Sportbike World banner

1 - 6 of 6 Posts

·
Retired Moderator
Joined
·
943 Posts
Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
I got the idea for this trivia by the Kawasaki KR500 I created earlier.
Here is the story...
There was a small firm and a great rider that raced in GP250s with a very small budget and managed to compete at equal level with the best of the time.
The bike was down on power but had a fantastic chassis and a rider that was extremely talented.
The chassis was the result of great engineering of the designer and it was also the first monocoque chassis as far as I know.
The rider was making up with his talent what the bike was lacking in other areas.
They won 4 GPs but never managed to get to the 1st place at the championship even though at times they were ahead of such names as Phil Read, Kel Carruthers and other big names of the time. Luck wasn't on their side though. The rider died in the TT and then the firm withdrew from GP racing forever :(
The team was based on him and they where 'racing only for him' as the designer of the bike has said.

So, here is a picture of this great bike, can you tell us what the bike is and who was the talented rider?

Aris
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
373 Posts
Hi Aris,

What an interesting history!

Its a 1969 Ossa 250. The rider was Santiago Herrero from Spain.

It is the first all aluminum monocuque chassis.

Here is the link: http://hometown.aol.com/OSSA55/

Here is a picture of Santiago Herrero.



Link source: http://www.dlc.fi/~kakeh/imatra/galler69.htm

From what I gathered in 1970 at the TT Isle of Man he fell and was run over by another rider and died two days later in the hospital.

Here is another picture with the fairing installed:



Andy
 

·
Retired Moderator
Joined
·
943 Posts
Discussion Starter #5
Yes it's a very interesting and sad story :(

Santiago Herrero is still regarded by many as one of the greatest riders of all times, although nowadays not many remember him.
I have a picture of Santiago Herrero in the TT just a while before his fatal crash. The screen on his fairing is smashed on the picture, as he had crashed earlier on and smashed it. Actually he shouldn't have raced as his wrist was broken!!!
He went on to race though as he had a chance to win the championship, but unfortunately he never finished that race.
He was going so fast on this single cylinder bike on the tight tracks that he made the factory Yamaha team wonder what they were doing wrong.
In a quest for more power, the latest version of the bike was liquid cooled, the chassis was again the same alloy monocoque, and the engine used rotary disc valve.
Here is a picture of the liquid cooled bike showing clearly the frame and engine.

Aris
 

·
Retired Moderator
Joined
·
943 Posts
Discussion Starter #6
And one more picture of the great rider and machine in action.

Aris
 
1 - 6 of 6 Posts
Top