BOB WRIGHT

Classic Dirtbike - - You Neeed -

Run­ning a works team in a num­ber of dis­ci­plines is never easy. Re­sources are of­ten stretched, cer­tainly as far as the Eu­ro­pean fac­to­ries were con­cerned as with­out the vast sales of small ca­pac­ity ma­chines to var­i­ous Asian coun­tries that the Ja­pa­nese fac­to­ries en­joyed in­come was of­ten lim­ited. When speak­ing to Bob Wright who joined Montesa in 1974, he felt the mo­tocross ef­fort was sec­ond to the tri­als scene. “Don’t get me wrong there, the fac­tory and San­di­fords were bril­liant to be with and all sides did their best for me in par­tic­u­lar but they had a mas­sive tri­als team and were rid­ing high with that at the time. I was di­rectly linked to the fac­tory in Spain, full works rider but as San­di­fords were close to me in Lan­cashire it was log­i­cal to be linked with them too. I ini­tially rode the 250 which was a good bike and then came the 360 which was the pre-pro­duc­tion pro­to­type. At the out­set it was a de­cent ma­chine and needed de­vel­op­ment which is what I was in­volved in and we did all sorts to it to mod­ify and im­prove it, ex­hausts, car­bu­re­tion which is what two strokes need.” Bob car­ries on to say the 360 had real po­ten­tial but sadly was not to be. “I re­ally liked San­di­fords, my sort of peo­ple,” he fin­ishes.

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