c.1980 Derbi 50cc Racing Motorcycle
Engine no. to be advised
The name 'Derbi' first appeared in the early 1950s on a motorcycle built by Nacional Motor SA, of Barcelona, Spain, an offshoot of Bicicletas Rabasa, one of Spain's largest cycle manufacturers. Its first powered two-wheelers were marketed as 'SRS' (the founder's initials) but soon took the name 'Derbi' (from the phrase, 'derivados de bicicletas'). Derbi began racing in Spanish national events in the early 1960s, graduating to the international scene in 1962 following the introduction of a 50cc class at World Championship level. In 1968 Barry Smith achieved Derbi's first Grand Prix victory (albeit in a non-Championship event) and in '69 scored the marque's first World Championship success, taking the 50cc TT in the Isle of Man. Nevertheless, Derbi remained little known outside Spain until Angel Nieto took the World 50cc Championship in 1969, a feat he repeated for the Spanish marque in 1970 and '72 in addition to taking the 125cc title for them in 1971 and '72. (Lightweight motorcycles and mopeds, particularly the 50cc category, had always accounted for the bulk of Derbi's business, hence its concentration on these classes in road racing). After the 1972 season the factory took a sabbatical from Grands Prix, returning in the mid-1980s to provide Jorge Martinez with four World Championships that included his 80cc/125cc double in 1988. Understood to have been constructed around five years ago by Steve Lawton, this monocoque-framed example is powered by a 50cc roadster engine. The machine was last used at the 'Festival of 1,000 Bikes' at Mallory Park around two years ago.
- This is a genuine Derby Racing Services monocoque frame raced by them in Grands Prix in the early 1980s by Steve Mason.