The World Pairs Final 1970
With Sweden playing host to the Final, the biggest news from the Semis was the eliminations of Australia, Denmark and Norway. Poland had safely qualified but withdrew! Now instead of Bulgeria simply stepping up as next in line, Denmark were brought in as a reserve team! And it was agreed that their points would not count in the final tally. SAY WHAT???
The defending champions New Zealand had won their Semi by Ivan Mauger and Barry Briggs. However as Briggo still wanted nothing to do with The Land of the Lakes, Ronnie Moore eagerly stepped up to make up for last year's disappointment.
Malmo staged the World Pairs Final on June 2nd. And what a comeback for Ronnie Moore as he and Ivan Mauger stood on the podium with the Gold Medals! Ronnie was the only rider on a JAP, "The JAP was more suited to the slick Malmo track than the Jawas. I had plenty of drive while all the others got was wheelspin." Their clash with the home team by Ove Fundin and Bangt Jansson would be the highlight, here is how Ronnie saw it:
"For the first lap there were only inches between the four of us. Ove couldn't get past Ivan and I couldn't get past Ove. On the second lap, I managed to draw level with Ove but couldn't quite get far enough ahead to chop across his bows. Down the straight we were neck and neck. He had the inside running and when he hit the bend he started to slide out. I whipped the JAP over and turned inside him. I was then better placed, although a blanket could still have been thrown over us all."
The pressure then went off as Ove's primary chain broke and he was out, the Kiwis securing the 5-1. But Ove then insisted it was Ronnie's fault! Pure Fundin theatre and Ronnie's reply? "Dont be a bloody idiot !"
The only glitch for New Zealand came in the last heat when Ivan forgot to turn his fuel on! So a 5-1 became a 3-3 with Ronnie taking endless delight in securing the victory.
An amazing night too for the 'retired' Fundin. 5 wins and a broken chain. Ove told me he was leading when the chain broke. One day, You-tube may solve that one.
1 Moore Mauger Stancl Verner
1st New Zealand 28
2nd Sweden 25
3rd England 19
4th Scotland 18
5th CZ 11
6th Yugoslavia 8
7th Res Denmark 17
This article was first published on 21st July 2014
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