Originally Posted by motu
Which is faster....speedway or flattrack? Who are the fastest riders? This should answer it - Barry Briggs on a flattracker,not a bike he was familiar with,but seems to be doing ok using his speedway style technique.....Mert and Dick Mann can't do anything about Briggo going around the outside.
The photo was taken at Santa Fe Speedway in AUgust of 1970. I was there that night...Briggs was riding a Yamaha twin set up like a speedway bike with flat tracker numberplates. Briggs did not beat the flat trackers. He could not make the outside line work and faded and was eliminated in his 10 lap heat race.
He put on a great show and the crowd loved his outside line speedway style, so the promoter put up $300 winner take all for a 3 man match race between Dick Mann, Neil Keen (track champion at the time) and Briggo for after the main event. Briggo finished last.
BTW...Dick Mann won the national on an OSSA.