ex-Team Gallina, Pierfrancesco Chili,Suzuki RG500 Gamma TT Formula 1 course 1986 Frame no. OHM31B - 101120 Engine no. M302 – 101050

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ex-Team Gallina, Pierfrancesco Chili,Suzuki RG500 Gamma TT Formula 1 course 1986
Frame no. OHM31B - 101120 Engine no. M302 – 101050

Sold for € 17,250 (US$ 17,586) inc. premium
ex-Team Gallina, Pierfrancesco Chili
Suzuki RG500 Gamma TT Formula 1 course 1986
Frame no. OHM31B - 101120
Engine no. M302 – 101050
• Une des trois machines construites pour le TT Formula 1
• Historique d'époque en compétition
• Nombreuses pièces spéciales Suzuki Grand Prix
• Signée par Roberto Gallina et Vincenzo Biagioli

Sur la base de la machine de course RG500 Championne du Monde, la routière Gamma de Suzuki retint la même architecture du moteur « quatre cylindres en carré » à deux vilebrequins connectés et admission à disque rotatif. Un cadre caissonné en aluminium, une suspension arrière « Full Floater » et trois freins à disque complétaient le tableau. Plus orientée circuit que sa rivale RD500 de Yamaha, la Gamma avec sa vitesse de pointe de 240 km/H, ses 11, 5 secondes sur le 400 m DA et son comportement dynamique et ses freins exceptionnels demeure la machine la plus proche d'une 500 Grand Prix pour la route qu'on puisse trouver.

Sans surprise, nombre de ces machines apparurent sur tous les circuits de monde, et l'exemplaire proposé est dans ce cas. Elle a été préparée en 1986 pour la série TT Formula 1 pour machines de production de la FIM qui mêlait les 1 000 cm3 quatre temps aux 500 deux temps. Son créateur fut le Team Gallina italien dont le fondateur, l'ex pilote Roberto Gallina avait déjà accumulé beaucoup d'expérience en engageant la Suzuki RG500 en Grands Prix, ses pilotes, Marco Lucchinelli et Franco Uncini, ayant remporté le Championnat du Monde 500 respectivement en 1981 et 1982.

En développant la Gamma pour la Formula 1, Gallina utilisa de nombreuses pièces empruntées aux Suzuki RG500 Grand Prix dont les carters en magnésium, l'embrayage à sec, l'injection Kokusan GP, les carburateurs Mikuni TMX de 36 mm, les roues Tecnomagnesio, le bras oscillant renforcé, l'échappement spécial, la fourche Forcelle Italia, entre autres. Sur six départs en 1986, Chili signa cinq victoires et finit troisième de Trofeo Grand Prix F1 et quatrième du Championnat d'Italie F1. Frankie Chili coninua de piloter pour Gallina en Grands Prix, mais son évolution vers le Championnat du Monde Superbike (WSBK) le plaça véritablement sur le chemin de la réussite. Au cours d'une carrière de 12 ans en WSBK, il remporta 17 courses et finit deux fois quatrième du championnat. L'histoire complète de la Suzuki Gamma du Team Gallina est racontée dans un article de la revue Motociclismo d'Epoca (exemplaire disponible)/

Probablement la seule survivante des trois machines construites, cette Gamma ex Gallina a été pilotée de nombreuses fois par le vendeur en 2014 et 2016 dans le Championnat d'Italie pour anciennes motos de Grand Prix. Elle a été photographiée au circuit de Varano à l'occasion du 50e anniversaire du début de la carrière en course de Roberto Gallina. La signature de ce dernier figure sur le réservoir comme celle de Vincenzo Biagioli, fabricant des cylindres spéciaux.

Footnotes

  • The ex-Team Gallina, Pierfrancesco Chili
    1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma TT Formula 1 Racing Motorcycle
    Frame no. OHM31B - 101120
    Engine no. M302 - 101050

    • One of three built for TT Formula 1 racing
    • In-period race history
    • Many special Suzuki Grand Prix parts
    • Signed by Roberto Gallina and Vincenzo Biagioli
    .



