Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 17 Aug 2015
The iconic Yamaha RD250LC Pro-Am series is being revived at this year’s Grand Prix and a number of big-named retired racers will be dusting off their leathers especially for the occasion.
Three-times British Superbike Champion and arguably the biggest name to come out of the original Pro-Am series, Niall Mackenzie heads the entry list as the pre-race favourite having been heavily involved in the series’ revival from the start.
Mackenzie has already tested one of the IDP Moto-prepped bikes at Silverstone and Donington and is scheduled to undergo further testing at the Northamptonshire circuit on Monday.
He isn’t the only one taking it seriously either. Former Malboro Clubman’s 500cc champ Charlie Corner has bought his own RD250LC and booked onto a number of track days for testing.
While Cal Crutchlow’s chances of winning the British Grand Prix may be slim, the chances of a Crutchlow victory at Silverstone next Sunday are heavily boosted by the presence of the Grand Prix star’s Dad, Dek in the Pro-Am race.
With the Crutchlow competitive streak, Dek won’t be hanging around. He loves any excuse to jump into his leathers and it’ll no doubt be elbows out from the off.
Former BSB star James Haydon may have still been in nappies (slight exaggeration) when the original Pro-Am series was around, but his love of the Yamaha LCs was enough to convince organisers to give him a ride. He hasn’t raced competitively since 2008 but as the youngest rider in the field he’s sure to be a threat.
Former Yamaha MotoGP team manager, Geoff Crust always regretted missing out on competing in the Pro-Am back in his racing days so when he heard Mackenzie talking about the revival, he had to get involved.
Winner of the original Pro-Am series, Kevin Mawdsley will return alongside former Grand Prix names such as Donnie McLeod and Graeme Mitchell.
Mick Crick, Curt Langan, Stuart Melen, Simon Beaumont and Andy Muggleton will all return to the track with some of them not having raced in decades!
All 24 riders will race identical 250cc LC Yamahas and will practice on Friday afternoon at the British GP before racing on Sunday, immediately after the Red Bull Rookies race.
The wide-ranging mix of riders also includes leading 250cc, 350cc, Superstock and Superbike riders from the past 25 years; Kim Barker, Paul Tinker, Nigel Bosworth, Dale Robinson, Graeme Mitchell, Dave Butler, Steve Chambers, Ivan Gray, Andy Machin and Geoff Fowler.
Full Entry List (Provisional)