The ex-Fabian Looi, Brent Jones, Penang Grand Prix-winning,1982 Yamaha TZ500J Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 5Y9-000106 Engine no. 5Y9-000106

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The ex-Fabian Looi, Brent Jones, Penang Grand Prix-winning,1982 Yamaha TZ500J Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. 5Y9-000106 Engine no. 5Y9-000106

Sold for £ 24,150 (US$ 33,331) inc. premium
The ex-Fabian Looi, Brent Jones, Penang Grand Prix-winning
1982 Yamaha TZ500J Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. 5Y9-000106
Engine no. 5Y9-000106
World Champion in the 500cc class for Yamaha in 1978, '79 and '80, Kenny Roberts during the latter season had occasionally used the OW48R, a version of the 1979 OW48 fitted with reversed outer cylinders, an arrangement that produced an extra 7bhp. The 1980 season was also notable for the first appearance of a customer version of Yamaha's Grand Prix 500: the TZ500G, which was based on the 1978/79 works bikes. Only detail changes were made to the following year's TZ500H. With their across-the-frame four reaching the end of its development, Yamaha introduced the OW48R's reversed outer cylinders on the customer TZ500J of 1982, though the engine was housed in a conventional tubular steel frame rather than the aluminium one tried occasionally on the works bikes. This would be Yamaha's last customer '500' offered to privateers until 1992, when YZR v-four engines were made available in Harris and ROC chassis.

Entered by Hong Leong Industries, the Malaysian Yamaha importer, his TZ500J was raced extensively in the Far East during the 1980s, mainly by the Malaysian rider Fabian Looi, who used it to win the Penang Grand Prix in 1983, '86 and '87, while Australian rider Brent Jones rode it to another Penang GP win in 1988 (a full list of race results is available). The machine was purchased in Australia in 1997 from Peter Bell, its then owner, and is presented in 'as last raced' condition, requiring re-commissioning or more extensive restoration. It comes with a spare set of wheels (shod with 'wets') and a photocopied service manual and parts catalogue.

Developed directly from Yamaha's factory racers, the reverse-cylinder TZ500J effectively represents the end of an era, when privateers could buy a premier-class Grand Prix motorcycle and at least have the chance of challenging the works riders on a good day. Much rarer than the ubiquitous Suzuki RG500 'customer' racer, which was in production for far longer, it also represents a wonderful opportunity for the serious collector to own a Grand Prix thoroughbred with in-period race-winning history.

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The ex-Fabian Looi, Brent Jones, Penang Grand Prix-winning,1982 Yamaha TZ500J Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 5Y9-000106 Engine no. 5Y9-000106
The ex-Fabian Looi, Brent Jones, Penang Grand Prix-winning,1982 Yamaha TZ500J Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 5Y9-000106 Engine no. 5Y9-000106
The ex-Fabian Looi, Brent Jones, Penang Grand Prix-winning,1982 Yamaha TZ500J Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 5Y9-000106 Engine no. 5Y9-000106
The ex-Fabian Looi, Brent Jones, Penang Grand Prix-winning,1982 Yamaha TZ500J Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 5Y9-000106 Engine no. 5Y9-000106
The ex-Fabian Looi, Brent Jones, Penang Grand Prix-winning,1982 Yamaha TZ500J Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 5Y9-000106 Engine no. 5Y9-000106
The ex-Fabian Looi, Brent Jones, Penang Grand Prix-winning,1982 Yamaha TZ500J Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 5Y9-000106 Engine no. 5Y9-000106
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