Speed Shifter (750 cc)
I always enjoyed the 125 GP class; the franticly buzzing two-strokes always provided an intense and highly entertaining race. Even though they were replaced this year by the new Moto3 class, which uses single cylinder four-stroke 250s, I expect that it will be more of the same. That's a good thing. However, after watching the first practice session in Qatar, I realise that an adjustment period is required. The familiar manic tone of the 125's Texas chainsaw soundtrack is gone and in its place is a low, almost hushed drone. And instead of feeling the hair raise on my arm, I now find myself looking skyward in full expectation of catching the sight of a World War I dogfight.
Kick Starter (500 cc)
Careers on track
Me too, and apart from being its own competition it always seemed to be the first step on the road for racers on their way to the big show. Over the years the way to MotoGp was through 125s and 250s, hopefully with some good results, and a portfollio that could be touted around the top factory team managers. Although a rider could save himself a lot of time and effort of course by being American. The boys from the land down under also made up their own entry rules into the top class and gave us three world champions. One of which was possibly the bravest, most competitive racer in all of motorsport. Up the Ausies.
Originally Posted by Uwe W.
Another worthy of mention is Mr Frederick Spencer, a baby faced American who became the first and only man to win the 250 and 500 crowns in the same season. Yes, Fast Freddy was that good.