1385DA - Bike GP 1987 – Austrian GP Round 5
between Japanese giants Honda and Yamaha was renewed in grand style at the
Austrian Grand Prix at the Salzburgring. After winning the 500cc World
Championship in 1986, Yamaha had been struggling to match the pace of the
even without former double champion Freddie Spencer, Honda had very definitely
taken the initiative thanks to the redoubtable endeavours of Australian Wayne
Gardner, who had finished runner-up to Yamaha’s Eddie Lawson the season before.
circuit calls for plenty of brute power coupled with good handling on the long
sweeping curves, and riders, too, need massive courage.
Gardner and Lawson aren’t short of such commodities and the rest of the Grand
Prix regulars were aren’t short of such commodities and the rest of the Grand
Prix regulars were in there and bidding to make an impression as the season
rising British challenge was attracting deserved attention, and Ron Haslam
(Honda), Roger Burnett (Honda), Rob McElnea (Yamaha) and Niall Mackenzie
(Honda) were getting more and more admiration.
Mamola and Mike Baldwin on the Lucky Strike Yamahas were having a difficult
season, but Mamola was forced to go it alone after Baldwin’s injury forced
withdrawal and new team mate Richard Scott would take a while to dial in.
result of this scenario was one of the most exciting and closely fought 500 GPs
for many years.
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