1989 Garelli G125 (Non Championship Winning)
Lot 478
c.1988 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 004
Sold for €7,820 (US$ 9,877) inc. premium

Lot Details
c.1988 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 004 c.1988 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 004 c.1988 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 004 c.1988 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 004 c.1988 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 004 c.1988 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 004 c.1988 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 004 c.1988 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 004 c.1988 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 004 c.1988 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 004 c.1988 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 004 c.1988 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 004 c.1988 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 004 c.1988 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 004 c.1988 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 004 c.1988 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 004 c.1988 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 004 c.1988 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 004 1989 Garelli G125 (Non Championship Winning) 1989 Garelli G125 (Non Championship Winning) 1989 Garelli G125 (Non Championship Winning) 1989 Garelli G125 (Non Championship Winning)
c.1988 Garelli 125cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. 004
When the FIM changed the rules for the 125cc class for 1988, restricting machines to one cylinder, it marked the end of the road for Garelli's outstanding twin-cylinder racer, which had reigned supreme for the preceding six years. Like their rivals, the Italian manufacturer had to start with a clean sheet of paper and should have found building a 125cc single a relatively simple matter, given the fact that it had been developing and racing a 250 twin for the past few years. The single-cylinder engine used the same disc valve induction and 56x50.6mm bore/stroke dimensions as the 250, and was carried in Garelli's trademark aluminium monocoque chassis, the latter sporting a White Power 'upside-down' front fork and monoshock rear suspension for the first time.

Team Pileri was entrusted with running the works effort for 1988, the riders being reigning World Champion Fausto Gresini and Spaniard Miguel Reyes (125cc) plus Paolo Casoli (250cc). The season started promisingly enough, Gresini finishing 4th at the opening 125cc round in Spain, but he would only finish in the points on one more occasion and sometimes failed to qualify. Reyes fared slightly better, ending the season in 14th place in the Championship with 34 points. Even so, it was not what Garelli had been used to. Just like that of the ill-starred 250, the 125's rigid monocoque was targeted for criticism and the team tried a stock Honda RS125 twin-spar chassis at Assen (see Lot 11) and also a Moretti frame that looked a lot like a Yamaha TZ250 Deltabox (see Lot 6). Nevertheless, Gresini was still not satisfied and designer Jan Thiel refused to have anything to do with the hybrids, leaving the team in disarray.

Garelli's 125 featured various alternative suspension and braking arrangements at this time and '004' incorporates a braced swinging arm, 'right-way-up' front fork and single Brembo front disc brake with 4-piston calliper (an un-braced swinging arm, 'upside-down' fork and twin discs were tried also).

Footnotes

  • Garelli 125 cm3 Grand Prix Moto Course c.1988
    Cadre n° 004

    Lorsque la FIM changea le règlement de la catégorie 125 pour 1988, en la réservant aux monocylindres, elle signifia la fin de la route pour l'extraordinaire machine bicylindre de Garelli qui avait dominé les six saisons précédentes. Comme ses concurrents, le constructeur italien qui dut repartir de la feuille blanche a dû aussi estimer relativement simple de construire un monocylindre de125 cm3 du fait qu'il avait développé et fait courir une 125 twin depuis quelques années. Le moteur monocylindre qui utilisait la même admission à disque et les mêmes cotes d'alésage et de course - 56 x 50,6 mm – que la 250 fut installé dans un cadre monocoque en aluminium typiquement Garelli équipé d'une fourche avant inversée White Power et d'une suspension arrière monobras pour la première fois.

    Team Pileri se vit confier la mission de gérer l'effort de la marque en compétition pour 1988, les pilotes étant le Champion du Monde en titre Fausto Gresini et l'Espagnol Miguel Reyes (125 cm3) plus Paolo Casoli (250). La saison connut des débuts assez prometteurs, Gresini terminant 4e de la manche d'ouverture en Espagne pour ne terminer dans les points qu'une autre seule fois et manquant même parfois de se qualifier. Reyes fit un peu mieux, finissant la saison à la 14e place du championnat avec 34 points. Mais Garelli avait connu mieux. Comme dans le cas de la malchanceuse 250, la monocoque rigide de la 125 fit l'objet de critiques et l'équipe essaya un cadre « twin spar » Honda RS 125 à Assen (voir Lot 11) ainsi qu'un cadre Moretti ressemblant beaucoup au Yamaha TZ250 Deltabox (voir Lot 6). Néanmoins, Gresini n'en fut pas satisfait et l'ingénieur Jan Thiel ne voulant plus entendre parler d'hybrides quitta une firme en plein désarroi.

    La 125 de Garelli reçut à l'époque divers types de suspensions et de freins et « 004 » comporte un bras oscillant renforcé, une fourche avant « normale » et un frein avant à disque unique Brembo à quatre pistons. (Un bras oscillant non renforcé, une fourche inversée et un frein double disque furent aussi essayés.)

Saleroom notices

  • Since going to press we have been advised that this motorcycle dates from 1990. Après l'impression du catalogue, nous avons été informés que cette moto date de 1990.
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