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    Mark,

    That looks mint..... absolutely cool.....I wondered what had happened to the real race bikes ? Have you actually rode the bike ...or are you going to......that is the ultimate track day tool.....!!!!

    Cheers, Adie851

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    Quote Originally Posted by adie851 View Post
    Mark,

    That looks mint..... absolutely cool.....I wondered what had happened to the real race bikes ? Have you actually rode the bike ...or are you going to......that is the ultimate track day tool.....!!!!

    Cheers, Adie851
    Hi Adie-

    The motor runs very nice. I have not decided if I am going to bring it to the track or not.

    This is one of the "real" factory race bikes. I am not sure if you are asking where the remaining factory Works bike went after each season- but this is a partial answer.

    Ferracci in America seemed to have a tight relationship with the factory and was able to buy the bikes which the factory raced the season before. This is how this bike ended up in the US. It was raced at Daytona by Polen and then passed on to Jamie James for the '90 AMA season with an updated swing arm and a '90 paint scheme. This bike was sold to a rich collector at the end of the '90 season with an early Corse Factory motor (still has all of the paint number marks on the cam caps) and the original swing arm installed. This is rare because Ferracci would often part out his bikes at the end of the season. The few he did not part out- a number of them were sold to racers in Mexico and very few were sold to racers in the US for the next season.

    In '91 he bought four upgraded Customer Racing bikes from the factory for the '91 season. Also in '93 he was able to buy Works bikes for the '93 season which Polen won. For '90, '92, and '94 it appears he bought one season old bikes from the factory. I know where a few of un-parted bikes from his race seasons ended up but not all of them. I own three of them.

    This type of pass on of factory bikes to favored teams in Europe may of what happened to the other Factory bikes but I have no idea. Perhaps the Factory broke down most of them and only Ferracci was allowed to buy a number of them for each AMA season.

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    Hi - Jack away Mark it's all good stuff.

    Scott.

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    Hi Mark,

    It's great to see you keeping the 851/888 corse race bikes in your collection. Are they all ex Ferracci bikes or are they customer Corse bikes ? Have you got any pictures of your other race bikes ? Look forward to your reply.Thanks.

    cheers, adie851

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    Hi Adie,

    Bike's looking great mate, but you really need to change the "Desmo" decals on the fairing to match the pukka Roche bikes.

    Steve R

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