The way we were: November 1987

Published: 03:06PM Oct 9th, 2012
By: Richard Rosenthal
Among riders dumped from their works teams at the end of the season were British runner Rob McElnea and American star Randy Mamola (pic)...
The way we were: November 1987

Randy Mamola loses works ride

After finishing a disappointing 10th in the year’s 500cc GP title chase, Giacomo Agostini’s works Yamaha team released McElnea who immediately entered into talks with Suzuki, Cagiva and Elf.

Despite finishing second with 158 points, just 20 adrift of Wayne Gardner’s Honda, Kenny Roberts’ Lucky Strike Yamaha team dumped Mamola, who later signed for Cagiva.

At the Sealink British experts trail at Hawkstone Park, Steve Saunders (250cc Fantic) won by a massive 49 marks. The sidecar section was a much closer run event with Robin/Karen Luscombe (250cc Fantic) winning by one mark.

Suzuki threw their hat in the 600cc sportbike arena by launching the 149mph GSX-R600F. With its 86bhp@11,000rpm engine based on the proven 16-valve GSX-R750 four cylinder unit, the small sportster hit its claimed 149mph at the Ryuyo test track near Hamamatsu, Japan in front of the press.

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