Author: Stuart Barker Posted: 19 Aug 2015
The original and best one-make race series has been revived as a special support race at this year's British Grand Prix. The Bennetts Yamaha Pro-Am Challenge will see 24 riders - many of them the original stars of the 1980s series - lining up to bash fairings and tangle elbows on identical Yamaha RD250LCs at Silverstone on August 30. This will be the first Pro-Am race in 31 years and over the next three weeks we'll be profiling every rider on the grid to find out what they achieved in their racing careers, what they've gone on to do since, and why they accepted the challenge to dust down their leathers and race in the wildest race series ever held just one last time.
While Mick Crick raced in the original Yamaha Pro-Am series, he can't remember too much about it. 'Too many blows on the head' he says. 'Possibly due to
Pro-Am! I cant remember if my first Pro-Am race was in 1982 or '83 and I've no idea where I actually finished in the championship standings. But I do know my best race results were a 5th and 6th – although I'm probably better known for being filmed or photographed in at least three crashes/pile ups!
When he did manage to stay on his bike, Crick was fast, as various race and championship wins at club level testify. In 1982 alone he won over 18 races, as well as the prestigious Marlboro Clubmans 250 Production Championship. He would later win the odd national 250cc race and was a regular top-five finisher against the likes of Niall Mackenzie, Donnie McLeod, Alan Carter and Carl Fogarty.
Crick retired from full-time racing in 1987 following the deaths of his friends, Neil Robinson and Phil Rawson but has since taken part in various forms of racing from Sidecars to Classics and Motocross to Karts.
Based in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, Crick now runs his own business (Race Gadgets) which makes quickshifters, airshifters, and downshift blippers for race bikes and cars. He still rides a Yamaha 600 Diversion on the road but had to think twice when asked if he'd race in the Pro-Am revival event. 'I said “No way” initially then had a think about it and realised I really wanted to do it. So I rang back the next morning a changed man. I've no delusions of getting on the podium though. I'm 54 now so I don’t mind being last these days! If there's 24 riders on the grid then I'm just hoping its not a 23-rider breakaway with me on me own! I'm chuffed and honoured just to be on the same grid as riders I've admired for so long - this is the equivalent of desert island discs to me!