Today the expectation is that a motorcycle manufacturer produces a full range of models sold world-wide, providing income capable of hiring professional riders and keeping a Grand Prix team in the field every year, competing in every event. It wasn’t like that for Benelli. Their sales were mainly in Italy (Montgomery Ward rebranded a few for US sales) and comprised a few well-liked models. Benelli’s relations with riders were mainly familial in nature. Those riders were Silvio Grassetti (son of a Benelli employee), competing in his first GP in 1959, then the great Tarquinio Provini in the middle 1960s, followed by Renzo Pasolini in 1967.