The way we were: August 1987

Richard Rosenthal
July 9, 2012
Aprilia wins its first GP victory

A week later Gardner and Lawson switched positions at Anderstorp, Sweden, with Mamola again third. It was again Gardner first and Lawson second at Brno, Czechoslovakia, on August 23, with Japan’s Tadahiko Taira (Yamaha) third before Mamola won the San Marino GP at the month’s end, trailed home by Lawson and Gardner.

The Italian Fausto Gresini (Garelli) powered his way to four victories in the 125cc class at the above rounds, while Germany’s Anton Mang (Honda) took wins at Donington, Anderstorp and Brno before dropping to sixth at the San Marino, an event won by the Italian Loris Reggiani (Aprilia), in what was Aprilia’s first ever grand prix victory.

Promises of warm weather and a super route through the New Forest encouraged 150 entrants to enter the Sunbeam MCC Beaulieu based Graham Walker Memorial Run, with Dave Pittuck’s 1896 Leon Bollee Tricar the oldest vehicle taking part.

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