Yamaha Historic Racing at Sunday Ride Classic

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The Circuit Paul Ricard recently roared with the sounds of yesterday as the Yamaha Historic Racing Team took part in the Sunday Ride Classic in France.

Yamaha Classic Racing Team
Yamaha Classic Racing Team

Iconic screaming race machines from Yamaha’s glorious racing history were on full throttle on the circuit in the hands of the legends that made them famous for the Sunday Ride Classic.

Grand Prix legends Giacomo Agostini and Christian Sarron were joined by Yamaha Motor Europe Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Eric de Seynes alongside the Yamaha Historic Racing Team manager Hubert Rigal to put a selection of historic GP machines through their paces on the French track.

Yamaha Classic Racing Team
Yamaha Classic Racing Team

Team manager Hubert Rigal is very much part of the historic story of these machines. Hubert took his first ride on a YZR750 in 1975 in the World Championship. Lined up on the grid alongside Yamaha legends such as Kenny Roberts and Christian Sarron, his love affair with Yamaha was confirmed.

The team run a variety of Yamaha machines from the glorious racing past, including the Yamaha TZ700 that Agostini rode to an incredible victory in 1974 on his Yamaha debut at Daytona.

Yamaha Classic Racing Team
Yamaha Classic Racing Team

Other fantastic machines in the team include Christian Sarron’s 1977 TZ750 and 1984 world championship winning TZ250 as well as Kenny Roberts’ 1982 Yamaha 500 0W60.

Yamaha Classic Racing Team
Yamaha Classic Racing Team

There will be several other opportunities to catch the Yamaha Historic Racing Team in action in 2016.

Yamaha Classic Racing Team Schedule
  • 16-17 April, Sunday Ride Classic/ Circuit Paul Ricard, France
  • 21-22 May, Coupes Moto Légende/ Circuit Dijon, France
  • 2-3 July, Biker’s Classic/ Circuit Spa Francorchamps, Belgium
  • 2-3 September, Historic Grand Prix/ Circuit Zandvoort, Netherlands