This 1993 Yamaha YZF750SP competed in the British Superbike championship in the 1995-1997 seasons, and it’s up for auction on Saturday, June 7th, alongside the two FTR MotoGP bikes we’ve previously featured and almost 100 other machines.
The bike was raced by Nigel Nottingham, and went into storage when he switched to a Yamaha R7 in 1998, before reappearing in 2011 for a Golden Era Superbike race at Oulton Park.
The SP was the homologation machine produced to be eligible in World Superbikes and gains an adjustable swingarm pivot position, 39mm Keihin FCR flatslide carburetors, a lower screen and a single seat. The rear brake is also located below the axle rather than above, and the gearbox and final drive ratios are also different. In WSB, the YZF750SP was raced by the likes of Yasumoto Nagai, Colin Edwards, Scott Russell and Noriyuki Haga.
In British Superbikes, the Yamaha YZF took titles for Jamie Whitham in 1993, and Niall Mackenzie in 1996, 1997 and 1998. Whitham’s 1993 victory appears to have inspired the paintwork, as he won the ’93 title for the Fast Orange team with the number 6 plate. Certainly in 1996, Nottingham was racing as Team Mistral Boilers Yamaha.
He’s also recorded as racing in the 1997 Isle of Man TT on a Yamaha YZF750, which could possibly be the same bike – we’ll have to see if we can dig out any more information!
This particular bike features a Tony Scott motor with factory YEC kit conrods, factory Belgarda pistons, Factory Belgarda camshafts and a Factory YEC kit gearbox. The carbs are 38mm FCRs with factory YEC kit needles and bellmouths. It also has a full Akrapovic race exhaust, full race loom, Techtronic quick shifter, and quick release fuel tank amongst a lot of other features.
Then you’ve got the Factory YEC top and bottom yokes, Ohlins superbike forks, billet Brembo front calipers and Nissin 2-pot race caliper at the rear. The swing arm is braced with a Maxton full race rear shock, there are Harris rearsets and clips, plus an Ohlins steering damper. And you also get a set of Marchesini magnesium wheels for the dry and 5-spoke Marvic wheels with wet tyres.
Pretty good, but what’s even more interesting is the estimated price, which is between £9-£14,000. Not bad for a bike which is pretty unusual, and not only qualifies for Golden Era racing, but will soon also be eligible for the Manx GP as well. Or will just stand out and potentially shock far newer bikes on your track day of choice.