Ex-Angel Nieto 1983 Garelli 50cc (Constructor's Championship)
Lot 468
The ex-Eugenio Lazzarini,1983 Garelli 50cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. AG.50.002.IT
Sold for €25,300 (US$ 32,566) inc. premium

Lot Details
Ex-Angel Nieto 1983 Garelli 50cc (Constructor's Championship) Ex-Angel Nieto 1983 Garelli 50cc (Constructor's Championship) Ex-Angel Nieto 1983 Garelli 50cc (Constructor's Championship) Ex-Angel Nieto 1983 Garelli 50cc (Constructor's Championship) Ex-Angel Nieto 1983 Garelli 50cc (Constructor's Championship) Ex-Angel Nieto 1983 Garelli 50cc (Constructor's Championship)
The ex-Eugenio Lazzarini
1983 Garelli 50cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. AG.50.002.IT
Three-time World Champion Eugenio Lazzarini was a contracted rider from the beginning of 1981 but development of Garelli's new 50cc racer was fraught with difficulties. Mid-year, Lazzarini appears to have lost patience and insisted on a redesign, specifying a crankcase machined from aluminium billet and a monocoque frame, also in aluminium, of his own design. The new machine immediately showed promise, producing a reliable 16bhp, but it would take the addition of a new member to the Garelli team to realise its full potential. At the end of 1981 Garelli recruited Jan Thiel, a Dutch engineer and two-stroke engine expert, who had already enjoyed Grand Prix success with Jamathi, Bultaco, Piovaticci and Minarelli. Showing both speed and reliability, Garelli's revitalised '50' took Lazzarini to three wins in its debut season, the same number as eventual World Champion, Kreidler-mounted Stefan Dörflinger. Lazzarini ended up 2nd in the 1982 title chase with 69 points to Dörflinger's 81.

The machine offered here dates from 1983 and has the mechanical anti-dive mechanism that was new for that year. Once again Lazzarini scored three wins – in Spain, Yugoslavia and Italy (Grand Prix des Nations) – and for the second successive year finished runner-up with 69 points. In an unlikely coincidence, Dörflinger won three times and became World Champion with 81 points, the same total as in 1982. Ex-World Champion Ricardo Tormo made a handful of appearances on the Garelli '50' in 1983 and won the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola, a result that guaranteed the Manufacturers' World Championship for Garelli.

Footnotes

  • Ex-Eugenio Lazzarini
    Garelli Grand Prix 50 cm3 Moto Course 1983
    Cadre n° AG.50.002.IT

    Triple Champion du Monde, Eugenio Lazzarini fut engagé comme pilote officiel à partir du début de 1981, mais la mise au point de la nouvelle machine de course de 50 cm3 de Garelli généra de nombreux problèmes. À la mi-saison, Lazzarini qui sembla s'impatienter imposa une refonte du projet en spécifiant un carter de vilebrequin usiné dans la masse et un cadre monocoque, également en aluminium, de sa propre conception. La nouvelle machine montra aussitôt ses promesses en délivrant 16 ch en toute sécurité, mais il fallut l'arrivée d'un nouvel élément dans l'équipe Garelli pour qu'elle révèle la totalité de son potentiel. À la fin de 1981, Garelli recruta Jan Thiel, ingénieur hollandais spécialiste des moteurs deux temps, qui avait déjà remporté des victoires en Grands Prix avec Jamathi, Bultaco, Piovaticci et Minarelli. Offrant à la fois vitesse et fiabilité, la « 50 » revitalisée de Garelli mena Lazzarini trois fois à la victoire pour sa première saison à égalité avec le futur Champion du Monde Stefan Dörflinger sur Kreidler. Lazzarini finit à la deuxième place du championnat 1982 avec 69 points derrière Dörflinger avec 81 points.

    La machine présentée ici qui date de 1983 est équipée du système anti-plongée mécanique apparu cette année-là. Une fois encore, Lazzarini obtint trois victoires – en Espagne, Yougoslavie et Italie (GP des Nations) – et pour la deuxième année consécutive termina avec 69 points. Par une coïncidence imprévisible, Dörflinger gagna trois fois et devint Champion du Monde avec 81 points comme en 1982. L'ex champion du monde Ricardo Tormo fit quelques apparitions au guidon de la « 50 » Garelli en 1983 et gagna le GP de San Marino à Imola, succès qui garantit le Championnat du Monde des Constructeurs à Garelli.
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