Motos to Go: A Grand Prix Racer’s Collection


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A super-cool collection of motorbikes belonging to Giuseppe Visenzi, former Italian Grand Prix motorcycle racer and founder of famed moto accessories company, GIVI, will be auctioned off at Bonhams

Stafford Sale on April 24 in Stafford, UK. The collection of 14 bikes includes a wicked 1963 Honda 125cc CR93 racer, estimated at £22,000-24,000, a 1968 Motobi 175cc Racing Motorcycle, estimated at £7,000-8,000, and a 1972 Mondial 125cc RCE Enduro. Motobis were originally built in Italy from 1950–1977, while Mondial built motorcycles in Bologna, Italy from 1948–1979, and racked up a string of Grand Prix motorcycle wins in the ‘50s, when Visenzi first started competing. His first racing bike was a Laverda 100, and in 1962 he switched to a Ducati 125.

He gained his first World Championship points that year by finishing 6th at the Belgian round. For 1963 he bought the Honda CR93 and then added an Aermacchi Ala d’Oro to his stable. They were replaced in turn by a Montesa 125, a Bultaco TSS 250, and finally a brace of Yamahas. At national level his best results were 2nd place in the 125 championship (1964 and 1967) and 2nd place in the 250 and 350 championships (1970). His best year on the international stage was 1969 when he ended the season in 3rd place overall in the 350 World Championship behind Giacomo Agostini and Silvio Grassetti, having finished on the podium in Spain and Finland. He retired from racing at the end of the 1970 season but has held on to his bike collection. Until now. Get at it…..

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