1979

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SHEENE V ROBERTS, 1979, SIL­VER­STONE

Au­gust 12, Sil­ver­stone Kenny Roberts and Barry Sheene were locked in an epic race-long bat­tle. Dutch­man Will Har­tog mixed it with the su­per­star pair un­til half- dis­tance and then left it to the de­ter­mined Amer­i­can and crafty cock­ney to duke it out in front of 70,000 scream­ing Sil­ver­stone fans. Sheene even man­aged ‘a wave’ at Roberts as they flew down the Hangar Straight. The ‘wave’ looks de­cid­edly like a two-fin­ger sa­lute but it made for stun­ning view­ing. Af­ter the race, Roberts an­nounced he and fel­low rid­ers were plan­ning a break­away world se­ries from the FIM af­ter ma­jor fall­outs over poor pay and track safety. Roberts won the ti­tle, but the se­ries never ma­te­ri­alised. The move forced the FIM to im­prove rider pay and safety be­came a ma­jor is­sue.

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