Racing Catalina on a $650 Yamaha

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Back in December, the Catalina Grand Prix was held for the first time in 52 years. Our buddy Jamie Robinson, with the help of Alpinestars, took part on a 1979 Yamaha YZ400 that he bought for just $650 on the Monday before the race. Here’s his story.

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  • vigor

    What an awesome video! thanks for sharing. looks like a fun event. And, that bike is a widow maker.

    • vigor

      At 7:48 of part 2 is so fucking cool!

  • Paul


    • JP

      I only read this article to post this!

    • LoTGoD


      • JonB

        Did he just say pow?

        • Paul

          Like Kobayashi

    • T Diver

      Boats and Hos!!!

  • Michael

    Wes, is this event going to be scheduled for 2011? I had a hard time finding information on it.

    • Wes Siler

      As far as I know, it’s still up in the air a bit. If it’s held this year, we’ll be there.

  • damien

    fuck yeah!

  • Case

    Loved every bit of that. Awesome from start to finish.

  • HammSammich

    That bike looks a lot like my old ’75 DT400…plenty of 2-Stroke power but handling was for shite! I can’t imagine trying to race on it.

  • Bronson



    Just freaking fantastic!!!!!!!!

  • holdingfast

    a w e s o m e!

    what happened with the bike? back to runnin you think?

  • Core

    This video made me want to live more.

    • Wes Siler

      I think that’s the idea.

  • Stephen

    that was awesome! thanks for putting it up

  • RT Moto

    I hope they do it again so I can be a witness or participant next time.

  • JRl

    epic. I really wanted to do it on my mini bike…maybe next year!

  • Cajun58

    I’ve ridden one these YZ’s extensively and the handling and power-band are very good. It was arguably the best big bore MXer of it’s time and would no doubt be well suited for the Catalina GP.

  • smoke4ndmears

    brilliant video. i need to get a dirtbike again.

  • michael

    This, and posts like it, are the reason I subscribed. Thanks!

  • stempere

    So, judging by the other bike in his garage, this Jamie Robinson fella is an ass man, in addition to a pretty cool one that is.

  • Taco

    OMG! I have to do this. I’ve never done motocross before but I have to do this.
    Plus how cool was it that the dude kept Jamie Robinson’s camera rolling after he picked it up?