Rimini minnows take on the world – and win
Virginio Ferrari on a Bimota Yb4ie, when the Rimini firm came back with a bang
Back in the late 1980s Bimota were on top of the world. In 1987 former 500 Grand Prix winner Virginio Ferrari (left) took the World TT-F1 crown aboard his Yb4ie, beating the considerable talent of Joey Dunlop and the might of the bigbudget Japanese teams in the process – some feat for the tiny Rimini concern.
The following year Davide Tardozzi was the dominant force in the first ever World Superbike Championship round at Donington Park aboard his Bimota YB4. He took the first race, and looked on for the double before crashing out. He won five rounds that year, ending the season in third. Alan Seeley reacquaints himself with Bimota’s brilliance on page 54.