ROUND 4: FRANCE SOMMIERES: 5TH MARCH 1978

Classic Trial - - TRIAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -

Show­ing no signs of the pres­sure of be­ing ‘On Trial’, with the fu­ture of his time as a Bul­taco sup­ported rider be­ing de­ter­mined in a fur­ther seven days, Bernie Schreiber was in ex­cel­lent form. Classed as ‘crazy’ by many of the rid­ers, the time limit was ex­tended af­ter the first lap by an ex­tra thirty min­utes as the or­gan­is­ers were faced with mak­ing mass ex­clu­sions when only Martin Lamp­kin and Mick An­drews were able to keep to the time limit. Lamp­kin would go on to fin­ish one mark in front of Ves­ter­i­nen to close the gap in the cham­pi­onship chase, as An­drews had a mas­sive crash be­tween the haz­ards when he plunged off a ledge and fell down, twist­ing the frame and bend­ing the front forks on the Yamaha. De­spite the pres­sure of the time limit Ves­ter­i­nen fin­ished 3rd as he held onto his cham­pi­onship lead. With no fi­nan­cial sup­port from Yamaha, An­drews was con­tem­plat­ing his next move to con­tinue in the cham­pi­onship.

RESULTS: 1: Schreiber 125; 2: Lamp­kin 127; 3: Ves­ter­i­nen 128; 4: Su­bira 133; 5: Karlson 138; 6: Shep­herd 141; 7: An­drews (320 Yamaha) 142; 8: Gor­got 145; 9: Rath­mell 150; 10: Joaquim Abad (Ossa-ESP) 157. CHAM­PI­ONSHIP: 1: Ves­ter­i­nen 50; 2: Lamp­kin 47; 3: Karlson 28; 4: Shep­herd 27; 5: An­drews 26.

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