Laverda Corse have started their 2010 racing season with an impressive showing at the Adria circuit in Italy. In the opening round of the UEM Vintage Endurance Cup the team posted a 1st and 2nd in the 500cc class using a pair of endurance prepared 500 twins.
Piero Laverda , Austrian rider Hermann Ansorge and UK rider Bob Dixon [making his team debut for the squad] took the team’s Barcelona 500 replica to 2nd place in the 4 hour event whilst Italian riders Francasco Greggio and Pietro Manzalini rode their specially prepared F500 to 1st place beating 7 of the 1000cc entries in the process.
Both teams encountered technical problems during qualifying with a replacement clutch needed on the Greggio /Manzalini machine and the Laverda/Ansorge /Dixon bike developing a potentially serious oil leak from a damaged oil cooler union during Dixon’s qualifying sessions. Both machines ran faultlessly during the race giving the team a relatively unopposed victory as the majority of the 500 field retired with mechanical problems trying to stay with the pace of 500 race leader Greggio.
The Adria meeting was the first of four rounds of the UEM Vintage Cup , the next race being held at Magione near Florence in May followed by June’s race at Rijeka in Croatia. The final round of the season will be held at Italy’s Francaciorta circuit in October. Details of the team, the racing and the bikes can be found at www.laverda500.cc
Laverda Corse at Magione click on thumbnail to launch photo gallery
Laverda Corse were out in force on the weekend of 8-9 May at the Autodromo dell Umbria in Magione,near Florence. The team’s pit garage was shared by three of Giovanni Laverda’s university friends who had entered a 750 Honda into the 200 mile event. Their Honda expired in practice with four bent valves and Laverda Corse regular Hermann Ansorge stepped in and loaned the boys his spare Barcelona 500cc.
All three Laverdas qualified in the top three slots of the 500cc class and it looked as if a Laverda 1 , 2 and 3 might be on the cards. However, endurance racing rarely goes to plan and in the early stages of the race Luca, one of the students, crashed Hermann’s bike heavily at the end of the start and finish straight. The damage was extensive but fortunately the rider emerged unscathed.
The next race casualty was the bike ridden by Laverda [snr], Dixon and Ansorge. A persistent misfire saw the bike delayed in the pits for almost 20 minutes as Piero Laverda worked tirelessly to solve the problem. After removing the carbs no less than three times in an intense scramble to get the bike running properly Piero eventually declared that the needle valve was the culprit. A replacement was installed and Bob Dixon rode the remaining 45 mins of the race to bring the bike home second in class. The other team bike ridden by Pietro Manzalini and Francesco Greggio was ridden faultlessly to a well deserved win consistently lapping much faster than many of the 1000cc entries.
Championship standings in the UEM Vintage Endurance Cup remain the same with Manzalini and Greggio in 1st place and Ansorge, Laverda and Dixon lying 2nd. Next race; Rijeka in August, next team appearance; The Goodwood Festival of Speed.