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Ri­mini min­nows take on the world – and win

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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.

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