Posted 03 September 2008 - 07:25
This "Classic Motorbike" website is the one of the company that Hubert Rigal either works for , or owns ( fully or partly ) , I'm not sure
From memory the 1985 Pernod saga goes as such : at the beginning of the year , the Pernod management realised that their original design, which had not significantly evolved since the original drawings of 1981 , was starting to become totally outdated and uncompetitive against the japanese machinery . They were not prepared to fund a complete new design ( which would have been the only solution if they had been really serious about it ) but still decided to hire Alain Chevallier, who had gained a serious reputation with the bikes he had built with his own frames and self-tweaked Yamaha engines, with the mission to build a new frame and to do what he could to improve the old engine . This produced the bike which is advertised for sale in the linked page .
But this desperate attempt did not produce the expected miracle, the machine sadly proved uncompetitive, tensions appeared between the Pernod company head office and the bike racing team, and mid season the owners decided to call it a day and shut down the factory team, but still gave a budget to Jean-François Baldé in order to finish the season. From the Belgian Grand Prix onwards, I think Baldé had a choice of two bikes , the Pernod/Chevallier frame he had started the season with, but with a Yamaha engine fitted , and a real TZ, indeed one of Christian Sarron's previous year championship winning machines. He used the TZ, branded in Pernod colours, most of the time .