YCRT at Spa, July 2008

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Ferry Brouwer, as "Patron" of the "Yamaha Classic Racing Team" and co-organizer of the Spa "Bikers Classics" this year, assembled one of the largest Yamaha teams ever for this event, as can be seen from the following report!

 

(Most pictures can be "clicked" for larger format, except nrs. 4-9-10-11-14-15-18-21).

All the Yamaha Classic Racing Team riders, mechanics and some of the bikes!

 

All the Yamaha Classic Racing Team riders and their mechanics. On this picture I see already 27 men!

 

All the Yamaha Classic Racing Team riders and their mechanics. I count 11 riders and Giacomo Agostini who has not bothered to dress-up for his race yet!

 

The G.P. stars from the past did their duty and signed (I do think) thousands of autographs. Can you recognize these "youngsters" from behind?

 

Signature session, spot the stars!
Signature session, spot the stars!

 


On a major event like this who can better start the pictures than the old master himself, Giacomo Agostini with the Yamaha 0W23 500 cc G.P. bike which he also used during the 1975 season.

 

Down the straight Giacomo Agostini is hurting his Yamaha 0W23 bike like in the old days, followed by Dieter Braun on the Yamaha 1972 YZ634 (this was the prototype of the 1973 TZ350)

 

Ferry Brouwer's unbelievable Yamaha RD05A 4 cylinder replica machine is piloted here by Chas Mortimer, one of the very few riders in the world who can handle delicate machines like this crownjewel!

 

Chas Mortimer is having fun on the Yamaha 0W45 500 cc G.P. bike (1979 Kenny Roberts and Johnny Cecotto), followed by Steve Baker on the awsome Yamaha 0W31 750 cc monster and Mario van Rooijen with the Yamaha 500 cc 3 cyl., the bigger brother/sister of the 350 cc 3cyl. 1977 World Championship Katayama machine.

 

The Yamaha YZ634A was the factory 353 cc machine to compete in the 500 cc class in 1972. It was used by Rod Gould and Chas Mortimer at that time, in Spa Carlos Lavado gave it a try.

 

Carlos Lavado, Yamaha YZ634A
Carlos Lavado, Yamaha YZ634A

 

Michelle Duff is riding here the mystic Yamaha RD56F four cylinder 4-stroke and has obviously great fun in trailing the poor Moto Guzzi rider with her terribly noisy Yamaha bike!

 

Michelle Duff, Yamaha RD56F, follows old Guzzi
Michelle Duff, Yamaha RD56F, follows old Guzzi

 

The 1988 prototype 0W90 250 cc which Randy Mamola is speeding here down the Paddock straight was the forerunner of the latest generation TZ250 production racers ("V-twins").

 

Randy Mamola, Yamaha 0W90
Randy Mamola, Yamaha 0W90

 

Randy Mamola was also using the "double-seater" Yamaha YZFR1 race bike, especially designed to scare the pants (literary) of the passengers. Ferry Brouwer is already looking for victims for this fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The event was a massive crowd puller as can be seen here from the masses of people of all ages showing their interest in classic racing.

 

Huge crowds in Spa, 2008
Huge crowds in Spa, 2008

 

Pentti Korhonen From Finland still loves to ride and on the following shot you can see him piloting the "mystic" Yamaha RR08A 350 cc 4 cylinder prototype machine.

 

Pentti Korhonen on the Yamaha RR08A
Pentti Korhonen on the Yamaha RR08A

 

No sharper contrast can be viewed than between Giacomo Agostini's 0W23 G.P. machine from the seventies and Valentino Rossi's modern M1 Yamaha Moto G.P. bike. But remember, there are 25 years in between.......!

 

Kel Carruthers, Rod Gould and Chas Mortimer, all famous Yamaha men in the late 1960's and early 1970's are having a chat.

 

Rod Gould was again re-united with his World Championship bike, the Yamaha YZ635 and rode it like the 35 years since did not happen!

 

Rodney Gould on the Yamaha YZ635
Rodney Gould on the Yamaha YZ635

 

Christian Sarron, Pentti Korhonen and Dieter Braun are also having a brief rest. After all, condition is maybe not exactly the same as it was so long ago!

 

The "Armada" of the Yamaha Classic Racing Team all ready to go, impressive!

 

There were many special guests, here Anthony West is having a talk with Steve Parrish, who's Yamaha career is also too long to write down here.

 

Anthony West and Steve Parrish
Anthony West and Steve Parrish
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