The Yamaha Pro-Am Series

The Yamaha 250LC and 350LC were the weapons of choice for teenage tearaways in my formative years, with aftermarket expansion chambers fitted, naturally!

Whoever came up with the idea of a single make series based around the Yamaha 350LC was a genius. The Pro-Am series pitched the professional riders of the time against the amateurs on identical machinery, with riders picking the keys out of a hat to ensure nobody enjoyed an advantage.

The racing was, not to put too fine a point on it, completely bonkers!

It was watching this series at Donington Park that convinced me to start racing myself, albeit unsuccessfully thanks to a lack of anything approaching talent! But, 22 years later, I’m still working in the world of motorcycle racing thanks to the impression the Yamaha 350LC Pro-Am series made on a young lad stood watching at Redgate corner.

Coincidentally, Barry Sheene refused to autograph my programme at the same meeting, making me a lifelong Kenny Roberts fan!

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