Yamaha OW60 500cc square-4, 2-stroke GP Machine.
Nobody remembers a second place getter!
I joined Yamaha with the Agostini Marlboro Team in 1982 and was faced with an extraordinary situation. Kenny Roberts had convinced Yamaha to build the 82 GP bike with unconventional steering geometry. I tested the bike in Japan and was disappointed with its performance. We decided to make our own modifications and I used Suzuki geometry from the 81 XR35 bike and it transformed this OW60 into a weapon. An alloy chassis and power valves made it a delight to ride. It had very similar performance to the 82 Suzuki's but I liked it's colour scheme much better!!! Anyway, I rode this to a 2nd place in the 500cc World Championship. I felt though it was an intermediate bike made in 82 as a stop gap measurement while waiting for the V4 to be produced.