ROUND 7: USA ROLLING BANCH, 11TH JUNE 1978
Using his home round advantage to its full effect Bernie Schreiber on the Bultaco was a very popular winner in front of the crowd in America. He was in excellent form and never looked like being beaten all day. Using his experience on the world circuit Schreiber advised the organisers with the setting out of the hazards, making it into an excellent event enjoyed by all. Yrjo Vesterinen once again showed his true form and like any worthy champion bounced straight back off a bad result at the last round to finish 2nd in America. It was the turn of Lampkin to lose out on a tie break as Sweden’s new Mr Consistency Ulf Karlson put the Montesa onto the final step on the podium. After finishing 3rd in the world in 1977 the move from Montesa to the British built Beamish Suzuki had not gone to plan for Malcolm Rathmell and despite a good 7th position in the USA he still did not look happy with his riding.
RESULTS: 1: Schreiber 24; 2: Vesterinen 35; 3: Karlson 39; 4: Lampkin (350 Bultaco-GBR) 39; 5: Whaley 50; 6: Curt Comer (Montesa-USA) 51; 7: Rathmell 54; 8: Andrews (310 Ossa-GBR) 61; 9: Gorgot 66; 10: Coutard (280 SWM-FRA) 71. CHAMPIONSHIP: 1: Lampkin 82; 2: Vesterinen 70; 3: Schreiber 62; 4: Karlson 56; 5: Andrews 44.