    Based on its World Championship-winning RG500 racer, Suzuki's Gamma roadster retained the same square-four engine layout, geared-together crankshafts, and disc-valve induction. A box-section aluminium frame, 'Full Floater' rear suspension, and triple disc brakes completed the picture. More racetrack focussed than Yamaha's rival RD500, the Gamma, with its 150mph (240km/h) top speed, 11.5-second quarter-mile time, and superlative handling and brakes, remains the closest anyone has got to offering a modern Grand Prix 500 for the road.
    Not surprisingly, many found their way onto the world's racetracks, the example offered here being one such. It was prepared in 1986 for the FIM's production machine-based TT Formula 1 race series, which pitted 1,000cc four-strokes against 500cc two strokes. Its creator was the Italian Team Gallina, whose founder, ex-racer Roberto Gallina, already had plenty of experience of campaigning the Suzuki RG500 in Grands Prix, his riders Marco Lucchinelli and Franco Uncini having won the 500cc World Championship in 1981 and 1982 respectively.

    In developing the Gamma for Formula 1, Gallina used many parts taken from his Suzuki RG500 Grand Prix bikes, including magnesium crankcases, a dry clutch, Kokusan GP ignition system, Mikuni TMX 36mm carburettors, Tecnomagnesio wheels, braced swingarm, special exhaust system, Forcelle Italia fork, and more. Out of six starts in 1986, Chili scored five wins and ended up 3rd in the Trofeo Grand Prix F1 and 4th in the Campionato Italiano F1. Frankie Chili went on to race for Gallina in Grands Prix, but it was his switch to World Superbike racing in 1995 that set him on the path to real success. In a 12-year career in WSBK, he scored 17 race wins and twice finished 4th in the Championship. The full story of the Team Gallina Suzuki Gamma is recorded in an article in Motociclismo d'Epoca (copy available).

    Believed to be the sole survivor of the three machines built, this ex-Gallina Gamma was raced many times by the vendor in 2014 and 2016 in the Italian Old GP Championship. It was photographed at the Varano circuit on the 50th anniversary of the start of Roberto Gallina's racing career. Roberto Gallina's signature is on the fuel tank together with that of Vincenzo Biagioli, maker of the special cylinders.
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ex-Team Gallina, Pierfrancesco Chili,Suzuki RG500 Gamma TT Formula 1 course 1986 Frame no. OHM31B - 101120 Engine no. M302 – 101050
ex-Team Gallina, Pierfrancesco Chili,Suzuki RG500 Gamma TT Formula 1 course 1986 Frame no. OHM31B - 101120 Engine no. M302 – 101050
ex-Team Gallina, Pierfrancesco Chili,Suzuki RG500 Gamma TT Formula 1 course 1986 Frame no. OHM31B - 101120 Engine no. M302 – 101050
ex-Team Gallina, Pierfrancesco Chili,Suzuki RG500 Gamma TT Formula 1 course 1986 Frame no. OHM31B - 101120 Engine no. M302 – 101050
ex-Team Gallina, Pierfrancesco Chili,Suzuki RG500 Gamma TT Formula 1 course 1986 Frame no. OHM31B - 101120 Engine no. M302 – 101050
ex-Team Gallina, Pierfrancesco Chili,Suzuki RG500 Gamma TT Formula 1 course 1986 Frame no. OHM31B - 101120 Engine no. M302 – 101050
ex-Team Gallina, Pierfrancesco Chili,Suzuki RG500 Gamma TT Formula 1 course 1986 Frame no. OHM31B - 101120 Engine no. M302 – 101050
ex-Team Gallina, Pierfrancesco Chili,Suzuki RG500 Gamma TT Formula 1 course 1986 Frame no. OHM31B - 101120 Engine no. M302 – 101050
ex-Team Gallina, Pierfrancesco Chili,Suzuki RG500 Gamma TT Formula 1 course 1986 Frame no. OHM31B - 101120 Engine no. M302 – 101050
ex-Team Gallina, Pierfrancesco Chili,Suzuki RG500 Gamma TT Formula 1 course 1986 Frame no. OHM31B - 101120 Engine no. M302 – 101050
ex-Team Gallina, Pierfrancesco Chili,Suzuki RG500 Gamma TT Formula 1 course 1986 Frame no. OHM31B - 101120 Engine no. M302 – 101050
ex-Team Gallina, Pierfrancesco Chili,Suzuki RG500 Gamma TT Formula 1 course 1986 Frame no. OHM31B - 101120 Engine no. M302 – 101050
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