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In 2018, after a couple of shakedown races, Nielsen and the 250 Bartol became consistent front-runners in the 11-race European Historic series www.klassikmotorsport.com run at tracks from Assen to Most/cz, from Franciacorta in Italy to Sachsenring and Oschersleben. Leif eventually wound up second in the championship – but in 2019 he went one better and won the 250cc title with a series of victories, frequently beating most of the 350cc bikes running in the combined race. “I can’t deny having a sense of mission accomplished,” says Taylor. “To get the bike performing as well as we have with Harald’s help finally shows what an excellent design the engine was all along. Leif’s ridden it very well, fast, but also safe – I couldn’t have asked for more, and it’s been great having Derek Booth along as well, to help me look after the bike.” Bartol is also undeniably pleased. “What Alistair and Leif have done with my engine is very satisfying,” he says. “Okay, so it’s only Historic racing – but the lap times are good, and there are a lot
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