Monday, February 01, 2010
Lambretta to return to 125cc motorcycle world championship racing
Legendary Italian brand Lambretta, which is expected to launch an all-new range of scooters (and motorcycles?) this year, is also making a comeback to motorcycle racing. Their racing team – Lambretta Reparto Corse – will participate in this year’s 125cc world championship. The last time Lambretta went racing at this level was in the early-1950s, when the V-twin-engined Lambretta 250 GP racer competed in the 250cc world championship.
Lambretta Reparto Corse will operate out of Engines Engineering’s workshops in Bologna, Italy. ‘It’s is a wonderful day for Lambretta and one we’ve been working towards for nearly two years. We’re delighted to be back on the racetrack and to compete in such an exciting and expanding sport. It’ll be fun to compete with the big boys and see what happens,’ says Lambretta’s marketing director, John Scully.
Scully added that Lambretta sees its involvement in racing as a way for its technical people to develop better products for the street.