1982 was the final year of the 350cc class in Grand Prix racing. Here is a look at Jeanfrançois Baldé's KR350 on which he finished 3rd in that year's championship.
This is Jean-françois Baldé’s 1982 Kawasaki KR350 on which he finished 3rd overall in the title hunt that year. It was a 12,000rpm, 75bhp green meanie…
KAWASAKI'S FIRST KR350 ACTUALLY HAD A CAPACITY OF 306CC. IT WAS BASED ON A 1976 KR250 WITH A LARGER BORE AND WAS SENT TO NEVILLE DOYLE'S TEAM KAWASAKI AUSTRALIA FOR TESTING DURING 1977. GREGG HANSFORD WAS ONE OF THE RIDERS INVOLVED IN ITS DEVELOPMENT.
THE KR350 HAD A VERY SUCCESSFUL CAREER AFTER A ROCKY FIRST COUPLE OF YEARS WITH THE 250. BALLINGTON WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE 350S GP DEBUT YEAR OF 1978 WITH NINE VICTORIES. TEAM-MATE GREGG HANSFORD FINISHED 3RD WITH THREE WINS. BALLINGTON FOLLOWED UP AGAIN TAKING THE TITLE IN 1979 WITH FIVE WINS WITH HANSFORD SCORING THREE WINS FOR ANOTHER 3RD IN THE FINAL POINTS. 1980 SAW ANTON MANG AND BALDÉ FINISH IN 2ND AND 3RD POSITIONS. MANG, JON EKEROLD AND BALDÉ COMPLETED THE 1981 SEASON IN THE TOP THREE SPOTS. AND IN 1982 MANG WAS AGAIN VICTORIOUS WITH BALDÉ 3RD WITH ONE AND THREE WINS RESPECTIVELY – BALDÉ UNFORTUNATELY SUFFERING THREE DNFS.