ROUND 8: ITALY PINEROLO: 16TH JULY 1978

Classic Trial - - TRIAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -

Once again, we wit­nessed the tal­ent of Bernie Schreiber as he sim­ply de­stroyed the field of chal­lengers un­der a scorch­ing red hot sun in Italy. It was an anx­ious Martin Lamp­kin who found that one of his ex­per­i­men­tal air rear shock ab­sorbers on his Bul­taco had been messed with in the ‘Parc Ferme’ overnight, re­sult­ing in a complete loss of pres­sure. Af­ter some quick work on it he was away, and soon set­tled down to the job in hand. His 2nd po­si­tion fur­ther in­creased his cham­pi­onship lead with Vesty fin­ish­ing in 5th po­si­tion. For the first time in his ca­reer the nine­teen-year-old Span­ish rider Toni Gor­got took the fi­nal step of the podium in 3rd, just in front of Manuel Soler mak­ing a complete top five for Bul­taco. Mar­land Wha­ley, hav­ing made the move from the four-stroke Honda to Mon­tesa, was 8th as Great Bri­tain’s Nigel Bir­kett coped well with the heat to fin­ish in 9th and with it gain two cham­pi­onship points.

RESULTS: 1: Schreiber 22; 2: Lamp­kin 37; 3: Gor­got 40; 4: Soler 42; 5: Ves­ter­i­nen 44; 6: Karlson 50; 7: Su­bira 54; 8: Wha­ley 56; 9: Bir­kett 61; 10: Joe Wall­man (Bul­taco-AUT) 62. CHAM­PI­ONSHIP: 1: Lamp­kin 94; 2: Schreiber 77; 3: Ves­ter­i­nen 76; 4: Karlson 61; 5: An­drews 44.

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