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Jarno Saarinen

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At the end of 1972 the Dutch Photographer Jan Heese, who was at that time Yamaha's "House" Photographer, took a lot of pictures for the coming season.

Jan Heese took this very nice picture of Jarno and his wife together with yours truly near the river Amstel in Amsterdam. That TX750 is the bike I rode in the very first long distance test to Switzerland. But that is a different story!

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In March 1973 Jarno started the season by surprising everyone in winning Daytona with his Yamaha 350 factory bike. here you see his machine being prepared for the event.

 

Jarno Saarinen's 350 Daytona bike
Jarno Saarinen's 350 Daytona bike

 

Here you see Jarno in his immaculate style going for the Victory in the Daytona Race (nr.10)

 

Jarno Saarinen, Daytona 1973
Jarno Saarinen, Daytona 1973

 

I have far better pictures of Paul Ricard 1973 but for the time being it has to be this one.

 

Jarno Saarinen, Paul Ricard 1973
Jarno Saarinen, Paul Ricard 1973

 

In Salzburg, Austria, the weather conditions were apalling, But Jarno won again both the 250 cc class and the 500 cc class in a convincing style. Absolutely nobody could get near him.

 

Jarno Saarinen, Salzburg 1973, 250 cc
Jarno Saarinen, Salzburg 1973, 250 cc

 

Jarno Saarinen, Salzburg 1973, 500 cc
Jarno Saarinen, Salzburg 1973, 500 cc

 

 

 

Jarno Saarinen's Yamaha 0W20
Jarno Saarinen's Yamaha 0W20
The 3 pictures hereunder with thanks to Roby from France....!
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Jarno Saarinen with Soili, East German 350 cc GP 1972
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Jarno Saarinen, East German 350 cc GP 1972, look at his determination (and the angled handle-bars on his bike, dating from his earlier ice-racing experience).
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Jarno Saarinen, East German 350 cc GP 1972
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In Japan, Winter 1972; we went to Japan not only for testing but also for Publicity. many brochures and other advertising material were made for the 1973 season. How tragic that that ended so cruelly.
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In Japan, Winter 1972, I took the pictures, they are actually color slides, but after nearly 40 years they are difficult to transfer to modern quality.
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In Japan, Winter 1972
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