Chuck Graves, on the No. 24 Valvoline Suzuki races with New Zealander Andrew Stroud on a Dutchman Suzuki in the second leg of the WERA Pro Series Formula USA race at Indianapolis Raceway Park on August 9, 1992. Stroud was a man on the move in 1992, racing not only in AMA and WERA action in the U.S., but also part time in the 500cc Grand Prix World Championships with ROC Yamaha. He finished 12th in Hungary and 11th at the French Grand Prix that season. Graves held off the part-time GP rider Stroud to finish sixth in the F-USA race.
An interesting read over at Motorcycle Daily on what Valentino Rossi’s move to Ducati could mean to Nicky Hayden.
Another great photograph in the Rich Chenet Series. Kenny Roberts leads Yamaha teammate Eddie Lawson in the 1983 Daytona 200. Roberts and Lawson were on Yamaha’s OW69. It was a Daytona special, a 680cc version of Yamaha’s 500cc GP machine. The bikes were capable of 190+ mph and were definitely the bikes to beat. The only question was whether or not the big powerful two-stroke would shred its Dunlop tires. Honda came to Daytona with two different bikes to challenge Yamaha. Freddie Spencer and Englishman Ron Haslam rode NS500 two-stroke GP bikes, while Mike Bladwin and Steve Wise raced four-stroke FWS1000s. Most of Hondas dropped out and Roberts, in spite of an unscheduled pit stop to check a tire, went on to win the race over Lawson. Motocross racer Steve Wise took a surprising third on a factory Honda. Chenet is still shooting today. You can check out his website here.