The ASI Motoshow was the first of four YRHC events in 2022. A star-studded line-up of bikes and riders from the past and present lit up the atmosphere at the circuit, despite mixed weather conditions, ensuring that visitors got to re-live the sights and sounds of yesteryear. The recently formed YRHC aims to safeguard and showcase the racing history of the Japanese manufacturer. It allows owners of classic Yamaha race bikes to become members and gain access to advanced technical support by registering their machines on the official YRHC database.
To demonstrate this, the YRHC historic bikes on display in Varano spanned over 33 years of racing, including Phil Read’s 1969 350cc TR2, a selection of TZ750s from the 1970s, Kenny Roberts’ 1981 YZR500 0W53, plus the YZR500 0W81 on which Eddie Lawson won the 1986 500cc World Championship title. Twice 250cc World Champion Luca Cadalora’s 1990 YZR250 was another star attraction, along with the Yamaha YZR500 ROC that “Fast” Freddie Spencer rode in 1993, and one of the last two strokes raced in the premier class in the form of Norick Abe’s YZR500 0WL9 from 2002.
Among the show's highlights was 15-time World Champion Giacomo Agostini being reunited with the 1977 TZ750D on which he won his last World Championship race at Hockenheim. The 79-year-old delighted the fans by taking the bike out on track alongside his son Giacomino, who rode a modern-day Yamaha R6 GYTR. Ago won 122 GPs during an illustrious racing career that lasted over 17 years, plus secured a further three 500cc world titles as a Yamaha Team Manager. He was delighted to be reunited with his old machine: “Getting back on my bike is definitely always a pleasure. I am riding my old Yamaha that I used to ride many years ago. It is amazing and something very special.”