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)
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