Daryl Beattie’s view
“That’s the most fun I’ve had since I retired in 1997,” declared Beattie as he tried to wipe the smile off his face after leaving blackies and smoke all over Queensland Raceway on the Cagiva. “That’s the most laps I’ve done on a track for some years. I’ve only done those commentating laps or press launch laps but as soon as I left pit lane all the memories of 500cc GPS came back. Nothing beats a 500. I felt good on the bike and it all started to come back to me. I remember this bike well and always wondered what it would be like to ride. It feels similar engine-wise to the Yamaha I rode in 1994 but it handles better. It’s really sweet and the carbon brakes are just awesome when you haven’t used them for a long time. It feels really good to ride a race bike again. You just can’t beat the way they steer, stop or accelerate. The thing just wants to wheelstand in every gear. Unreal!” Daryl says he always knew the Cagiva was a competitive machine in the right hands, “The King (Eddie Lawson) did a lot for Cagiva and Kocinski had some good results on the bike. There’s no doubt that it had more potential so it is a shame that this was the last one.”
From any angle the Cagiva 500 looked better than any 500 in history.
Daryl left plenty of rubber on the Tarmac. He’s forgotten nothing about how to ride fast!