This is the amazing story of how Yamaha claimed World
Championship glory for four years in a row, with action-packed archive race
footage, behind-the-scenes access and contributions from the racing stars
delivering the story behind the headline-grabbing triumphs.
Enjoy dramatic race action from legendary circuits like
Assen, Le Mans, Silverstone, Spa and more as the greats of motorcycle racing,
including Kenny Roberts, Barry Sheene, Giacomo Agostini, Johnny Cecetto and
Randy Mamola, do elbow-to-elbow battle for World Championship honours.
The first of these unique films follows the fortunes of
American Steve Baker in his first season of World Championship racing. With
exceptional footage from 500cc and 750cc races of 1977, plus interviews with
Baker and other stars of the season, we discover how the ‘rookie’ claimed a
World Championship at his first attempt, and was only beaten to the 500cc crown
by the mercurial Sheene.
In the next three films we relive one of the most amazing
eras of motorcycle Grand Prix racing, the reign of ‘King’ Kenny. Roberts burst
onto the 500cc GP scene in 1978 and proved unstoppable, taking the title not
only in his first season, but in 1979 and 1980 as well. He made it look easy,
but as these extraordinary films remind us, the American superstar had to
battle with the very best all the way to secure his hard-earned World
The down-to-the-wire title chases of 1978 and 1980 are
exceptional edge-of-the-seat viewing, and the 1979 British Grand Prix is
rightly regarded as one of the greatest motorcycle showdowns ever – the
incredible footage on this DVD shows exactly why. We are also treated to rare
on-board footage with Roberts, contributions from experts like Kel Carruthers
and the story of Christian Sarron’s assault on the 750cc title in 1979.
Yamaha – World Champions 1977-1980 is more than a simple
racing review; unparalleled access to the riders and team members ensures you
discover the stories behind the headlines, and how history was made.