It races again

Classic Racer - - CLASSIC RACER BARTOL’S 1983 250 -

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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