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Carlos Lavado’s 1986 winning Yamaha YZR250 (OW82) – With Phil Anysley

1986 Carlos Lavado Yamaha YZR250 (OW82)
1986 Carlos Lavado Yamaha YZR250 (OW82)

Late last year I was able to photograph a pair of historic 250cc GP bikes, here is the first – one of the pair of Yamaha YZR250 (OW82)s that Carlos Lavado used in winning the 1986 World Championship.

1986 Carlos Lavado Yamaha YZR250 (OW82)
This was one of two machines Carlos Lavado raced in 1986
1986 Carlos Lavado Yamaha YZR250 (OW82)
This was the power-valved equipped machine

He used this bike, which was fitted with power-valves, for wet weather races, winning two. His other bike, with no power-valves and used for dry races, had four wins.

1986 Carlos Lavado Yamaha YZR250 (OW82)
A non power-valve equipped machine was used for dry races
1986 Carlos Lavado Yamaha YZR250 (OW82)
The Deltabox frame was designed for optimal cooling effeciency

The newly designed YZR 250 was first tested by him during ’85 and was basically half an OW81 500cc V4. The same 60º cylinder angle was used and the new Deltabox frame structure was optimised for cooling efficiency.

1986 Carlos Lavado Yamaha YZR250 (OW82)
The YZR250 was basically half an OW81 500cc V4
1986 Carlos Lavado Yamaha YZR250 (OW82)
Being hard to start ensured Lavado spent much of each race fighting through the pack

The only weak spot of the design was a reluctance to start (!) which meant he spent most of the season fighting his way through the pack for his six victories…

1986 Carlos Lavado Yamaha YZR250 (OW82)
1986 Carlos Lavado Yamaha YZR250 (OW82)
1986 Carlos Lavado Yamaha YZR250 (OW82)
1986 Carlos Lavado Yamaha YZR250 (OW82)

Weight was less than 100kg, with 75hp on offer.

1986 Carlos Lavado Yamaha YZR250 (OW82)
1986 Carlos Lavado Yamaha YZR250 (OW82)
1986 Carlos Lavado Yamaha YZR250 (OW82)
1986 Carlos Lavado Yamaha YZR250 (OW82)
1986 Carlos Lavado Yamaha YZR250 (OW82)
1986 Carlos Lavado Yamaha YZR250 (OW82)
1986 Carlos Lavado Yamaha YZR250 (OW82)
1986 Carlos Lavado Yamaha YZR250 (OW82)