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‘It went from 50 to 150bhp in just 100rpm!’

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“There was noth­ing like rid­ing a rac­ing two-stroke. The NSR was light, ag­ile, had 200bhp and was so re­spon­sive to the throt­tle. They were edgy.

“The midto-late 80s was a dif­fi­cult time to be rac­ing mo­tor­cy­cles. The chas­sis weren’t very good but there was a lot of power. It came in at 9700rpm and you go from 50bhp, rise an­other 100rpm more and you have 150bhp. It was re­ally ag­gres­sive and the top speed was in­cred­i­ble. There was a lot of en­gine development done – the chas­sis took a long time to catch up.

“I en­joyed get­ting the bike to work. The en­gi­neers at Honda made a mis­take to be­gin with though, fig­ur­ing that the weight should go down low, but in hind­sight Suzuki were cor­rect with putting the weight higher. In 1988 and 1989 we started mov­ing the chas­sis around and then we worked on the big-bang en­gine which helped make the tyres last bet­ter with us­able power. The late 1992 NSR was un­be­liev­ably good and didn’t re­ally get changed from then un­til the last NSR500 in 2002. That last ver­sion of the NSR500 won ti­tles for Rossi, Criv­ille and Doohan.”

‘The last NSR500 won ti­tles for Rossi, Criv­ille and Doohan’

WAYNE GARDNER 1987 500GP CHAM­PION

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