Yamaha Classic Racing Team Invite to Ride the 1968 RD05

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Reliving the Past

Story and by Michelle Duff

TO appreciate the one must understand the past. To what we have now, we understand from where it all Is it possible to go back and relive past? Most would it is not, but I did, in the summer of

I relived the past in all its glory; I relived many events were not so glorious.

Shortly the New Year an email arrived in my from Ferry Brouwer. is the managing director of Arai Europe, and the driving force and of the Yamaha Classic Racing (YCRT) out of The Netherlands. He asked me to his team for the 2007 season. I ride alongside Chas Rodney Gould, Dieter Jos Schurgers, Svend Andersson, and others periodically invited to Ferry’s bikes.

The first would be the Isle of Man TT Races. For reasons, I wasn’t planning on to the 2007 Centenary TT. I thought Ferry’s invitation, but before back to say thanks, but no thanks, sent me another email changed my mind.

Because of past involvement in the TT, the Japanese wanted to participate in the historical of the Centenary, and agreed to send two bikes from its museum. One to be run during the popular Lap of Honour on the of race week, and the other in a new called The Parade of Champions on the Yamaha wanted me to ride of these bikes.

I could not the offer and immediately replied to saying yes.

The two bikes to be the 1968 RD05 four-cylinder 250 that had won numerous world in the late 60′s, and the 1965 twin-cylinder 125 two …, raced to GP victories in 1965 and 1966. My at riding these two bikes proportionate to my excitement. I am no longer 26 old; the passage of time has kind to me, but there are limits. I an extensive exercise programme.

vanity too added more force. I didn’t want my on the bikes to be a pale representation of used to be, and wanted to at least like I was comfortable on the bikes. a lap of 61 km, the Isle of Man TT is not a racecourse to take

As the TT approached, another email Ferry mentioned that the was also contracted to ride at the Biker’s Classic at Spa Francorchamps the of July, and the Classic Sachsenring a later. The two bikes from unfortunately were for the TT only, but a TR2 350 twin production racer Ferry’s arsenal of machines was to me for both Spa and Sachsenring.

“Going to be an summer,” I said to myself. But no had I said it, another email Ferry arrived saying just finalized arrangements for the to ride at the Salzburgring in Austria two after Sachsenring and Schotten in three weeks after

Any more events and I’ll be as as we were in the 60′s, I thought. A later came another from Ferry saying he had Oschersleben, a racetrack not far from in Germany, for a 4-hour test the middle of May. Ferry me there.

And so began a hectic of travel and more fun than an grandmother deserves. It was like old arranging travel expenses race organizers, making arrangements and developing an itinerary. New leathers were being Arai Helmets prepared a new to be painted with my own personal I acquired a new set of riding boots, to Ducati and I doubled up on my exercise

Progress with physical came slowly, but there was nonetheless.

“What do you have to about,” responded Ferry in a to an email I sent him expressing my “They’re only parades. suppose to wave and have

“We’re out there because competitive,” I replied. “Wear leathers, on a proper racing paint a white line on the in front, then drop a We’re racing; it’s in our like trying to stop a cat birds. As for waving at people, no way.

Not on late 60′s and early Yamaha two-stokes. Piston and crankshaft failures are too common to take my fingers off the clutch.”

I over to Oschersleben where I three bikes, the 350 TR2 Yamaha twin, which ran great, a over-bored 350 Yamaha twin, seized a piston starting my lap, and a 350 four-cylinder Yamaha fitted with an Italian two-… liquid-cooled engine. the Morbidelli gearbox kept out of fourth gear. It was, a fruitful test session for the

I flew home following but returned for the Isle of Man TT three later. As expected, both were beautifully prepared, “It’s so small,” I commented I saw the little 125.

The Lap of Honour a new respect for the 250-4 RD05. I the lap with a high I had not felt winning the Belgian GP in 1964. the little 125 during the Parade of on Friday expired 2 km into the lap and I off the road, disappointed but elated by my performance during the 2007 of Man TT.

It was indeed an honour to be so entrusted such rare and valuable and to share the limelight with from the past, like Agostini, Phil Read, Perris, Kel Carruthers, Sammy Phillip McCallum, Neil Heinz Rosner, John and Tommy Robb. Even Haga of World Superbike was there cautiously riding an R7

I flew home following the TT, but to Amsterdam three weeks for the Biker’s Classic at Spa Francorchamps. Spa had one of my favourite racetracks in the 60′s, but in the old road course was no longer Like many road in the 60′s, Spa had fallen to new demands for The new course is now a totally closed complex; it still incorporates the start/finish area and retains of the old flavour of a great racing

Much to my elation, the new course includes the most famous in all motor racing – Eau Rouge. and widened with a large run-off area, the thrill of Eau is enhanced, allowing a rider to greater liberties since the that lined the outside of the has been removed. Rushing the start/finish straight notching gear for an instant, pull one, lean hard over the bridge then right, up a steep hill aiming for an unseen apex, left at the top and exit at full the marvellous corner comes a total sense of achievement.

