1974

Two elec­tions in a year, Sir Alf Ram­sey is sacked as Eng­land man­ager and Read rules 500GPS ‘The record-break­ing ride in the Bel­gian GP was the most sat­is­fy­ing of my en­tire ca­reer’

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The coun­try was in a state of flux as Con­ser­va­tive leader Ed­ward Heath failed to win a par­lia­men­tary ma­jor­ity af­ter call­ing a snap elec­tion - sound fa­mil­iar? But Phil Read was giv­ing us some­thing to smile about as he bagged his sec­ond 500 world cham­pi­onship in con­sec­u­tive years aboard his MV Agusta.

A cer­tain Barry Sheene was also mak­ing an im­pres­sion on the world stage and he fin­ished the sea­son sixth in the ti­tle ta­ble.

Gi­a­como Agos­tini was rul­ing the 350 class, but was strug­gling to get

PHIL READ, 1974 WORLD CHAMP

his 500 Yamaha on terms with the mighty MVS.

Yamaha were rip­ping up UK roads with their range of RD two-strokes. De­spite sell­ing well in the 125, 250 and 350 cat­e­gories, Yamaha even brought out an RD200 – just be­cause they could. And while it never sold as well as its coun­ter­parts, it did have an elec­tric starter!

At the top end of the cc scale, Kawasaki were blow­ing all of their ri­vals away with the Z1. In­tro­duced in 1972, the Z1 took MCN’S Ma­chine of the Year ti­tle from 1973 to 1976.

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