You. Call. That. LeanFri, 14 May 2010
Jean Philippe Ruggia, 1988, Coppice at Donington Park, Sonauto-Yamaha 250. This is elbow lean action.
There was a previous blog entry of Ben Spies and his elbow grazing the tarmac onboard the M1 Yamaha, I admit it is impressive but I find myself admiring the horizontal angles that Ruggia submitted his 250 Yamaha to, with the above image taken at Coppice as a prime example.
Riding a 250 Yamaha in 1988, J.P Ruggia finished seventh overall that year with a best place finish of third at the Spanish GP in Jarama. At the Donington round that year he crossed the line in sixth place.
He did take his first victory in the the 250 class a few years later at Donington Park in 1993. In the history of the 250's J.P is arguably one of the most entertaining riders from the late 80/early 90's era.
By Robin Goodwin
See also: Riding in groups, Live from the launch of the Yamaha FZ8, Colin Edwards and Ben Spies Go on a Man-cation [Video].