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Capacity : 500
Model : GP
Production : 1981 - 1983
Category : (R) Racing


500 Grand Prix - 1982

A meteoric career

Sports enjoy an enviable status in Italy, and motorcycling has always held a special place in the heart of every Italian. The country has always boasted of its numerous little companies handbuilding motorbikes. Businesses big and small are happy to provide sponsorship for races, either as a public relations exercise or just because they enjoy being involved in all the excitement of the racing scene.

Worthwhile Results

That was how it was with Sanvenero, whose 125 twin – first seen under this name in 1981 – was patterned on the Morbidelli and MBA. That was certainly logical since team boss Cecchini had previously worked on both machines. Nor were the results to be sneered at: Guy Bertin and Ricardo Tormo won a Grand Prix each and finished sixth and eighth in the World Championship.,encouraging the firm to shift into a higher gear.

Victory by Default

The 500, unveiled in 1982, had an individual appearance. Powerful, but oversized and overweight, the Sanvenero had no chance against the four Japanese giants who were disputing the title that year. But, at the French GP, the works riders went on strike because of the condition of the track, and to everyone's surprise, the Swiss Sanvenero rider Michel Frutschi won. But that was the sole meaningful result achieved by the marque in 500cc racing. Despite the well-deserved fourth and fifth places of Bianchi and Tormo in the 125 Championship, Sanvenero was broke.


Engine: 495cc (54x54mm) water-cooled four-cylinder

Power Rating: 125 hp @ 13,000 rpm

Valves: two-stroke; rotary intake valves

Fuel System: quadruple carburetors

Transmission: chain final drive

Suspension: telescopic forks (front); swing arm with monodamper (rear)

Brakes: twin discs (front); disc (rear)

Wheels: 120/60x16 inch (front); 170/70x 18 inch (rear)

Weight: 298 lb

Maximum Speed; 175 mph

The Sanvenero's place in Grand Prix history rests on the chance victory of Michel Frutschi.

Le fichier Moto Passion réalisé par François-Marie Dumas réunit près de deux mille photos accompagnées d'un historique très complet des machines présentées.
Il sera progressivement mis à jour ici et toute information complémentaire est la bienvenue sur info@moto-collection.org.

Cette documentation unique, qui constitue sans doute l'encyclopédie la plus exhaustive jamais écrite sur l'histoire de la moto, a été réalisée avec l'assistance de nombreux spécialistes dont principalement Didier Ganneau, Christophe Gaime, Mick Woollett, Jean Goyard, Bernard Salvat, Christian Rey, Yves Campion, Helmut Krackowizer, Michael Dregni, Michel Montange, etc. que je remercie ici.

Disponible sur demande :
- Les fiches originales sur papier
- Les photos et archives signées de mon nom en haute définition ou les documents originaux.
Me contacter sur info@moto-collection.org pour les conditions et droits d'utilisation.