Like most Classic in Europe to which the Yamaha was invited, we were, supposedly, not We’d line up on the start/finish and sometimes be waved off en masse, row by row, and other times a pace car for a lap then let loose to as slow or as fast as we pleased. method was used, when we had roads we were racing, not for first place, but just to the guy immediately in front.

At Spa that guy in was special guest, Steve on a TZ750 Yamaha, and Sammy on a 500 four-cylinder Gilera.

I rode the TR2 and it went really well, that it kept jumping out of gear on the overrun into and Spa had eight first gear It made for some very yet exciting moments, perhaps so for Sammy Miller on the Gilera. He and I had together for much of the session.

On day two of the laps, on a high speed run to a double left corner, my 350 TR2 Yamaha seized a crankshaft. three times now,” I to myself. “Oschersleben, the Island the little 125, and now here.”

in the old eastern zone of Germany was the weekend. I stayed over and three days helping my TR2, inserting a new crankshaft and first gear.

Cool and rain greeted us at Sachsenring, but at Spa, on race days the cleared and the sun shone with a reminiscent of Canada. The bike and the were terrific and after a smaller gearbox sprocket I putting in some respectable lap However, during Saturday’s session, just as I was beginning to comfortable, the crankshaft seized

Not noted for being a machine in my past racing life, I was to develop a complex. “Was I I asked myself.

On Sunday, I was the 350 Morbidelli/Yamaha Special to ride and a sweetheart bike to ride the tight little Sachsenring. I the day elated with my performance, my new Ducati boots suffered so much so my toes hung out the front. Keeping your tucked in isn’t so easy at my

Notable guests at Sachsenring Pauline Hailwood and her son David, and Mike Hailwood, age two. of the joy of this summer’s journeys was acquaintances with many

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Sachsenring is also noted for its race fans. Over attended the two-day event and I I signed an autograph for every Quite a thrill.

After I again returned home, time for eight days and flew back to Vienna, and took a three-hour train to Salzburg.

Salzburgring like was a new racecourse for me. It was a simple racetrack but with a good number of speed sweeping corners. On lap two of my parade session on Saturday the TR2 seized, this time the piston. With no spare the bike was parked. Ignition with the Morbidelli/Yamaha Special it too, and I was given a rare Yamaha 350 to ride.

Perhaps of all my problems during the season, cautioned me to ride easy. bike is very rare,” he “Absolutely no parts are available for As instructed, I rode with due and finished the next two sessions incident.

Sunday evening, I by train to Vienna, and flew mid-morning on Monday. Three later, for the fifth time summer, I flew back to for the Schotten Classic Grand Schotten is a quaint little not far from Frankfurt, Germany.

I met up the team in the paddock area and where’s the circuit, expecting super closed racing not unlike Sachsenring.

“This is it,” the mechanic pointing to the narrow side in front of the tents and workshop “Just follow the straw-bales.”

got to be kidding,” I said.

The racetrack, for of a better word, all 1.2 km of it, reminded me so of many of the silly little we rode in the sixties. Road had been diverted left town and about half a of the main highway past the of Schotten had been closed for the straight of the racetrack.

A sharp turn at the end of the highway strip, back on itself down a hill to another first right corner over a then an immediate left hard past the Yamaha area along a fast section lined with homes, a community centre and small factories to another right corner, up a slight and back onto the highway. It was a fun but busy, concentration being the key Immediately out of one corner and into the always thinking ahead no place to relax, a dozen laps was exhausting.

Parade began at 8:00 a.m. and an hour lunch break, ran until 7:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. At least 400 took part in the event by over 60,000 people for the two day

The Ferry Brouwer Team, as the called us, was given two twelve-minute each day with precise of 10:24 a.m. and 4:36 and true to rumoured German at 10:24, not 10:25, we were out onto the race track and around to the start/finish line.

For the session, I was given a very four-cylinder 250 four-… Yamaha to ride that was redlined at rpm. Based on a 250 FZR Yamaha road bike, the engine had extensive development. It had even converted to air-cooling. To say it rattled the windows would be an understatement. racing motorcycles, by regulation, to be muffled; not so with Classic

Those four open at 19,000 rpm emitted music so to motorcycle aficionados that one of Saturday’s spectators eagerly my arrival at their vantage What a phenomenal motorcycle, but ten laps the engine overheated. I before adding another failure to my dismal season’s

For the remainder of the sessions, I again the 350 four-cylinder Morbidelli/Yamaha Special. It insisted on jumping out of fourth but it was only at one spot of the racecourse, so I lived with it and had fun.

the last session on Sunday, I sat on the end of one of the and looked over at the team gear away for the trip I glanced at all the bikes neatly up waiting to be loaded into the then glanced down at still clad in my racing and wondered if this would be my time? Would I ever be able to relive my past, around quaint little in front of thousands of enthusiastic all waving and cheering?

As we age, has a way of creeping up and in a matter of months can crippling blows that a shrugs off with nary a

I’ve been invited next year and rumours that Ferry is negotiating one or two MotoGP organizers for his team to put on “parade” laps at a few MotoGP meetings in 2008. What a that would be, and what a to show the modern riders and where their racing came from and just how racing had been in the sixties. MMM

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