Jimola Slide Scanning Continues: '90s GP
images by jim mcdermott

Lucky Strike Suzuki crew chief Garry Taylor looking stressed at Jerez in 1995. Kevin Schwantz was soon to announce his retirement.

A late bloomer, I went to my first European GP in 1995. This was the beginning to the Doohan domination era, but Mick didn't win in Jerez that year. He crashed out, so I blessed to witness the sole 500GP victory of Alberto Puig. Here Jeremy Burgess checks Doohan's tires after final qualifying.

GP2 four stroke/production series controversy be damned. There was supersport racing at Jerez in 1995, and here's a photo of a rare Bimota YB6 racer to prove it.

A very young Max Biaggi in the (first) Aprilia days. His black and yellow Chesterfield-liveried 250 was one of the best looking bikes ever raced.

KRJR on the Yamaha 250.

A light moment for Daryl Beattie. He was fast, and a pal of Mick Doohan. But he had a big crash and suffered head injuries in 1996, then in 1997 a sprocket cut all the toes off one of his feet in another get off. Beattie was teamed with Schwantz sub Sean Emmet at Jerez.

Those good old days for Michelin, the beginning of a decade long period where they essentially had no real 'Competicion'.

A very young KRJR learning the ropes in Europe. He would later become the biggest GP racing enigma since Freddie Spencer.

Please put your cigarette butts in the ashtray, not on the pavement. Marlboro didn't know it yet, but they'd never rule the 500cc podium again.


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