19xx Garelli G125 Rossa e Nera
Lot 466
c.1983/84 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. AG-125GP-005 IT
Sold for €18,400 (US$ 23,152) inc. premium

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c.1983/84 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. AG-125GP-005 IT c.1983/84 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. AG-125GP-005 IT c.1983/84 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. AG-125GP-005 IT c.1983/84 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. AG-125GP-005 IT c.1983/84 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. AG-125GP-005 IT c.1983/84 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. AG-125GP-005 IT c.1983/84 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. AG-125GP-005 IT c.1983/84 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. AG-125GP-005 IT c.1983/84 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. AG-125GP-005 IT c.1983/84 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. AG-125GP-005 IT c.1983/84 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. AG-125GP-005 IT c.1983/84 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. AG-125GP-005 IT c.1983/84 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. AG-125GP-005 IT c.1983/84 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. AG-125GP-005 IT c.1983/84 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. AG-125GP-005 IT c.1983/84 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. AG-125GP-005 IT c.1983/84 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. AG-125GP-005 IT c.1983/84 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. AG-125GP-005 IT c.1983/84 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. AG-125GP-005 IT c.1983/84 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. AG-125GP-005 IT c.1983/84 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. AG-125GP-005 IT 19xx Garelli G125 Rossa e Nera 19xx Garelli G125 Rossa e Nera 19xx Garelli G125 Rossa e Nera 19xx Garelli G125 Rossa e Nera
c.1983/84 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. AG-125GP-005 IT
At the end of 1981 Garelli strengthened its racing department by recruiting Jan Thiel, a Dutch engineer and two-stroke engine expert, who had already enjoyed Grand Prix success with Jamathi, Bultaco, Piovaticci and Minarelli. At the same time Garelli concluded an agreement with Minarelli for the supply of engines for its 125cc road range, and at the same time acquired the assets and staff of Minarelli's racing department, including its star rider, Angel Nieto. Thus, at a stroke, Garelli acquired a competitive machine and rider for the 125cc class, Nieto having won the 125cc World Championship for Minarelli in 1979 and 1981.

For 1982 the aluminium monocoque chassis, designed by Eugenio Lazzarini for Garelli's 50cc racer, was adopted on the 125cc twin, replacing the old tubular steel trellis frame; the engine though, remained essentially as it had been during the Minarelli days. It would be an untroubled transition for Nieto, the Spaniard dominating proceedings as he had done in 1981, winning six races and finishing the season as World Champion with 111 points. Lazzarini came 2nd with two wins and 95 points.

The machine offered here represents Garelli's 125cc twin-cylinder Grand Prix racer, as campaigned during 1983/84 by Nieto and Lazzarini, and like the '82 design features mechanical anti-dive on the front forks. Nieto was in dominant form again in 1983, winning six of the 12 races on the calendar and finishing as World Champion with 102 points. Lazzarini took one win, finishing 3rd in the Championship with 67 points. It was pretty much the same story in 1984, Nieto claiming six victories on his way to a 13th and final World Championship, though on this occasion Lazzarini finished 2nd.

Old racing motorcycles are difficult to date with total accuracy, as few finish a season in exactly the same specification that they started it. This particular machine is a case in point; it carries a fairing with livery seen during the 1983 season yet has the NACA side ducts more commonly associated with the 1984 design; the front fork appears to be a Ceriani, which was fitted from 1985 (replacing Marzocchi); and the swinging arm carries a DID sticker, yet Garelli appears to have first used this make of chain in 1987!

This actual machine is featured on page 148 of 'Agrati Garelli: 80 anni di storia' by Daniele Agrati and Roberto Patrignani. Unfortunately, is not known who rode it or what results were achieved.

Footnotes

  • Garelli 125 cm3 Grand Prix Moto Course c.1983/84
    Cadre n° AG-125GP-005 IT

    À la fin de 1981, Garelli renforça son service courses en recrutant Jan Thiel, ingénieur hollandais spécialiste des moteurs deux temps, qui avait déjà remporté des victoires en Grands Prix avec Jamathi, Bultaco, Piovaticci et Minarelli. Au même moment, Garelli conclut un accord avec Minarelli concernant la fourniture de moteurs pour sa gamme 125 routière et, parallèlement reprit les actifs et le personnel du département compétition de Minarelli dont son pilote vedette, Angel Nieto . Ainsi, d'un seul coup, Garelli acquit une machine et un pilote compétitifs en catégorie 125, Nieto ayant remporté le Championnat du Monde 125 pour Minarelli en 1979 et 1981.
    Pour 1982, le cadre monocoque en aluminium conçu par Eugenio Lazzarini pour la 50 cm3 Garelli de course fut adopté pour la 125 twin en remplacement de l'ancien cadre en treillis tubulaire en acier, mais le moteur demeura essentiellement celui de l'époque Minarelli. Ce sera donc une transition sereine pour Nieto, l'Espagnol dominant les débats comme en 1981 en remportant six courses et finissant la saison Champion du Monde avec 111 points devant Lazzarini deuxième avec deux victoires et 95 points.

    La machine proposée ici, qui représente la machine de Grand Prix 125 cm3 bicylindre de Garelli telle qu'elle fut pilotée en 1983-1984 par Nieto et Lazzarini, se caractérise comme le modèle de 1982 par une fourche avant à anti-plongée mécanique. Nieto fut encore en grande forme en 1983 en remportant six des douze courses du calendrier et en terminant Champion du Monde avec 102 points. Lazzarini signa une victoire et finit troisième du championnat avec 67 points. Ce fut pratiquement le même scénario en 1984, Nieto signant six victoires lors de son 13e et dernier Championnat du Monde, mais Lazzarini, cette fois, termina deuxième.

    Il est difficile de dater avec précision les anciennes motos de compétition car très peu d'entre elles terminent une saison dans l'exacte configuration du début. Cette machine en est précisément un exemple : elle porte un carénage revêtu d'une livrée vue lors de la saison 1983, mais elle comporte des prise latérales NACA plus souvent associées au modèle 1984. La fourche avant semble être une Ceriani montée à partir de 1985 (à la place de la Marzocchi) et le bras oscillant porte un sticker DDD alors que Garelli semble n'avoir adopté cette marque de chaîne qu'en 1987.

    Cette moto figure page 148 de l'ouvrage « Agrati Garelli : 80 anni di storia » de Daniele Agrati et Roberto Patrignani. Malheureusement, on ignore qui la pilota et quels furent ses résultats
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