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The meeting was the Gauloises Powerbike International 27/28 October 1979 run on the Brands Hatch GP circuit.
‘Many enthusiasts would argue that the DOHC 250 Morini, which reached a peak in 1963 when the might of Honda only just managed to vanquish the lone Italian single with Tarquinio Provini in the saddle, was the most outstanding design of its type ever conceived.
Prior to Dave Simmonds’ World Championship in the 125cc class in 1969, Kawasaki had made little impact on the international Grand Prix scene.
Strange how some days just don’t turn out as expected. There I was cutting the lawn when I received a phone call recruiting yours truly to test the Ghezzi and Brian Folgore that same day.
Allan McKee is a regular in UK magazines having featured along with his 1100 Katana as well as a regular competitor with the FRC and the Earlystocks club.
The Kawasaki twin had one of the longest gestation periods of any post war race machine.
As early as 1968, a V-four was considered as the way forward for the larger capacity Yamaha, the 500cc YZ648A intended for the GP classes and the 750cc YZ648 intended to compete in the USA.
Deafening noise, vibration and an impossibly heavy throttle gets the better of Chris Pearson after just five laps of MalloryPark on this beast of two stroke and it’s a relief to be safely back in the paddock, but Richard Digby’s monster machine is certainly fast.
During the mid 60s Kawasaki led the world in two-stroke race technology, the pinnacle of this arguable being the 125cc KR-3 V four two stroke.