1973 – Sheene comes out on top

Classic Racer - - MOMENT -

Ti­tled the ‘For­mula 750 FIM Prize’, 1973 saw six races held af­ter a sev­enth, to be run in the US, was can­celled, and it was the al­ready es­tab­lished Imola 200 event that hosted the first round. Jarno Saari­nen took the vic­tory but just a few weeks later, the Fly­ing Finn was dead af­ter the ap­palling accident at the Ital­ian Grand Prix. A week af­ter the Monza dis­as­ter, round two of the new 750cc se­ries took place at Paul Ri­card, France, but not many rid­ers showed up for the event, a com­bi­na­tion of the Ital­ian accident, the fact that the 750cc se­ries was very new and that it was also poorly pub­li­cised. Barry Sheene did show up and he got the verdict on his Tr750cc Suzuki, with Aus­tralian John Dodds tak­ing sec­ond. The se­ries then headed to Scan­di­navia, with Jack Find­lay win­ning at An­der­storp and lo­cal hero Tepi Lan­sivouri com­ing out on top at the lit­tle-known Ahvenisto cir­cuit in Fin­land. But with a third in Swe­den and a sec­ond in Fin­land, Sheene was the es­tab­lished cham­pi­onship leader, al­though Find­lay was be­gin­ning to make a charge. The Aus­tralian took sec­ond at Mosport, Canada be­hind Paul Smart and ahead of Dodds and Mick Grant but he slipped back to fifth at Hock­en­heim as Bri­tish rider Stan Woods be­came the lat­est win­ner ahead of Sheene, Dodds and lo­cal hero Di­eter Braun. That just left the Span­ish round at Jarama and sec­ond place saw Sheene crowned the first win­ner of the For­mula 750 FIM Prize, with the con­sis­tent Dodds tak­ing his first win. Cham­pi­onship po­si­tions

1 Barry Sheene (Suzuki) 51pts 2 John Dodds (Yamaha) 47 3 Jack Find­lay (Suzuki) 45

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