1985 Garelli MBA 125 Grand Prix
Lot 470
c.1985 MBA 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. to be advised
Sold for €9,200 (US$ 12,387) inc. premium
Lot Details
c.1985 MBA 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. to be advised
MBA (initially Morbidelli Benelli Armi and later Motori Benelli Armi) was founded towards the end of 1975 to manufacture production versions of Morbidelli's successful 125cc and 250cc Grand Prix racers. Morbidelli had been founded in Pesaro, Italy by Giancarlo Morbidelli whose line of business was manufacturing woodworking machinery, which provided the means to fund his passion for motorcycle racing. Morbidelli's first foray into Grand Prix racing came in 1969 with a 50cc single designed by Franco Rhingini, which was followed by a 125cc twin. Jorg Möller, previously with Kreidler, joined the team as chief engineer in 1974 and rewarded his employers with their first World Championship in '75, Paolo Pileri taking the 125cc title. Pileri was 125cc World Champion again in 1976.

The following year would turn out to be Morbidelli's most successful, the Italian manufacturer taking the 125cc and 250cc World Championships with Pier Paolo Bianchi and Mario Lega respectively, while Eugenio Lazzarini added another 125cc title in 1978. By this time Morbidelli's joint venture with Benelli was well under way and more than half the 125cc grid at Grands Prix would be mounted on MBA machinery, a situation that continued well into the 1980s. Minarelli and Garelli though, would be the dominant forces in the 125cc class, restricting MBA to one further riders' World Championship (1980: Bianchi) and one manufacturer's title in 1985. Nothing is known about the history of this example.

Footnotes

  • MBA 125 cm3 Grand Prix Moto Course c.1985
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    MBA (initialement pour Morbidelli Benelli Armi puis Motori Benelli Armi) fut fondée vers la fin de 1975 en vue de fabriquer des versions de production des excellentes machines de Grand Prix 125 et 250 cm3 de Morbidelli. Cette marque avait été fondée à Pesaro, Italie, par Giancarlo Morbidelli dont l'activité principale, la production de machines à bois, finançait sa passion pour la course motocycliste. La première apparition de Morbidelli en Grands Prix eut lieu en 1969 avec une mono 50 cm3 conçue par Franco Rhingini, suivie par une 125 twin. Jorg Möller, précédemment chez Kreidler, entra dans l'équipe comme ingénieur en chef en 1974 et récompensa son employeur avec un premier titre de Champion du Monde en 1975, Paolo Pileri cueillant le titre en 125. Pileri fut encore Champion du Monde en 125 en 1976.

    L'année suivante allait être la meilleure saison de Morbidelli, le constructeur italien s'emparant des titres mondiaux en 125 et en 250 avec respectivement Pier Paolo Bianchi et Mario Lega, tandis qu'Eugenio Lazzarini apportait un autre titre en 1978. À cette époque, le partenariat de Morbidelli avec Benelli était bien engagé et plus de la moitié du plateau des 125 en Grands Prix était constitué de motos MBA, situation qui perdura jusque dans les années 1980. Mais Minarelli et Garelli allaient dominer la catégorie 125 en ne laissant à MBA qu'un seul autre titre mondial des pilotes (Bianchi en 1980) et un seul titre mondial constructeurs (en 1985). L'historique de cet exemplaire est inconnu.
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