Throwback Thursday Yamaha Images
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Venezuelan rider Johnny Cecotto came to Daytona in 1976 to contest the 200 on his Venemotos Yamaha TZ750C. He won the race.

Yamahas in tandem. Kenny Roberts during the 1977 Daytona 200, with Steve Baker in hot pursuit.

Kenny Roberts in 1978 at the Nurburgring, where he finished third in the race on the way to the first of his three 500cc GP World Championships.

A close-up of Cecotto from Daytona in 1976, the year he won the 200. Later he went on to co-star in Welcome Back Kotter as 'Epstein'. Fine, he didn't.

The 1977 Daytona 200, and #27 right in the middle is former Yamaha factory rider Skip Aksland, who remains a close friend of Kenny Roberts.

Roberts competed in the F750 race at Laguna Seca in 1978. It was a time when Armco was well within arm's length.

Steve Baker leads KR during the F750 race at Laguna in '78. The original 'I don't care how they do it in California' Mike Baldwin in third.

17-year-old Randy Mamola competed as a Factory Yamaha TZ250 rider in the 1977 Daytona International Lightweight race.

Roberts is bookended by Akslands (Bud on left and Skip on right) just before the start of the 1977 Daytona 200.


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