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Cycle News 1983 05 25

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; ~ C'(") 00 O'l ....... - c la ~ l!"l C'I >- C'j >..... ~ (A bov e left) Wi nner Kenny Roberts sp rays the champag ne. (A bov e right) As tuner Erv Kanemoto watches. Freddie Spencer wheels his bike out. World ChamRionshiR Road Race Series: Round 4 Roberts wins German GP, Spencer fourth By Hanny Ray Abrams HOCKENHEIM, W. GERMANY , MAY 8 In an exact reverse of th eir resu lts in last m onth' s French Grand P rix, Yamaha 's threetime W orld Champion Kenny Rober ts won his firs t GP of th e seaso n wh en race leader Freddie Spencer of Honda was slowed by exhaust problems to finish fourth in th e rain-shortened West German round at 16 Hockenheim, • Roberts took over the lead on th e eigh th lap , aft er Spencer had hol ed hi s expansion cham ber on th e number two cylin der, and won easily by four seco nds wh en th e ra ce wa s stopped by rain o n th e 15th of the sch edul ed 19 laps. H onda's T ak azum i Kat a ya ma put in h is best finish since break in g h is ribs in So u th Afr ica a nd tea m mat e Marco Lu cchinell i moved into thi rd in th e point sta n di ngs with his th ird pl ace fin ish . Spencer now leads R obert s 53-35 with " L uc ky" third with 25. Although the race was ended with the ch eckered £l ag on the 15th lap, a techni cality in th e rul es for ced o fficia ls to score th e ra ce from the lap before. According to F1M ru les, if th e checkered £l ag is to be u sed to en d the race, a white and yellow flag must be sh own th e lap before 10 indica te on e la p rem aining. Since th e officia ls chose to end the ra ce wit h th e chec kered in stead o f th e red flag, th ey were for ced 10 cha nge the sco ring wh en a pro test wa s fi led. As a result o f the p rot est , HB Suzuki's Worl d Cl\a mpio n Fran co Unci ni was moved from sixth to fifth ,So na utoCa uloises ' Yam ah a rid er Mar c Fori - tan wa s moved from eigh th to sixth, an d first p riv at eer Fren ch H ondamounted Raym ond Roche from fifth io sevent h . Eighth we nt 10 HB Suzuki's Randy Mam ola a nd ninth to Marlbo ro Yam aha 's Eddie Law son wh o, a lo n g with R o bert s a n d most o the rs , su ffered frorn insufficient practi ce tim e when th e final two qualifyin g sessions were hit with rain. The 250cc cl ass sa w its first rep eat winner when Italian GP winner Carlos Lavado rode his Venernotos Yam aha to a 20-second win , and fir st in the point sta n d i n gs, ov er Bartolmounted Frenchman Patrick Fernandez. Third went 10 Belgi an Didier d e Radigu es o n th e Ch evalier. . After a DNF in Fran ce, World Champion Angel Ni eto h as won the next two 125-cc Grand Prixs 10 place himself firml y in command of hi s quest for hi s 14th titl e. H e bested G arell i teamm at e Eugenio Lazzarini by four seco n ds here in th e 14 lap, 59 mil e race, a veragi ng 101.56 mph o n th e 4.22 mil e long, thumb-sh aped Motodrorn Hockenheim. Third went Italy's Pier Paolo Bianchi on the San venera. Also getting back on the right track was 50cc World Champion Stefan Doerfl inger. The Krauser Racing Team Kreidler pilot was fast quali fier by almost a second and a half, but at the checkered £lag on race day he only nipped second p lace Eugenio Lazzarini by 0.4 second. Third went 10 West German Ger hard Ba uer who posted the best finis h by a German . rider of the race weekend. Lazza rini holds a 39-30 edge over Doerfl in ger in points. Like the competition in the 250cc class, the race weeke nd weather was tota lly unpredictable. Friday's practice sessions were run in the dry, but Saturday 's were , for the most part, run in th e wet, so Jacques Cornu 's best 250cc time o n Friday wa s good eno ugh to give him the pol e position. H ow ever, a check of th e times i n th e rain showed tha t Ven ezu elan Carlos Lavadowas fastest a n d th at would p rov e decisive. 10

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