FIRST IMPRESSIONS ANDY BLACKMAN
A Works rider for one day is how I would describe my invitation to the official press launch of the new Montesa Cota 300RR. After the introduction presentation the evening before in Spain, I was more than looking forward to having a ride on the new machine which certainly make me think about a move to a four-stroke motor.
“I would be telling a lie if I said I do not like the sound of the Cota 4RT motor, it certainly raises the hairs on the back of your neck when you witness the riding of the factory supported riders in the WTC. I have been involved with the WTC this year minding for Billy Bolt, and I have watched with interest the performance of both Eddie Karlsson and Oriol Noguera on what we eventually were told would be the 2016 Cota 300RR.
“The aesthetics of the new ‘Mont’ work well for me, and I must admit it has a very cool look about it. I have been tempted to purchase one before, but when I have ridden them the feel has been that it’s quite heavy to ride in the hazards and so I have remained loyal to the two-stroke machines. At the presentation it was explained that the new model will have a lighter sensation for the rider, which I was about to find out.
“The longer kick-start lever gently eases the motor into life and this is where the new experience begins as it feels very ‘two-strokish’ when you turn the throttle. Gear selection and clutch action are very precise and sharp, and we were soon under way. The riding position has been changed, with the rider bias more towards the rear of the machine which in turn does give you a much lighter feeling sensation. The new motor also loses the four-stroke ‘shut-off’ sensation.
“After attempting a few smaller hazards I soon moved on to some more challenging ones and the attributes of the new motor setup came to light. It’s not just in the mind as the machine is easier to manoeuvre and very flowing when on the move. Power delivery is second to none and I soon became very confident and in control. Everything about the machine including its presentation and performance puts a huge smile on your face. Would I purchase one? – yes please!”