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’
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.