Suzuki Motor Corporation has decided to suspend temporarily its participation in FIM Road Racing Grand Prix MotoGP from 2012. Read more.
Randy Mamola was coming off winning the AMA 250 Grand Prix Championship in 1978, but no one could predict the speed the Northern Californian showed when he began racing in international competition.
This is another in the wonderful Jim Greening Collection. It shows Mamola (No. 25 Yamaha) in the 1979 Anglo-American Match Races, leading 1977 500cc Grand Prix World Champion Barry Sheene, Rich Schlachter (No. 26), Dave Potter and Dale Singleton (No. 23) at Mallory Park.
Mamola surprisingly scored second overall in points to fellow American Mike Baldwin, and ahead of former world champ Sheene and experienced American pilots David Aldana, Gene Romero, Schlachter, Steve Baker, Wes Cooley, Dale Singleton and John Long.
At this point Mamola already a GP under his belt, taking fifth in March in Venezuela at the opening round in the 250cc world championships. He went on to score three podiums in the series and finished fourth in the final 250GP standings, establishing himself as the next big thing in GP.
The Yamaha R1 which the Spaniard rode on a parade lap at the 2010 Isle of Man TT is being put up for auction, with proceeds helping MotoGP’s official charity Riders for Health. Read more.
The 2011 Moto2 World Champion has been signed up by Lucio Cecchinello’s team to ride in the premier class. Read more.