Motocross

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HA! WHAT a fool that Lawless bloke is, first he lets me abuse his lawnmower and now he’s allowing me to abuse his ‘comment’ column. HA! WHAT a fool that Lawless bloke is, first he lets me abuse his lawnmower and now he’s allowing me to abuse his ‘comment’ column. But seeing as I care about this magazine more than I could ever care about his poxy lawnmower I’m gonna behave and show a little bit of restraint and respect.
And now we’ve moved seamlessly onto the subject of respect I’ve got to say I’ve always had a ton of the stuff for the top motocross racers – but this year two in particular have deserved a little more than most. As a fan of the sound and smell of two-strokes it’s only natural that I’d secretly support those who ride them at the highest level.
This season Tyla Rattray and Tanel Leok have been the true defenders of the two-stroke faith – almost underdogs in a sport that’s obsessed with the latest breed of four-bangers. Well, at least they were…
Tanel’s now been enticed to the darkside by the lure of the factory four-banger and Rattray’s not gonna be far behind as a works KTM thumper seems to be headed his way for ’05. So where does that leave us two-smoke lovers?
Surprisingly, it’s the people who started the four-stroke revolution in the first place who could possibly be the unlikely saviours of the two-stroke. Yamaha have made a move to try and remind us why we originally swapped from four to two-stroke power way back in the day.
It was all about weight, manoeuvrability and ease of maintenance back then and that’s what Yamaha are really trying hard to push with their new line of alu-framed two-stroke race bikes now. But regardless of where your loyalties lie – different strokes, different manufacturers or whatever – it’s good to know that there’s never been a better choice of competitive machines available on the market.
Of course, having a wide choice isn’t always a good thing. Just ask Lawless…he’s still down at B&Q trying to find himself the perfect lawnmower – either that or he’s popped up to Cumbria and bought himself a sheep!