FIRST IM­PRES­SIONS ANDY BLACKMAN

Trial Magazine - - PRESENTATI­ON -

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!”

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