had to happen, but there'll be several damp eyes around the
MotoGP world, I'm sure, as 2-stroke 500cc race bikes finally pass
into the history books.
Nobuatsu Aoki and Jeremy McWilliams
rode the wheels off their Proton KR3 triples to claim 10th and 12th
places respectively in the Jerez GP. Next round will see them on
the long awaited V5 four stroke, and the era of the stinkwheel will
finally have come to an end.
Having raced 2 stroke 500s in
the dim and distant past I for one will be having a quiet pint in
honour of the passing of something special. They were relatively
primitive, difficult to ride, unpredictable,
environmentally unfriendly and occasionally downright dangerous.
But they made for some of the best racing, and racers, ever. The
development of racing 2 strokes gave reliable and relatively clean
power to a generation of cheap smaller engined bikes, and that legacy
lives on in the current 2 stroke commuter scooters you see every
Future developments may well see
the 2 stroke becoming environmentally acceptable again, so don't
write all that history off as just another technical blind alley
for a while yet...