Motocourse Feature: 1977 - Yamaha, racing machines for the people is delighted to announce that we will be partnering with Motocourse, the bible of world championship motorcycle racing, to bring readers some highlights from the history of the sport. We will be regularly posting features from the early editions of Motocourse, to help bring some insight into the history of motorcycle racing, and how we got where we are today. There are some fascinating parallels to events in the present, and much to be learned from the past. If you enjoy these articles, Motocourse have editions available in their electronic archive and via their free iPad app.

Today's article is a look back at Yamaha's racing history, and the development of their two-stroke racing machinery from its early beginnings in the late 1950s and early 1960s up until 1977, the year this article, written by legendary British journalist John Brown, was published. As the article consists of a series of scans, click on the image to expand it to full size, then navigate through the pages by clicking on the right or left hand side of the images.

About Motocourse: Motocourse is the journal of record for motorcycle racing, and an essential part of any racing fan's library. Written, compiled and edited by Michael Scott, arguably the world's most respected Grand Prix journalist, the Motocourse annual contains race-by-race coverage from the MotoGP and World Superbike series, comprehensive chapters on the British and American Superbike championships, as well as reports from the Isle of Man TT, Northwest 200 and other road racing events. The annual also has a team-by-team review of MotoGP, together with reviews of the technology and political background of the sport of motorcycle racing. 

Motocourse annuals can be ordered through the publisher's website. There is also a selection of previous editions available as ebooks and in the electronic archive, or via the free iPad app.


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Special thanks to you for this David. It is wonderful for history buffs like me who like to collect information for no particular reason except perhaps for feeling the excitement that comes with the understanding of the history of motor racing. Thanks again.