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Cycle News 1979 09 26

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Harry Everts lebovalled &elglen teammllteS Andra Malherbe ltop right) and Rog. DeCoster lright! to victory In the MX d.. NlItiona.lRla photos.1 Motocross des Nations Belgian stars scoop American-less team contest By Geoff Aspell RUSKEASANTA, FINLAND, SEPT. 2 After Britain's new World Champion Graham Noyce had been sidelined with injury, the Belgian team scooped the lion's share of the glory in the Motocross des Nations - the annual 500cc team contest - held near Helsinki Finland on S d' un ay. The very fast and sandy track 14 at Rusk.easanta. just ouuide the Finnish capital, was the scene for this year's battle of the motocroaaing countries, and with the British squad including new 500cc World Champion Noyce and runner-up in the 250cc class Neil Hudson, it looked as though could ha~e had a chance of WtnnIng the prestlgeous event for the fint time since 1967. But it was Dot to be. The Dutch and the Belgians produce possibly the best sand racen tn the world. and their overall experience was enough to give them the edge on the deep sand circuit which was ideal for speetaton. Leader of the home team. Heik.k.i Mikkola was out of action after injuring his back. while practicing earlier in the week., leaving the Finish squad underpowered. The Italian team did not even turn up at the circuit and offered no explanation. Britain's quartet was Noyce. Hudson, Vaughan Semmens and Rob Hooper, all chosen for their on-form performances in recent evenu by team manger Dave NicoU. The tint leg got off to an electrifying start. Dutchinan Gerard Rond got the hole\shot with tiny Belgian 125cc World Champion Harry Everu inches behind, chased by the hefty Swede. Torlei£Hansen. Next were Noyce's factory teammate Belgian Andre Malherbe on the Honda. and reigning 250cc World Champion Carlqvist. Malherbe was having to go lik.e blazes because fellow countryman Ivan Van den Broeck had been sidelined with a broken leg received in the Saturday practice session. Multi-World Champion Roger De COlter was using his sand racing skills for all they were worth, and the rest of the shoulder· to-shoulder group' included Dan Arne Lodal, Netl Hudson and Graham Noyce. Rond was just superb on his favorite sandy going and by the time the riden hurtled. around for the beginning of the second lap he had already pulled out a substantial lead. Last year's winnen, the Russians, were malting no impression at all, with an off·fonn Moiseev struggling to get his KTM near the front of the pack.. By the fourth lap, he had pulled the- Russian

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