ROUND 9: AUS­TRIA AUTRICHE: 23RD JULY 1978

Classic Trial - - TRIAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -

You can never keep a good man down, and Fin­land’s Yrjo Ves­ter­i­nen came straight out of the start­ing blocks to show the world that he in­tended to fight all the way to re­tain his world cham­pi­onship ti­tle for Bul­taco. Af­ter three laps of twenty tough haz­ards, which were re­flected in the fi­nal scores, the sin­gle-mark ad­van­tage over Schreiber was also a much-needed boost for his morale. For Lamp­kin it was not such a good day, which was fur­ther com­pounded as he lost 5th po­si­tion on the tie-breaker with Rob Shep­herd. For Beamish Suzuki rider Mal­colm Rath­mell things went from bad to worse as he posted his worst ever score in a world round with 18th po­si­tion. French rider Charles Coutard was very happy as he took the SWM back into the points on a much-mod­i­fied ma­chine. With three rounds re­main­ing could Lamp­kin main­tain his ad­van­tage over Ves­ter­i­nen to take an­other world ti­tle? We would see!.

RESULTS: 1: Ves­ter­i­nen 136; 2: Schreiber 137; 3: Karlson 140; 4: Le­je­une 154; 5: Shep­herd 157; 6: Lamp­kin 157; 7: Soler 161; 8: Coutard 163; 9: Ryysy 172; 10: Wha­ley 173. CHAM­PI­ONSHIP (9/12 ROUNDS): 1: Martin Lamp­kin (350 Bul­taco-GBR) 99; 2: Yrjo Ves­ter­i­nen (325 Bul­taco-FIN) 91; 3: Bernie Schreiber (325 Bul­taco-USA) 89; 4: Ulf Karlson (350 Mon­tesa-SWE) 71; 5: Rob Shep­herd (306 Honda-GBR) 47; 6: Mick An­drews (320 Yamaha/310 Ossa-GBR) 44; 7: Jean Marie Le­je­une (310 Mon­te­saBEL) 25; 8: Toni Gor­got (Bul­taco-ESP) 21; 9: Manuel Soler (Bul­taco) 12; 10: Jaime Su­bira (Mon­tesa-ESP) 12; 11: Mal­colm Rath­mell (325 Suzuki-GBR) 11; 12: Charles Coutard (280 SWM-FRA) 11; 13: Jean Luc Col­son (Mon­tesa-BEL) 10; 14: Mar­land Wha­ley (Mon­tesa-USA) 10; 15: Nigel Bir­kett (Mon­tesa-GBR) 7.

Re­mem­ber the name of this very young rider in Bel­gium: Eddy Le­je­une (Honda-BEL).

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