Tetsuya Harada's 1993 TZ250M OWF3

Harada's GP250 championship winning Yamaha, close up and personal

This is Tetsuya Harada's 1993 championship-winning Yamaha TZ250M. For me, it was the most interesting bike in the Yamaha GP museum.

This v-twin engined 250 took over from Yamaha's previous YZR250 parallel-twin and offered riders more torque and an easier to manage power delivery. It was never the fastest 250, but scored big on handling.

Harada won four races on it during the '93 championship, fresh from the ultra-competitive Japanese national championship where he beat Okada's Honda to the 250 title in '92.

Harada became Japan's second world champion, 16 years after Takazumi Katayama took the 350 crown.Harada moved to Aprilia in 1997 and also raced in 500s but without the success he'd enjoyed in the 250 class. He retired from racing in 2002.

Check out the detailed shots of his bike below.

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