FIM World Road
Racing Championships 1988 – Round 8, the Dutch Grand Prix
Halfway through this year's championship and Wayne Gardner
(and Rothmans Honda) is without a win to his credit! Gardner has been plagued all year with
niggling injury and mechanical maladies - which have combined to frustrate his
every move to regain the title.
Eddie Lawson (Marlboro Yamaha), on the other hand, has
suffered no such inconveniences, and held a healthy 28 point lead over Wayne
Rainey (Yamaha) with Gardner a further 12 points in arrears as they came to
Assen. Surely the time had come for Gardner's
fortune to come good?
The 250cc class was to provide the scrap of the day, both on
and off the track! Sito Pons and Dominique Sarron battled throughout the 18 lap
race, until the last corner of the last lap! Judge for yourself who was to
blame for the decisive incident, shown here from at least three different
camera locations. Juan Garrigo (Yamaha) took full advantage of the melee, to
become the first rider this year to win more than one round, so close is the
The massive Dutch crowd had come to see Egbert Streuer win
round 4 of the sidecar championship on the same day that their countrymen were
winning football’s European Cup Final! Both he and Britain's Steve Webster wondered if
either of them could manage to claw back the speed deficit to speedy Swiss Rolf
Biland, who, with partner Kurt Waltisberg, had won all the sidecar rounds so
far this year on the LCR Krauser outfit. Biland was again successful, but not
before a glorious three-way scrap with his two closest rivals. Can anyone beat
Rocket Rolf, or will he go through the season unbeaten?
Videovision brings you Grand Prix racing at its very best
from the friendly Dutch TT. Where else would you see a 'Mexican wave' that
rippled round the near four mile circuit!