c.1980 MBA 125cc Racing Motorcycle
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. Jorg Möller, previously with Kreidler, had joined Morbidelli as chief engineer in 1974 and rewarded his employers with their first World Championship in '75. Paolo Pileri took the 125cc title that year and again in 1976. A further three 125cc riders' World Championships and one in the 250cc class had been added by the end of the 1980 season. By this time Morbidelli's joint venture with Benelli was well under way and more than half of the 125cc grid at Grands Prix would be mounted on MBA machinery, a situation that continued well into the 1980s. Nothing is known about the history of this example, which has been used for club racing at national level. The machine is offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed.