Having had my entries for the 125, 250 and 350 classes all accepted, we were
delighted and relieved when my practice sessions went well, qualifying in the 3 classes – was lady luck beginning to smile on us once again?
We discovered this was not altogether the case when we were informed by the race organizers, a visiting FIM representative from Switzerland, had objected to me starting in all 3 races as he claimed, I could exceed the total time permitted for a rider to race on any one day – I had not heard of this rule before!
As a result of this intervention I was struck off the starting list for the 250 class race, the class in which ironically, I had achieved my best qualifying practice result of 17th place. The organizers did, however, agree that as I had officially qualified, I would still receive the start money they had offered for all 3 races.
The above was the official explanation given to us for why I was being struck off the 250 starting list. Within hours, however, we were to hear a rumour circulating in the paddock that I had been struck off as a result of MZ making a last minute entry application for Mike Hailwood to ride one of their Works bikes, in addition to Alan Shepherd and the two East German Works riders, they had already entered for the 250 race.
Well what could we do? MZ were the top East German team and it was Mike Hailwood. Mike had also won the 250 races for MZ in the previous two years. We soon came to the decision to just take the start money for the 3 races and not take the matter any further.