: Karlson 36; 5: Schreiber 35.