‘Come on then, stop us striking!’

YEAR: 1982. // LOCATION: Nogaro circuit, paddock gates, France.

Things had been growing tense in the world of motorcycle racing – on the riders’ side frustrations were rising to almost pique in Grand Prix.

Riders were fed up with a promoter-biased recipe of dangerous tracks and poor money.

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By the late 1970s Kenny Roberts tried to start a ‘breakaway’ world series which never got off the ground, not least of all because some of the biggest names of the time (Wil Hartog being one of them) refused the offer to go racing in this alternative option.

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