Spencer gives green light to Yamaha’s plan to lend R1s out to Grand Prix su­per­stars of old. It’ll be like LC Pro-am again (with­out the Am)

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Grand Prix Leg­ends (think Fred­die and Wayne) are given Yam R1s to play with, and old Guzzis get a new ig­ni­tion sys­tem (af­ter a mere 50 years)

THE WORLD OF Grand Prix Leg­ends just got more le­gendary with a plan for the he­roes of yes­ter­year to ac­tu­ally do a bit of rac­ing. Yamaha have now stepped in to pro­vide some R1s for your Fred­dies, Waynes and Kevins; so they can now go clip-on to clip-on with each other on mod­ern tackle rather than risk throw­ing pre­cious GP stro­kers up the road.

The Grand Prix ma­chin­ery will now be ‘pa­raded’ and if you’ve ever seen a Spencer/gard­ner/ Sch­wantz ‘pa­rade’ you’ll know their in­ter­pre­ta­tion is some­what dif­fer­ent from the ac­cepted norm. The R1 deal frees them up to ex­ploit their vast re­serves of rac­ing skills safe in the knowl­edge that should en­thu­si­asm get the bet­ter of them, they won’t be wreck­ing ir­re­place­able jewels, just ex­pen­sive Yama­has.

Fred­die said, “You’ve got to hand it to Yamaha for step­ping in and giv­ing Grand Prix Leg­ends help in this way. I guess a lot of peo­ple want to see the Grand Prix mo­tor­cy­cles, but they don’t nec­es­sar­ily want to see them in pieces at the side of the track. And we don’t ei­ther. So this is the smart way of let­ting us race while keep­ing the ma­chin­ery in one piece.”

The first round of World Grand Prix Bike leg­ends will be at the Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic 28-30 July (at Sil­ver­stone, un­sur­pris­ingly). Up to 100,000 souls have been known to at­tend this event, so it should pro­vide a de­cent au­di­ence for our gal­lant band of (not so) ex-rac­ers. Among oth­ers join­ing the fun will be Loris Capirossi, Jezza Mcwilliams, Tady Okada, Chris­tian Sar­ron, Garry Mccoy and 250 fave Car­los Lavado.

“It’s great that so many peo­ple still seem to want to come watch us old boys go at it,” said Spencer. “All I got to say is just keep com­ing so we can have a good ex­cuse to get back at it.”

Any ex­cuse is a good one.

That’ll be your Fast Fred­die and Dig­ger (from down un­der)

Fred should be well able to see this lot off

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