Rare ‘big banger’ restored
LOCAL motor cycling legend Dave Peterson rode a forgotten era Moto GP two-stroke machine at the Zwartkops Day of Champions last weekend.
The Proton KR3 was part of a grand prix attack with these big-bang, threecylinder, two-stroke machines back in the 2002 title chase.
KZN’s Rory Nesbitt worked for over a year to get the factory bike which was ridden by Nobuatsu Aoki. The bike is among a handful of Protons, all with a top speed recorded in Australia’s GP at 320 km/h and weighing just 110 kg.
The featured three-cylinder, two stroke motor works on the big bang principle of all three cylinders firing before 180 degrees.
Kenny Roberts spared no expense on making the machinery with over 50 personnel working on every single area of the unique GP racer.
Nesbitt, who has pioneered the bike rebuild, says that it was a day to remember when former Moto GP rider Dave Peterson took the bike on parade with other “Team Incomplete” legends.
Dave Peterson gets his 180 horsepower Proton KR3 to perform in track testing. The priceless bike raced Motor GP in 2002 with Kenny Roberts junior on board.